Little Havana

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Little Havana – the heart of Miami’s Cuban diaspora – is part of what makes Miami such a dynamic cultural destination. The neighborhood is centered around Calle Ocho (Southwest Eighth Street), a vibrant thoroughfare lined with Latin-inspired restaurants, bakeries, fruit stands, cigar shops, rum bars, art galleries and music venues. It’s also where you’ll find the famed Máximo Gómez Park (known as Domino Park),where locals gather to talk politics over heated games of dominoes. The street is lined with murals and other artwork, from the mosaic tiles near Domino Park depicting classic symbols of Cuban heritage – cigars, musical instruments and tropical fruit – to walls covered with portraits of Cuban legends, including revolutionary poet José Martí and beloved singer Celia Cruz.


One of the best ways to dig into Cuban culture is through its food. Whether you make a pilgrimage to the classic, family-owned Versailles or pay a visit to one of Little Havana’s other top Cuban restaurants, you’re going to want to sample everything from strong, sweet Cuban coffee to the savory Cuban sandwich (made with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard pressed into crusty bread). These restaurants, which have a casual, convivial atmosphere, sport ventanitas (little windows), where you can order delectable treats on the go – try an empanada or a guava and cheese pastelito (pastry). Head to Azucar Ice Cream Company
for artisanal ice cream and sorbet with tropical flavors.


Little Havana’s arts and cultural scene is equally vibrant. The neighborhood plays host to the Calle Ocho Music Festival every March to celebrate Carnaval Miami, with big-name entertainers headlining the festivities. No matter when you visit Little Havana, you can always soak up the local art and culture at galleries and studios such as the Futurama 1637 Art Building and Molina Fine Art Gallery, or with an indie flick at the Tower Theater, which dates to 1926. One of the area’s best live music venues is the CubaOcho Museum & Performing Arts Center, which happens to be an excellent place to savor a mojito.

Little Havana: A Vibrant Latin Neighborhood

Little Havana

Little Havana
This slice of the “motherland” created by Cuban exiles in the 1960s, hums with perpetual activity, especially along Calle Ocho (SW Eighth Street) — the center of Cuban life and culture in Little Havana. This vibrant street is known for its Cuban restaurants, popular ventanitas, Cuban bakeries and colorful street festivals.

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Little Havana’s Latin Flavors
Little Havana’s Latin Flavors

Little Havana’s Latin Flavors

Sample Miami’s Cuban culture with a visit to Little Havana. Move to the rhythms spilling out from storefronts on Calle Ocho or stop to taste some of Miami’s best Cuban fare.
It's So Miami: Little Havana
It's So Miami: Little Havana

It's So Miami: Little Havana

Exquisito Chocolates
Exquisito Chocolates

Exquisito Chocolates

Little Havana's Exquisito Chocolates- Miami's first chocolate factory. Each piece is a work of art - like Miami. Livin La Vida Cacao
Life House Little Havana
Life House Little Havana

Life House Little Havana

Explore Life House - Little Havana's first boutique hotel.
Los Pinarenos
Los Pinarenos

Los Pinarenos

Learn the story of one of the neighborhood’s oldest businesses, the Los Pinareños Fruteria, An open air fresh fruit and juice market in the heart of Little Havana.
Old Station Cafe
Old Station Cafe

Old Station Cafe

Morning cafecito just like Abuelita makes at home... but with a Miami flair.

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