Experience Allapattah

Club Tipico Dominicano

Club Tipico Dominicano

Rubell Museum

Rubell Museum

Hometown BBQ

Hometown Barbecue

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By: Melina Martinez-Echeverria

Often considered one of the hidden gems of Miami, Allapattah is one of the city’s oldest communities. With a proud Latin heritage that’s as multi-faceted as its residents, the up-and-coming Allapattah District offers visitors a rich array of experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the destination.  Named for the Seminole Indian word “alligator,” Allapattah has a heavy Latin population including predominantly Dominican and Central American residents.  You will be able to find an interesting mix of delicious restaurants, contemporary art museum, and cool nightlife scene in this neighborhood. This historic area just north of the Miami Design District and Wynwood is a fast-growing area. Its great location coupled with its proximity to Miami International Airport, access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit system make it attractive to many investors. There is plenty to do in the five-square-mile radius to keep you entertained for hours.

A Cultural Melting Pot Centuries in the Making

Allapattah is among Miami’s oldest communities, tracing its history to the mid-1850s. Early settlement was led by William P. Wagner, the earliest white-American permanent settler known to historians. When he arrived in the area from South Carolina, he chose an elevated grove of trees bordering the Miami Rock Ridge for his homestead. Allapattah found its stride at the end of the 1800s, developing steadily well into the 20th century. Thanks to the arrival of the Florida East Coast Railroad, the community welcomed an influx of new residents and continued to grow.

The 1950s brought greater diversity to the region, welcoming Blacksand Cuban immigrants to Allapattah. Although the neighborhood became home to one of the largest Cuban populations in Miami and continued to draw immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, and many other countries, today its population is predominantly Dominican, earning the nickname, “Little Santo Domingo.”

Things to Do in Allapattah

There’s plenty to explore in this friendly community. From food, to art and culture, to family-friendly activities, Allapattah has something for all its visitors.

Hometown BBQ
Dine at one of Allapattah's many restaurants like Hometown BBQ

Satisfy Your Appetite at the Best Restaurants in Allapattah

Like most of Miami’s best neighborhoods, Allapattah boasts its fair share of top-rated restaurants. Here, most of the culinary favorites are serving up their takes on authentic Latin cuisine, drawing inspiration from the flavors of many residents’ home countries. A must-try (even according to locals), is Papo Llega y Pon. It may not look impressive from the outside, but the pan con lechon (Cuban roast pork sandwich) is said to be the best around. This local gem does not take credit cards, so make sure to bring cash. 2928 NW 17th Avenue, Miami 33125

If you like BBQ, then Hometown Barbeque is an absolute must! It's not just a local favorite, but also one of this country's best! It is the second barbeque restaurant from Brooklyn, New York restaurateur, Billy Durney. Enjoy a classic barbeque menu for lunch and the addition of a wood-fired menu for dinner. Pair both mouth-watering menus with craft beers, seasonal cocktails or a selection of wines. 1200 NW 22nd Street, Miami 33142

You can’t go wrong with a visit to Miami Bakery Café, an Allapattah mainstay known for its wide selection of Cuban baked goods. Order up a variety of pastelitos, croquetas, and empanadas. Prepare to fall in love with their home-made juices and café con leche. 1990 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami 33125

Another popular dining destination in Allapattah is Nitin Bakery, famous across Florida for its traditional Dominican cakes (bizcochos) that can be made to order for any occasion. In addition to custom cakes, you can sample an array of Dominican specialties, including stuffed yucca, kipes, pan de agua and empanadas. 3100 NW 17th Avenue, Miami 33142

Rubell Museum
Admire contemporary art at Rubell Museum

Calling All Contemporary Art Lovers

Allapattah is also the proud home of the Rubell family's world-renowned, private collection of contemporary art—one of the largest in North America, boasting more than 7,200 works by more than 1,000 artists. The family relocated its collection from the Wynwood area in December 2019, and opened the Rubell Museum in Allapattah. In addition to expansive exhibit galleries, the museum has a garden beautifully landscaped with native Florida plants, and offers multiple event spaces, including the most extensive art research library in South Florida. 1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami 33127

Soak Up the Sun at Juan Pablo Duarte Park

Juan Pablo Duarte Park is one of Allapattah’s favorite hangout spots, especially popular with locals hoping to take advantage of Miami’s gorgeous weather. Large trees and generous swaths of grass offer a peaceful retreat from the city, while a small outdoor gym area and jogging trails provide a scenic place to get in a quick workout. A children’s playground and splash pad make the park perfect for families and kid-friendly events, while the fields often host good-natured games of baseball that sports fans are sure to enjoy.

Las Rosas
Enjoy the casual vibes of Las Rosas

Grab a Drink at Las Rosas in Allapattah

There’s nothing quite like an authentic dive bar, and Las Rosas has managed to capture the laidback, no-frills essence perfectly. With its welcoming ambiance and casual vibe, this Allapattah bar offers up a late-night hangout that’s worlds away from the ultra-hip, trendy bars that make up much of the Miami nightlife.

Queue up your favorite song on the old jukebox, challenge your friends to a game of pool, or get your game on with the arcade machines. The bar also hosts regular events, including live music, dance parties, and more, so there’s always something new to check out. Before you leave, don’t forget to snag some pictures from the photo booth to remember your night out at Las Rosas. 2898 NW 7th Avenue, Miami 33127

Experience Dominican Culture at Club Típico Dominicano

Voted the best Latin club in Miami, Club Típico Dominicano has been a beloved family-owned fixture in the Allapattah community since 1985. It’s a combination restaurant and nightclub, offering salsa, merengue and all sorts of Latin music to get you moving and hearty Latin inspired food to stick to your ribs! The lively entertainment will make you feel like family. 1344 NW 36th Street, Miami 33142

Enrich Your Miami Experience with a Visit to Allapattah

Each of Miami’s uniquely fascinating communities makes a distinct contribution to the city’s past, present and future, and Allapattah is no exception. While the Allapattah neighborhood has always held a special place in the heart of Miami, recent years have witnessed the community blooming in new, exciting ways. For locals and visitors alike, spending time in Allapattah is a good way to connect with the rich diversity and cultural vibrancy that makes Miami such an incredible city.

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