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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

A little slice of Cuba can be found in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. This is the place to immerse yourself in Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s rich Cuban culture and enjoy some authentic food, coffee and art. Shoppers will find that there’s also a sprinkling of shops that line bustling Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street). From hand-rolled cigars to guayabera shirts (fitting for the subtropical weather) and handmade souvenirs, here are some of the must-shop stores in Little Havana.

D&D Gift Shop

Run by two sisters, D&D Gift Shop is one of the best places to support local artisans in Little Havana. Everything is handmade, and you can shop for souvenirs such as magnets, key chains and hats, as well as jewelry made by five different makers. There’s also a strong focus on art, with small paintings depicting local landscapes and the roosters that roam Little Havana. You’ll also find hand-painted postcards here. In the back of the souvenir store is D&D Art Restoration, where the sisters repair and touch-up art pieces.1522 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135

Dragonfly Thrift

Everything from clothing to collectibles gets a second chance at Dragonfly Thrift boutique. Dig through the racks to find gently used women’s clothing, home décor ranging from framed art to glass bowls and candle holders, as well as antiques and furniture. You’ll also find a curated collection of second-hand designer and vintage brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada. Shopping here also does good for others, as proceeds go to support Ladies Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP), a nonprofit that helps women put prison in their past. 3141 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135

The Havana Shirt Store

Family owned since 1972, the Havana Shirt Store is the place to buy a stylish guayabera, which is a traditional Cuban shirt. The store even sells an updated version of the shirts with a slimmer fit for the younger crowd. Stop by to discover how the lightweight guayaberas and linen shirts are perfect for Miami’s balmy weather. Shoppers can also scoop up vacation must-haves such as Panama hats, linen shorts and Cuban linen shoes, which are two-tone wingtips that pair perfectly with the shirts. Next door, you’ll find Rooster Alley, a parking lot that was converted into a place to showcase Cuban artwork including an 18-foot-high mural that depicts the Little Havana lifestyle and its people. 1421 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135


Tucked away in a historic cottage in Little Havana, KDR305 is a contemporary art gallery helmed by Katia David Rosenthal. You’ll see art from emerging artists from around the globe as well as local Miami talent, with exhibitions that change often. A visit to the studio is by appointment only, so you will want to call ahead. 1322 SW 11th St., Miami, FL 33135

La Colada Gourmet

While artfully made Cuban coffee is the name of the game at La Colada Gourmet, this adorable shop also serves as a gift shop and gallery. Not only can you pick up their freshly roasted coffee, but you’ll find plenty of interesting gifts ranging from handmade lamps to coffee mugs and eclectic artwork. 1518 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135

Little Havana Cigar Factory

Walking through Little Havana, there is no shortage of shops and factories selling hand-rolled cigars. A standout shop for cigar aficionados is the Little Havana Cigar Factory, which opened in 2008. The locally owned shop offers around 800 brands of hand-rolled cigars such as Davidoff and Arturo Fuente. You can also find accessories such as ash trays, humidors, cutters, lighters and more. 1501 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135

Take a Break from Shopping

Rest your feet and have a treat: Little Havana is brimming with ventanitas, which are walk-up windows where you can grab a jolt of Cuban coffee, croquetas and pastries. Must-try Cuban-inspired spots include the iconic Versailles Restaurant and the locally loved Sanguich.

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