Shop Miami's Cultural Treasures

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Fruit vendor in Little Haiti

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Little Haiti Cultural Center

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The art of cigar rolling

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami’s position at the southern tip of Florida has made it a beacon for Latin and Caribbean immigration throughout its history. These traditions have become part of Miami's rich history, and you can shop these cultural treasures in Miami's unique neighborhoods. 

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Head to Little Havana for a taste of Cuban culture

Little Havana

Start your outing at iconic Domino Park where the colorful tile mural illustrates symbols at the heart of the Cuban culture: tropical fruit, musical instruments and cigars.

For an authentic, hand-rolled Cuban cigar, make your way to Cigar Boutique of Little Havana or Little Havana Cigar Factory where you can meet the cigar roller and watch the process firsthand.

Next, head to a bastion of antique furniture and Cuban flavor: the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center. The center also doubles as a rum bar and houses pieces once owned by Frank Sinatra.

While you’re in the neighborhood, gallery hop at the Futurama Building, Obrapia Fine Arts, Molina Fine Art Gallery and others, to find a one-of-a-kind gift by a Cuban artist.

Finally, duck into Little Havana To Go for fun souvenir shopping—you’ll find something for everyone on your list there.

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Stop by Sweat Records in Little Haiti for a wide selection of records

Little Haiti

The heart of Little Haiti can be found at the Little Haiti Cultural Center where you can learn about Haitian history, art, music and literature.

The Libreri Mapou Bookstore, owned by Jan Mapou, is found inside a pink stucco façade where you can buy books in Creole, French and English. While there, be sure to take in the sites of the nearby Little Haiti’s Caribbean Marketplace, an icon of Haitian culture in Miami.

For a taste of Miami’s indie music scene, head to Sweat Records for a vast array of new and used vinyl, accessories and gifts.

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Admire Purvis Young's murals throughout Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown

Take in the sights of the Purvis Young Murals at the entrance of Historic Overtown. You’ll also find the works of this self-taught painter and artist of the streets on the wall of the Culmer/Overtown Public Library branch as you make your way to the Historic Overtown Shopping Plaza.

This business corridor along NW 3rd Avenue is steeped in the neighborhood’s history and it’s the perfect place for a shopping outing. For clothing finds, head to Suited for Success.

A day in Historic Overtown isn’t complete without a meal at Jackson Soul Food, one of the oldest establishments for authentic soul food in the neighborhood.

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Sample Bahamian flavors and foods in West Coconut Grove

West Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove, first settled in 1825 and later annexed into the City of Miami in 1925, is the oldest continually inhabited neighborhood in Miami. When the Peacock Inn, Miami’s first hotel, was being built in the 1880s, a wave of Bahamian immigrants settled here to work. Today, the Bahamian culture continues to thrive, especially when it comes to food.

The West Grove Food Zone is one of the most popular restaurants for soul food with a Bahamian flair.

Additionally, the Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market hosted by Glaser Organic Farms sets up at 3300 Grand Avenue every Saturday where locals flock to buy fresh tropical fruit, vegetables, exotic rarities and delicious dishes.

Grand Avenue is the main hub of this historic district where the sounds and colors of the Caribbean permeate.

No matter which heritage neighborhood you choose to explore, there’s so much more than meets the eye in Miami during Shop Miami Month—and all year round.

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