How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Little Havana
Get a taste of the Cuban and Latin culture at one of Florida’s most vibrant towns, Little Havana. Located in the heart of Miami, this historic neighborhood will give you a glimpse of Cuba with its art, history and of course, delicious food.
This place isn’t very big, but there is a lot to do. From exploring the streets of Calle Ocho to dancing your heart out at Ball and Chain, here’s how to make the most of your trip to Little Havana.
Explore the Walk of Fame on Calle Ocho
Hollywood, California isn’t the only place that honors celebrities. Located between 12th and 17th Avenue, Little Havana also has its own collection of stars embedded on the sidewalk called the Latin Walk of Fame. These pink stars represent the artists who have made a significant impact in the Latin community and culture. I even saw my favorite telenovela actress' star, Thalia!
Sip on some Cafesito or Cuban coffee
As a coffee drinker with a strong sweet tooth, I am forever in search for the tastiest caffeine beverage. So, if you’re like me, you’ll surely love the delicious Cuban coffee and chocolates offered at La Colada Gourmet. (Address: 1518 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135)
Play dominoes with the locals at Domino Park
You can’t visit Little Havana and not stop by Maximo Gomez Park, also known as Domino Park. This place was named after a military soldier, who fought for Cuban independence in Spain back in the 19th century. At the park, you’ll find many locals playing an intense game of domino all while smoking a Cuban cigar. (Address: 801 SW 15th Ave, Miami, FL 33135)
Visit the Cuban Memorial Boulevard
Take a trip down Cuba’s history at the Cuban Memorial Boulevard. See all the monuments honoring Cuban soldiers who fought in the 1981 Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban War of Independence.
99 SW 13th Ave, Miami, FL 33135
Eat Cuban food
There’s a myriad of places to eat at Little Havana. One of the most well-known and probably the most touristy restaurants in the area is Versailles. It’s known to be a great eatery to try Cuban cuisines such as Cuban sandwiches, croquetas, and Lechon Asado.
3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
La Esquina De La Fama is also a popular restaurant in Little Havana. They’re known for their amazing mojitos and overpriced menu – so beware! Many tour buses stop here for lunch, so their passengers can have a quick bite to eat and cool off with a cocktail.
1380 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Another great spot to try Cuban food is El Exquisito. Here you’ll find a great selection of Cuban sandwiches and entrees.
1510 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Try a unique flavored cool treat at Azucar Ice Cream Company
Don’t forget to make room for some rare, homemade Cuban ice cream after lunch. Azucar Ice Cream Company serves 24 delicious flavors every day, so good luck trying to narrow down your choices to a few scoops! From Café Con Leche to their famous Guava “Abuela Maria" flavor, this place is a must-try in Little Havana.
1503 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Learn how to make a hand-rolled cigar
Visit one of the cigar shops in Little Havana to learn how to roll a cigar. Here are three cigar factories you can visit:
Little Havana Cigar Factory - 1501 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135
El Titan de Bronze - 1071 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33130
Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. -1528 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135
Not a cigar smoker? No worries! (Me, neither.) You can still go and watch cigar aficionados make one for you. Miami-Cuban hand-rolled cigars make great souvenir gifts to your dad, grandpa or uncle.
Catch a movie at the Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre is one of Miami’s oldest historical landmarks as well as one of the city’s leading cultural institutions. Not only can you catch independent and foreign films here, but you can also experience cultural exhibitions and performances from time to time. View Tower Theatre’s showtimes here!
1508 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Go dancing at Ball and Chain
Get ready to dance, drink, and listen to live Latin music at one of the most fun and energetic bars and lounges in Calle Ocho. Ball and Chain is a must-see in Miami, plus there’s also an outdoor area with a giant pineapple-shaped stage. How cool is that?!
This place gets pretty packed at night, so be sure to book a table in advance.
1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Now, are you ready to experience Little Havana? Which of these activities will you do?
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