Few neighborhoods encapsulate the breadth of Miami’s cultural spectrum like Little Havana. Considered the epicenter of Latin–primarily Cuban–roots in the city, it’s no surprise that Little Havana is Miami’s most populated area. You’ll find Mexican merging with Venezuelan, Spanish, and even old Florida history all along the same shared streets. Because of its vast and vibrant makeup, it sometimes seems hard to navigate even off the sidewalks of Calle Ocho. So we decided it’s time to bring it into our collection of neighborhood maps!
Before we bring in the full 24-hour itinerary, we’re simply breaking down our absolute favorite, can’t-miss gems. Remember, this is a curated list (by yours truly) and entirely subjective (although much of it is based on our crowd-sourcing to you and proclaimed Little Havana connoisseurs). But either way, we hope you find it useful and cherish the neighborhood’s wonderful businesses as much as we do!
Cuban Memorial Blvd Park – A grassy median with things like an eternal flame and other memorials for those who fought for Cuban independence.
Jose Marti Park – An urban green space with a recreation center, athletic fields, a fitness track and a swimming pool along the Miami River.
Tower Theater – MDC’s Tower Theater is one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks. It now screens a great selection of foreign and indie films.
La Isla Gift Shop – A collection of authentic textiles, designs, and art works crafted from the homeland.
Marlins Park – Home of the Miami Marlins and the former site of the legendary Orange Bowl. Catch any game for free after the 7th inning.
Photo by Ballparks of Baseball
Trail Theatre – Time-tested theater featuring a variety of live Spanish-language performances in an intimate venue.
Futurama 1637 Art Gallery – A creative workspace in the heart of Little Havana featuring studios, galleries, and creative office spaces.
Roam Miami – Miami’s branch of this co-living space is located in the former Miami River Inn, a collection of historical cottages along the river.
The Tower Hotel – Opening this fall, the historic boutique hotel in the heart of Little Havana will be the first of Selina’s US ventures. It’ll be a tropical, chill oasis. You can check out the Selina Brawlers retail, co-working, and coffee spot that is already open in the lobby.
Casa De Los Trucos – Seriously, the craziest costume store in Miami. They have everything you’ll ever need, packed to the ceiling.
American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora – The comprehensive history of Cuban immigrants will be on full display officially opening on September 8th.
Morphe Life – Encouraging space with state of the art gravity fitness, bouldering room, and spa & wellness treatments.
Domino Park – Adjacent to Tower Theater, this is the quintessential Little Havana hang where people of all ages partake in the classic Latin game of wit.
The Union Beer Store – A low-key craft draft beer shop with local selects, TVs and delicious bites.
Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina – Energetic Cuban eatery offering traditional dishes, cocktails & live music amid retro-themed decor.
El Nuevo Siglo – A brightly illuminated authentic supermarket that’s more than just a market, it’s a slice of the homeland.
El Rey de Las Fritas – It might be up for serious debate, but this is where Fritas rule in all their mouth-watering glory.
Yambo – Casual haunt serving ample portions of Nicaraguan standards like carne asada, tejadas & queso frito.
La Camaronera – Iconic little seafood spot founded by family of Cuban fishermen. Their fish sandwich is famous.
Taquerias El Mexicano – Burritos, tacos, enchiladas & more Mexican fare in a vibrant space with serapes & hanging plants.
Casa Florida – Craft cocktails and eclectic bites in a beautiful, vintage setting along the river. Open Thurs-Sun.
Versailles Cuban Bakery – Easily the most famous Cuban spot in Miami. Enough said.
Lung Yai Thai Tapas – Seriously amazing Thai bites in a cozy spot along Calle Ocho. Come early, it fills up quick and understandably so.
Ella’s Oyster Bar – Seafood-focused Latin fare & drinks in a laid-back, bright space.
Bar Nancy – This nautical-themed hangout pours creative cocktails offered with classic bar eats, live music and a back patio.
Azucar Ice Cream Co. – World-famous homemade ice cream shop boasting Cuban and Miami-themed flavors like Cafe con Leche, Willy Chirino, and Domino.
Doce Provisions – Chill spot for Latin bites & beer with a hidden tropical patio in the back.
Mi Rinconcito Mexicano – Old-school Mexican tacos, burritos & refried beans plated in unpretentious surroundings.
El Pub Restaurant – Down-home Cuban kitchen serving breakfast, lunch & dinner in diner-like digs with outdoor seats.
Velvet Cream Doughnuts – An absolute Miami staple dishing out hot and fresh donuts daily and brewed coffee.
Photo by Edible South Florida
Edukos – Friendly joint featuring elevated bar fare with a Latin twist, local beers and craft cocktails.
Los Pinarenos Fruteria – Neighborhood market for fresh produce & Latin American-inspired handmade smoothies with fresh fruit.
Arahis Bakery – Classic Cuban bakery featuring everything from fresh bread, croquetas, and pastelitos to sheet cakes for birthdays.
Exquisito Chocolates – Self-proclaimed “Miami’s First Chocolate Factory,” these treats are to die for.
Bakery Pastelmania – A long-standing neighborhood go-to for delicious goods all day long.
Pinolandia – There’s a reason this local Nicaraguan spot has opened two other locations around town, it’s that low-key good.
El Palacio de Los Jugos – You really can’t get more true-blue than this popular fruit spot also specializing in spectacular mojo and homemade delicacies.
Photo by Zagat
The Mighty – Relaxed gastropub serving craft drafts, cocktails, charcuterie & a variety of housemade sausages.
Doggi’s Arepa Bar – This small Venezuelan spot has garnered a serious local following for its arepas and, well, everything else.
Old Lisbon Restaurants – A seafood-heavy menu is the draw at this white-tablecloth Portuguese dining room.
Ball & Chain – Iconic music venue over 80 years old once the stomping ground for famous jazz musicians, now Little Havana’s most visited Latin performance space.
Photo by South Beach Magazine
Hoy Como Ayer – This bar and music venue is dedicated to everything Cuban, from music and food to traditional drinks.
Cuba Ocho – The story of Cuba is told via rotating art, music performances & a bar specializing in rum.
Teatro de Bellas Artes – An authentic theater space in a historical location with a variety of performances.
Neme Gastrobar – Elevated New American dishes & cocktails in a low-lit, intimate space with nightly live jazz music.
Photo by James and Karla Murray Photography