Last week we released our Little Havana map and now it’s time to walk you through our 24-hour itinerary of the sun-drenched neighborhood. Historically, Little Havana has always been a safe haven for minorities. Whether it’s jewish families in the 1930s, black jazz musicians in a 1940s segregated city, or Hispanic immigrants from around the world, thousands have found a home in our vibrant corner of the Magic City. We all know it’s one of the most thriving cultural areas in Miami, so here’s how we think you can get the most out of the neighborhood:
Start you day off with either a cafecito at a ventanita (like El Pub) or a juice from Los Pinareños Fruteria. Then, head to Morphe Life Fitness for a pilates or a family-friendly rock climbing class. After that sweat, you deserve a hearty breakfast so get the basic out of the way and stock up on goodies at Versailles. When in Rome.
After that meal, you know it’s time to walk it off so we suggest starting with the Cuban Memorial Blvd Park for a slice of neighborhood history. Make your way up to Domino Park and get a game in or watch as the OG masters give each other a run for their money. Take your stroll up and down Calle Ocho and see the cigar rollers, La Isla gift shop, and the many creative quirks along the streets. Have lunch at Mi Rinconcito Mexicano for some of the most authentic fare in town and wash it down with a sweet scoop from Azucar. Beat the heat with a matinee at The Tower Theater or catch a game at Marlins Park (free after the 7th inning).
Now it’s time to meet up with friends and shake things up a bit. Grab a refreshing brew (or two) at the Union Beer Store where you can stock up on local taps. Then, gather the crew for happy hour drinks at the nautical-themed Bar Nancy. If you’re early enough, we highly suggest braving the wait for Lung Yai Thai Tapas, easily one of the most delicious Asian spots in town. Definitely lives up to the hype. Work that dinner off with some heavy dancing at Ball & Chain, hopefully you get to catch local favorites like PALO! or other Latin greats.
At this point you’re probably hungry again after all that calorie burning and Little Havana has its fair share of great late-night eats. Switch things up and head to Yambo (open 24 hrs) for some mouth-watering Nicaraguan delicacies or double up on the Mexican at Taquerias El Mexicano. Another alternative nighttime schedule could be on the southern end of Little Havana to avoid some crowds. Hit up The Mighty for booze, Doggi’s Arepa Bar for dinner and catch live jazz at Neme Gastrobar.
Viernes Culturales – It’s a pop-up culture festival that happens on the last Friday of every month around the Ball & Chain area.
3:05 Cafecito – It’s Miami’s official coffee break started by local agency JLPR. Keep an eye out for partner events and other things from them celebrating Havana’s culture all around.
Historic Neighborhood Tours – Every so often HistoryMiami hosts walking tours of the neighborhood led by historians like Dr. Paul George.