The Little Havana neighborhood in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Miami, Florida. Named in honor of the Cuban culture that dominates the area, Little Havana has a plethora of incredible shops, cafes, art galleries and restaurants just waiting to be explored. If you’re planning on visiting this iconic Miami community, don’t miss these five hotspots.
At the heart of Little Havana is the world-famous Calle Ocho. Decades ago, many Cubans fled to Miami in search of freedom, bringing with them their music, cuisine and culture. Along Calle Ocho you will find various street art, fruit stands, cafes and shops. Stroll through the area and soak in the vibes of this bustling main street. If you are in Miami in March, I highly recommend experiencing the Calle Ocho Festival. You’ll love the beautiful dancers in costume, street performers and live music.
Azucar Ice Cream Company
Indulge your taste buds in sweet Latin flavors at Azucar Ice Cream Company. What makes this ice cream shop so authentic is its use of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and recipes inspired by the owner’s Cuban Abuela. I can’t ever leave without my mantecado! Check them out here.
Casa Florida Restaurant & Bar
This cocktail bar is the spot to see and be seen. Their drinks are incredibly refreshing and infused with Havana’s most signature flavors. Quench your thirst with a Redland Guava Mojito, made with Havana Club Blanco, local guava marmalade, lime and mint. (It is a must-try.) Don’t just stop at the beverages though – get a taste of Latin and Floridian-inspired too! Each element of the Casa Florida Restaurant and Bar can be summed up into one word – authentic. Look through their menu here and you’ll see what I mean.
Ball & Chain Night Club
One of the most popular places to visit in Little Havana is Ball & Chain. This late-night hangout and live music venue traces its roots back to 1935 when the original location opened. Though quite a few decades went by without it, Ball & Chain opened in the 1990s as a revitalized entertainment destination that has become a staple in Miami. I love their live salsa music and their very popular Mambo Mondays.
Café La Trova
Never heard of Trova? You’re missing out! Trova is a beautiful type of signature Cuban music that you can listen to live at this famous café. The musical tunes are just one aspect of what draws in crowds at this spot on Calle Ocho, however. The other draw is the delectable cuisine with its traditional Cuban flair by James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Michelle Bernstein. Believe me when I tell you that you should not leave this amazing restaurant without tasting the Banana Tres Leches dessert (see the whole menu here). If you’re in Miami, you should spend quality time experiencing these five authentic spots in Little Havana. While each is unique in its own way, they are all inspired by the same energetic Cuban culture.
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