One of Miami’s most cherished and colorful neighborhoods, Little Havana is full of history, art galleries, and lowkey family-owned restaurants. The main strip in Little Havana is Calle Ocho (a.k.a. Eighth Street), which is also the name of the huge annual all-day street music festival. Here, you’ll also find the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame with stars dedicated to big names like Celia Cruz, Julio Iglesias, and Gloria Estefan.
Since Little Havana is more of a residential area, you'll have to look outside the neighborhood to get some work done. Cafeteria-style cafes and diners abound in Little Havana, so heading south to Coral Gables to the Threefold Cafe will be your best bet for a suitable coffee shop for working. For an office environment, the Building coworking space in Brickell will get the job done.
Food is the heartbeat of this neighborhood, and a mainstay in Little Havana is cafecito, a shot glass-sized serving of coffee. You can grab a cafecito at any number of walk-up cafes or bakery windows like La Palma. One of the most iconic restaurants in Little Havana is Versailles Restaurant, which describes itself as “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant” and has served up delicious plates of seafood since 1971. There is also a collection of newer restaurants that will appeal to the trendsetting in-crowd, such as Cafe La Trova with its lively happy hour and live music. Los Altos is another great place to grab drinks and chill.
Recreation is taken very seriously in Little Havana. Any day of the week Maximo Gomez Park, also known as Domino Park, is the gathering place for the neighborhood's regular domino and chess players. Next to Maximo Gomez Park, the Tower Theater is an art deco-style building constructed in 1926 that is still used today as an event space for performances and lectures. In Little Havana, you can also catch a Miami Marlins game at the Loan Depot Park, the newish stadium that features a retractable roof. For most games, you can still walk up and buy tickets directly from the box office.
Based in South Florida, her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Afar, and Culture Trip. When she's not traveling, she's lost in a good book.
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