Named after Havana, the capital city of Cuba, Little Havana is cosmopolitan Miami at its finest. The heart of Miami’s Latin American community, this neighbourhood grew to prominence in the mid 20th century, when large numbers of Cuban families began emigrating to Florida. Today, it’s a friendly, vibrant spot that’s full of colour, music, energy, and a warm welcome. It’s unlike any other part of Miami, and well worth a visit.
Attractions in Little Havana
The Cubaocho Art and Research Center has an impressive collection of Cuban art pieces, and regularly holds Cuban-themed live music. Or spend some time at the Havana Cigar Factory, where you can browse luxury cigars and unwind in the stylish smoking lounge.
Eating out in Little Havana
Dining in Little Havana is a foodie’s dream, with the finest Cuban cuisine outside of Cuba, as well as other Latin American-themed restaurants serving different Caribbean recipes and Mexican food. One of the most popular is La Carreta, which is famous for its authentic home-style Cuban dishes like picadillo and ropa vieja. Another is Versailles, which has been serving Cuban classics for decades and offers a menu stuffed with other international dishes such as Spanish paella.
Bars and clubs in Little Havana
One of the most popular bars in Little Havana is Bar Nancy, which is great for creative craft cocktails and tasty bar bites. Then there’s the Ball & Chain, another popular nightclub originally established in the 1930s and now one of Miami’s premium Cuban music venues. In between cocktail sips, try some delicious appetisers and finger foods like marquitas chips with garlic dipping sauces, or go for a famous Cuban sandwich with crispy toasted bread, ham and cheese
If you love a good cocktail then you’re in luck, Little Havana is arguably the best place in the whole of Miami to enjoy one. Order a delicious minty mojito or a coconut and rum piña colada, two of Miami’s most famous and popular cocktails.
Events at Little Havana
One of the biggest celebrations takes place on the final Friday of each month, when Little Havana celebrates Cultural Fridays, known in Spanish as Viernes Culturales. This includes a huge gallery exhibit showcasing local artworks, as well as excellent live music and dancing.
Another event that’s definitely worth putting on your calendar is the Little Havana Art Walk, which is held on the second Friday of the month and also includes another big art exhibition, albeit on a more low-key scale than Cultural Fridays.
Other places to visit in and near Little Havana
Go to the HistoryMiami museum, which has Florida’s largest collection of historic artefacts. Learn about the history of Miami and its role as a Native American settlement and Colonial port, and see the gold and silver found from colonial shipwrecks. Or watch a game of baseball at Marlins Park, one of Miami’s biggest sporting venues. Also close by is the Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park, which commemorates the people who fought for Cuba’s independence.