A Guide to Miami’s Little Havana for Your Day Out
Skip the beaches of Miami and immerse yourself in an exciting Cuban culture with a visit to Little Havana. Get to know this famed neighborhood by taking our guide.
Taste the flavors of Cuba at Versailles Bakery
The name may sound French, but Versailles Bakery has been serving tasty Cuban treats to the Little Havana neighborhood. Load up your taste buds with their mini-Croissant (with turkey, cream cheese and guava jelly), Steak Empanada, Cuban sandwich (sweet ham, roast pork, Swiss Cheese on toasted Cuban bread) and so much more. And oh, their guava pastries and the Tres Leches cake are out-of-this-world that we simply just can’t enough! Aside from these pastries, check out the Ventanita where you can order Cafe Cubano, cigars and even Spanish-language tabloids.
Check out Versailles Bakery.
Turn up the tiles at Gomez Park
If you want to experience Little Havana at its best, be sure to visit the Maximo Gomez Park. More popularly known as Domino Park, this is the place where people come to spend a day playing dominoes (after all, domino is Cuba’s national game). You’ll be surprised with how serious and competitive the people (mostly older Cubans) play here. The Gomez Park also serves as a meeting place for people where they enjoy delicious coffee and a nice chit chat with their friends. After you’re done with a good game, head over to the Paseo de las Estrellas or Walk of the Stars where Latin American actors, artists, musicians and writers are honored with their stars.
Check out Gomez Park.
Snap a photo of the huge rooster at El Pub Restaurant
Add some avian-inspired art work on your Instagram feed with a photo of Gallo standing proudly in front of the El Pub Restaurant. This 70-pound fiberglass art installation is a representation of Little Havana’s pride. When you’re done with your photo session, you can always head inside for some nice country-style Cuban digs such as ropa vieja, Cuban sandwich, Cafe con Leche and other irresistible favorites. You can also get a glimpse of the memorabilia that is showcased on the walls of the restaurant.
Check out El Pub Restaurant.
Get a refreshing shake at Los Pinarenos Fruteria
If you want to quench your thirst with something refreshing like a smoothie, consider a visit to Los Pinarenos Fruteria. Their lineup of Latin American-inspired smoothies with fresh fruits will absolutely blow your senses away; we simply adore their sugar cane juice and batidos (milkshakes) with a shot of Cuban coffee. Los Pinarenos Fruteria is also the oldest open-air market in Miami, so you can also buy fruits, vegetables, honey, flowers and others.
Check out Los Pinarenos Fruteria.
Enjoy live music performances at Ball and Chain
Ball and Chain is the perfect place to end your Little Havana stroll with its live music performances, tapas and cocktails. Don’t miss out tapas favorites featuring Mariquitas de Maduros (golden plantains), Queso Frito (Dominican-style fried cheese with guava rum sauce), Elena Ruz sandwich (roasted turkey, cream cheese with strawberry preserves) and more. Their specialty cocktails complement well with the tapas; we absolutely love the Calle Ocho Old Fashioned, Bananita Daiquiri and Call Me A Cooler (mango vodka, passion fruit puree, fresh lime juice, club soda) — one’s never enough!
Check out Ball and Chain.
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