Little Havana is a thriving hub of Hispanic culture. Cuban exiles fled here in the 60s and 70s, creating a culturally rich destination. Today meet friendly locals and immigrants from various cultures who now call this Miami neighborhood home.Less
A cherished pastime in Little Havana is watching the local domino club compete in long-running games while debating politics at Máximo Gómez Park. Named after General Máximo Gómez, a Cuban revolutionary, the park is a popular place for locals. This vibrant public square features walkways of domino-decorated tilework and benches for spectators who want to watch domino players vying for a victory.
First-timers in Little Havana should visit the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, a museum and gathering space where art, live music and dance intermingle. The museum is home to a rare collection of Cuban art dating from the 1800s to the 1950s, an impressive selection of rums at the cafe bar, a research library, and live musical acts ranging from Cuban jazz to salsa bands.
Another Little Havana cultural jewel is Futurama 1637, a unique marketplace where you can peruse diverse artistry and watch local creatives at work. The gallery features 12 art studios and exhibits more than 30 local artists. This arts incubator is also the location of the annual Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival, an arts celebration featuring patio umbrellas hand-painted by local artists.
Little Havana is the best spot in Miami to sample authentic Cuban food. A Little Havana institution that deserves a visit is Versailles Restaurant, a staple in the community that has served Cuban coffee and cuisine since 1971. It’s a prime place to sip a cafecito and mingle with locals who gather outdoors near the walk-up windows to chat about politics and local news.
Take a break from the Miami heat at Azucar Ice Cream Company, featuring gourmet ice cream and sorbet. The company was established in the heart of Little Havana in 2011, creating recipes inspired by the cultures of South Florida, including signature flavors like Mantecado, a spiced, homemade Cuban vanilla. This artisan ice cream parlor also sources ingredients locally and supports neighboring businesses.
For a taste of the area, book the Little Havana Food and Walking Tour, a TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2022 Award Winner. Offered by Miami Culinary Tours, this guided culinary excursion gets you insider access to the best places for dining while sharing interesting facts about cultural landmarks and Little Havana traditions, such as cigar rolling.