|Little Havana, as you may have guessed from the name, is a neighborhood within Miami with a very large Cuban population. In fact, strolling along Calle Ocho almost feels like hopping on a boat and sailing to Cuba.|
About Little Havana
Visit the Walkway of the Stars, which is almost as good as a trip out to California. This section of the neighborhood honors Latin American celebrities, not just Cubans. Many popular names can be seen here, including Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz.
Everywhere you go you will pass elderly men playing dominoes in a time honored Cuban tradition. To see the most dedicated players, take a walk over to Domino Park. The locals who participate in these games take them very seriously and they can be seen playing every afternoon. The official name of the park is Maximo Gomex Domino Park, named after the famous soldier from the fight for Cuban’s independence against Spain.
Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays as it would be known in English, is a monthly event that takes place on the last Friday of every month. This celebration of Cuban culture combines the new and the old and brings locals, tourists, art enthusiasts, and anyone else looking for a good time together. Restaurants offer special menu items on these nights. You can watch the street performers or get in on the action yourself with some tango classes.
Tower Theater is another popular attraction of Little Havana, conveniently located right next to Domino Park. It opened in 1926 as a movie theater. Though the 50’s and 60’s it was used for live entertainment and became very popular with the Cuban immigrants who were looking for something familiar in their new home. In 2002 the Art Deco architecture was restored and it is now back in service as a movie theater.
Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana claims to be the most famous Cuban restaurant in the world. Their coffee window, or ventanita is the perfect place to grab coffee, cigars, pastries, tabloids, and finger foods on the run. Similar ventanitas can be found throughout the neighborhood.