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Miami, Florida: Little Havana Self-Guided Walking Tour

See the major cultural and historic sites on the main strip of calle ocho..

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Miami, Florida 33135, United States

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Check out some of the more popular cultural and historic sites along the main strip of Calle Ocho (8th Street).

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Ball & chain, azucar ice cream company, cubaocho museum & performing arts center, the house of costumes / la casa de los trucos, bay of pigs monument, coral way k-8 center, pedro pan manument (monument location is approximate- it's in front of coral way k-8), walk of fame, maximo gomez park- domino park, tower theater, el exquisito, leave a comment, download the app, download the pocketsights tour guide mobile app to take this self-guided tour on your gps-enabled mobile device..

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Walking Tour of Little Havana

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Did you know you don’t have to visit Cuba to get a taste of Cuban culture? If you’re American, you don’t even need a passport!  Visiting Miami traditionally was all about the beaches and party scene but now that neighborhoods like Wynwood and the Design District have started becoming their own destinations, people are coming for cultural reasons (with a serving of beach and party on the side).  After living in Miami for 14 years I can there is no end to the things to do here and there is never a dull moment.  Little Havana in Miami is a delightful neighborhood full of great food, music, art and history. Here’s everything you need to know to take a walking tour of Little Havana.

Table of Contents

Brief History of the Cuban Community in Miami.

There is such an exciting mix of cultures that give the city its unique character. One of these is the Cuban community. How did so many Cubans end up in Miami?  Well they didn’t only come to Miami. In the late 19th century, Cubans made their way to Tampa and Key West so both of those places have flourishing Cuban communities also. However, I will focus on Miami’s unique history here.

Early Waves of Immigrations to Miami

The first wave of refugees began fleeing Cuba immediately after Castro’s forces drove President Fulgencio Batista into exile on Jan. 1, 1959.  Until 1965, roughly 200,000 Cubans, most from the educated upper and middle classes, left Cuba to escape Communist rule and a national take over of land and industry. These were wealthy landowners, bankers and business barons. They laid the groundwork for the next wave.

The second wave came between 1965 and 1973. Around 350,000 small business owners and working-class laborers came at this time. These groups of Cubans prospered economically and were a huge immigrant success story in America.

Mariel Boat Lift

This is an infamous time in Miami when a mass emigration of Cubans traveled from Mariel Harbour, Cuba to the USA in October 1980. This was in response to 10,000 Cubans trying to gain asylum on the grounds of the Venezuelan and Peruvian embassies. Fidel Castro said, “OK whoever wants to go, get the hell out.” (I’m paraphrasing a bit). He also opened his prisons, his mental institutions and planted them along with those he deemed socially unacceptable such as homosexuals and prostitutes on boats to Miami.

During this time 125,000 Cubans reached Miami. This group of people are forever known as the “Marielitos”.  Sadly, this altered the previously rosy view of Cuban immigrants to the rest of America. Cuban immigrants were now stigmatized and unfairly so since only a small percentage of these people were found to be true hardened criminals.  Interestingly, out of the around 125,000 refugees that entered the United States around 16,000 to 20,000 were estimated to be real criminals according to a 1985  Sun Sentinel  magazine article. This is the “Scarface” era of Miami, soon to be followed by the “Miami Vice” era. (those are must watch before coming BTW)

Wet Foot Dry Foot

Before the 1980s, all refugees from Cuba were welcomed into the United States as political refugees. This changed in the 1990s so that only Cubans who reach U.S. soil were granted refugee status under the “ wet foot, dry foot policy “. While representing a tightening of U.S. immigration policy, the wet foot, dry foot policy afforded Cubans a privileged position relative to other immigrants to the U.S.  Essentially, if a Cuban could get a foot onto US soil, they could stay and quickly obtain refugee status along with the perks.  If they were intercepted at sea (“wet feet”), they would be returned to Cuba or sent to a third country.

Photo of a window with woman singing, Little Havana Miami

How to Get To Little Havana

Well, first you have to get to Miami, obvy.

Miami International Airport

MIA is very conveniently located in the center of the city, 15 minutes from just about anywhere within Miami. This is an American Airlines hub with many direct flights from many places in the world.

Fort Lauderdale Airport

FLL is about 25 minutes north of Miami and sometimes has cheaper flights since budget carriers like Spirit, Jet Blue and Southwest fly here.

Super Shuttle

You can get shared rides on the shuttle from Miami Airport or Fort Lauderdale airport.

Uber or Lyft

It is very easily reached via Uber or Lyft and is only 10-15 minutes from downtown Miami and the airport.

Miami Trolley

The Miami Trolley is a fun AND FREE way to get around Miami and it now goes to Little Havana.

Gir posting with large rooster statue in Little Havana Miami

The street you want to look for is called Calle Ocho. This means “8th Street”.  This is specifically SW 8th Street near SW 17th Ave .  Please don’t confuse this with NW or SE 8th Street or 8th Avenue or you WILL get lost in Miami, and likely in a place where no English is spoken! Honestly, for a grid city, it is REALLY confusing because you have to have directions exactly right. There is much more than than just Calle Ocho, of course, but for tourists, this is the place to start for a walking tour of Little Havana.

Ceramic Mosaic of Calle Ocho, Miami

Things to See on Walking Tour in Little Havana, Miami

Visiting is SO easy. You really only have to walk up and down one street, Calle Ocho, to get a taste of many things, literally! You need to arrive hungry and ready to taste everything you see.  Here are some spots not to miss. Start at the corner I mentioned above and just walk a few blocks one direction and then cross the street and walk back. Easy peasy.

Art Galleries

Starting on the corner of 17th Ave and Calle Ocho you will be in a little section of Calle Ocho with many art galleries.

Artist Agustin Gainza

Gainza has been in the South Florida art scene for over 30 years. He has exhibited in galleries in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, including his native country, Cuba. His shop now offers tapas and the famous cafecito and mojito. His paintings are spectacular!

photo of Cuban Artist in his shop in Little Havana

Cigar Rolling Factory

Everybody knows that Cuba is the place for cigars, right? Well, what makes a good cigar? What makes it an authentic “Cuban”?  You will learn all of this and can watch a cigar rolling master at work. There are several places on Calle Ocho for this. This is only one of them. At this particular place ( Cuba Tobacco Cigar Factory ), they have a massive cigar that was smoked when Castro died.

Boxes of Cigars seen on walking tour of little havana

Have a Mojito With Live Music

Any restaurant or bar in Miami will have these but a fun place to have it with live music and a lovely garden complete with a pineapple stage is the restaurant Ball and Chain .

Band playing music on a walking tour of Little Havana Miami

Domino Park

This is such a wonderful glimpse into local life. This started with just a few old men playing dominoes and eventually, the city decided to make a nice park for the elderly. The rules are you have to be over 55, no gambling, no alcohol, no guns, no knives, no spitting. According to the hilarious tour guide, “All the things good about Cuban Dominoes out the window!”.

There is a gorgeous mural here commemorating the Summit of the Americas in 1994. The men playing dominoes are really serious but really friendly and don’t seem to mind if you politely watch. If you are lucky you can witness an argument. LOL

Photo of Domino Park in Miami

Bay of Pigs Memorial

This is a monument to honor of the fallen of the  Bay of Pigs Invasion.   Their names are engraved on the monument, and there is an eternal flame at the top. Very briefly, the Bay of Pigs invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba by a CIA sponsored counter-revolutionary military group made of mostly exiled Cubans. As the US involvement became apparent to the world, and with the initiative turning against the invasion, Kennedy decided against providing further air cover, which was part of the original Eisenhower plan. This was a horrible turning point for US Cuban relations, strengthened Cuban Soviet relations and was a massive failure of the Kennedy administration that forever demonized the Democratic Party in the eyes of the Cuban community.

Memorial for Bay of Pigs on Walking Tour of Little Havana

Memorial to Jose Marti

Jose Marti was the national hero of Cuba for dedicating his life to the fight for Cuban independence. He was a great journalist, poet, diplomat, and at the end of his life, a general. This is right next to the Bay of Pigs Memorial.

Memorial site with flags and statue in Little Havana Miami

Calle Ocho Walk of Fame

This pays tribute to Cuban and Latin American stars that the Hollywood Walk of Fame “forgot”.  Celia Cruz, aka the Cuban Aretha Franklin, was the first star placed here and somebody always leaves a fresh flower next to her star, which is so touching.

There’s not one specific place for it. It is really all over and easy to find. Almost every street corner has some and it’s all really cool. This may be my favorite mural in Miami.

Street Art of Women in Little Havana, Miami

Tours of Little Havana

There are plenty of tours of the area available, some focused on art and culture, some food and some both!

I highly recommend this one, which I did recently. You will basically see everything I showed you above and get to try all the treats I will mention below.  It was truly tons of fun. I learned a great deal AND ate a great deal!

Little Havana Walking Food Tour

Must Eat and Drink

Cuban food is infamous. I can attribute some weight gain to this cuisine when I first moved to Miami. Honestly, it’s some of the least healthy food ever but truly delicious. Miami has some of the best using traditional Cuban recipes and tropical ingredients but with the addition of some American items not found in Cuba.

Cafe con Leche

This is the first thing I run to get the second I land in Miami. Cuban coffee is the equivalent of liquid crack. It is STRONG. It is typically mixed with a TON of sugar. You’ve been warned.

Photos of cafecito cups, Little Havana Miami

The terminology confuses non-Miamians so I will “esplain to ju”!

  • Colada is similar to espresso…a small dark shot.
  • Cordadito (my fave) is like a macchiato.   A shot of the colada with a little bit of steamed milk.
  • Cafe con leche is like a latte. Lots of steamed milk. Delicious.

Don’t ask for sugar with it. It will already be there. In fact, the first words I learned in Spanish were “ poquito azucar ” (little sugar). You can get these anywhere and you will see little windows on the sides of restaurants and bakeries like this, specifically for coffee. This is at a place called Cafe Havana. I DO hope they get a sustainability movement here soon and ditch the styrofoam and plastic for something compostable!

Fun Fact:  When McDonald’s opened here they didn’t understand why nobody would buy coffee until they learned about Cuban coffee. They were the first McDonald’s in USA to serve “cafecito”.

This is ubiquitous in Latin American cuisine. It is essentially a dumpling. Dough wrapped around a filling and either baked or deep-fried.   The most common are stuffed with shredded chicken or ground beef but  sometimes you can find vegetarian ones with spinach or cheese. Every country makes them slightly differently. The Cuban version is very different from the Argentinian. This one from the window at El Pub, pictured above.

Cuban pastry on tour of Little Havana Miami

Papa Rellena

I was obsessed with these when I first moved to Miami. It translates to “stuffed potato”. It’s picadillo (ground meat with spices) inside a ball of mashed potato, all breaded and deep-fried. It’s extremely filling. I don’t have a photo! Sorry! Just look for the big fried ball type object. They are usually found in bakeries or in glass cases along with empanadas and pastelitos.

I don’t think mojitos are good anywhere else in the world (except Cuba). The classic 5 ingredients are white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint.  Add ice. Sometimes bars use Sprite instead of soda water but I find this too sweet. This one below is from the restaurant Ball and Chain, on Calle Ocho

Mojito in Little Havana Miami

Cuban Sandwich

This is a great example of a Cuban- American creation. It was a Cuban idea made with ingredients not found in Cuba like mustard, pickles and those little shoestring potato chip fries.  The ingredients are Cuban bread (like a soft baguette sometimes made with lard), roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard. In Tampa (where there is stiff competition for “the original” or “the best” Cuban sandwich, they use salami. You will NOT find this in Miami. LOL. Sacrilege!

I don’t typically eat pork but I had to try this while in Little Havana because it’s such a special thing. It has both ham and pork on it. They love their pig products! There is a vegetarian version with just cheese and condiments.

Cuban Sandwich in Little Havana, MIami

Cuban Bakery

You can really go to any bakery that you see. One I know is on Calle Ocho is Yisell’s. Further away is Versailles. Try all the pastries that your stomach can fit. They are especially good with a Cafe con Leche. Pictured is pastel con guayaba .   Pastry with guava. There is also one with guava AND cheese (my favorite) or just cheese. The cheese used is similar to a sweet cream cheese or ricotta. There’s also a sweet pastry with meat inside, pastel de carne . It sounds weird but it’s good.

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Azucar Ice Cream Company

This place is owned by a local Cuban woman and has an astounding variety of flavors and some have the greatest names. When Fidel Castro died, she made a flavor called Burn in Hell Fidel. It’s dark chocolate with cayenne pepper…I loved it. There was a line around the block for two weeks full of old Cuban men who couldn’t wait to yell “Burn in hell Fidel!”.  The signature “Abuela Maria” is vanilla blended with Maria cookies, guava, and cream cheese.  I will continue going until I try them all. The Mantecado is delicious. Try the various tropical fruit flavors like mamey and guava. You don’t typically get ice cream in those flavors in most places!

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Fresh Fruit Juice

If you pass a fruit stand or shop, go in and marvel at the enormous mangos and Florida avocados which can be bigger than your head. Try a fresh mango, coconut juice or sugarcane juice.

Fresh Fruit Little Havana Miami

All this food should keep your stomach happy but if you want a proper Cuban sit-down meal, there is no shortage of places. Vaca Frita (fried beef dish), Tostones (fried plantain), Yuca (type of root vegetable served with garlic sauce), Black Beans and Rice, Maduros (sweet plantains) are all things to try.

Looking for more things to do in Miami? I got you covered!

Guide to Visiting Wynwood Art District

Ultimate Miami Beach Planning Guide

Local’s Guide to Miami

I hope these Miami guides are helpful!  Where else in Miami do you want to visit? Drop me a comment and as always, share the love!

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Cherene Saradar

Cherene is a travel expert with 30 years of experience in over 100 countries and 7 continents. She has traveled solo to over 50 countries. She is also a nurse anesthesiologist with over 20 years of healthcare experience. Her passions include wildlife travel and visiting wine regions of the world.

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Julien Casanova | 3rd Nov 19

I love the Latin influence in Miami. Little Havana is so vibrant. The street art you discovered is fantastic!

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csaradar | 8th Nov 19

It’s definitely a must when visiting Miami!

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Ann | 3rd Nov 19

That food looks delicious!

I would love to go to Havanna, its been kind of a dream for so long. But its a dream thats gonna have to stay a dream for a while longer

Well you can more easily visit Little Havana! LOL

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nickymacke | 2nd Nov 19

Quite honestly, I think I could live there! At least as long as it takes to work my way through the Azucar Ice Cream Co flavours – wow! I was seriously planning my wish list menu for a week while reading this 😂 Thank you for providing us with so much food porn ☺️

Seriously…I could spend all day trying all the flavors.

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Things to do in little havana: your guide for cuban miami.

By Jodi Mailander Farrell

Miami  neighborhoods are as different as the multicultural people who live in this subtropical metropolis, where waves of immigration and history leave their watermark street to street.

From South Beach, Wynwood and Coconut Grove to Little Haiti, Overtown and the Design District, Miami is an ethnic archipelago, with each island-like neighborhood possessing its own personality and pleasures.

But if you want to experience the Magic City’s syncopated heart then follow the aroma of fresh-brewed  café Cubano  and the rhythms of  pachanga  to  Little Havana .

“If you want to know the real Miami, you must go to Little Havana,” says Julio Cabrera, the classically-trained  cantinero , or bartender, who co-founded Café La Trova, a retro Cuban hot spot in the heart of Little Havana.

“When you come to Miami, if don’t have a guava  pastelito , a cigar and a mojito in Little Havana then you haven’t visited Miami.”

Long recognized as Miami’s welcome mat for immigrants, starting with Cuban exiles in the 1960s and ’70s, Little Havana is a storied working-class neighborhood just west of downtown Miami. Its low-rise homes and apartments, coffee windows, music clubs and open-air fruit markets stretch 27 blocks long and 24 blocks wide, with Southwest 8 th  Street – better known as Calle Ocho – as its hustling artery.

In recent decades, newcomers from Central and South America have settled in Little Havana, most notably Nicaraguans, who have established  fritangas  (cafeteria-style restaurants), and even named a street after Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario. But the Cuban imprint remains strong – here and  throughout Miami-Dade County , where a quarter of the 2.7 million residents was born in Cuba and another 500,000 are of Cuban descent.

In the cigar-making, domino-playing, salsa-dancing hub of Little Havana, Spanish is the language of choice, roosters are pets, and the local McDonald’s serves  croquetas  and McCafecito. Declared a “national treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Little Havana is known for its historical, political, culinary and artistic contributions, as well as its architecturally valuable collection of early 20th century homes and commercial buildings.

Want to explore Miami Cuban-ity? Incorporate at least a few of these experiences into a visit to Little Havana…

Drink a  Cafecito

Thimble-sized cups of Cuban coffee, sweet and strong, fuel Miami. Stop by one of Little Havana’s many walk-up windows, or  ventanitas,  to sip one from a small plastic cup or down it like a shot. Add a little milk by ordering a  colada  or go big with hot steamed milk in a  café con leche,  the Latin version of a  latte . Counter the caffeine buzz with warm  croquetas , Cuban bread or a classic guava-and-cheese  pastelito . The neighborhood’s most iconic coffee counter is at  Versailles Restaurant , a Cuban exile gathering spot since 1971. Exuberant crowds gathered outside here to bang pots and pans after Fidel Castro died in 2016. Other popular coffee stops include  Los Pinareños Fruteria , a family-run fruit market;  El Pub , where the statue of a six-foot rooster guards the entrance; and  La Carreta , a beloved local Cuban chain restaurant.

In Maximo Gomez Park, better known as Domino Park, watch older locals gather at tables to slap down dominoes all day.

In Maximo Gomez Park, better known as Domino Park, watch older locals gather at tables to slap down dominoes all day.

- Patrick Farrell

Stroll Calle Ocho

Little Havana’s main drag is walkable. Start at the Little Havana Visitor Center, 1600 SW 8 th  St., where there are maps, a new self-guided tour and news about upcoming events. Look down between 12 th  and 17 th  avenues to see the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, where more than 20 pink marble sidewalk stars recognize famous Latin figures with ties to South Florida, including Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Thalia, Pablo Raúl Alarcón and Willy Chirino.  Cuban Memorial Plaza , at Southwest 13th Avenue, is home to a half-dozen monuments and an eternal flame for those who fought for Cuban independence. In Maximo Gomez Park, better known as  Domino Park , watch older locals gather at tables to slap down dominoes all day. Hire a local expert for insights via a Little Havana  cultural walking and food tour  or a HistoryMiami  Little Havana History & Culture Walk . Make sure you snag a selfie with one of the neighborhood’s fiberglass rooster statues, which started popping up in 2002 to celebrate Little Havana’s culture. Favorites include the one dressed as a bullfighter next to a hen in front of  Casa Juancho  restaurant, 2436 SW 8 th  St., and the one sporting a Cuban flag in front of  La Carreta , 3632 SW 8 th  St.

Calle Ocho is home to an array of family-owned cigar shops specializing in small batch, hand-rolled cigars, including El Titan de Bronze, Cuban Crafters, Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company and Little Havana Cigar Company.

Calle Ocho is home to an array of family-owned cigar shops specializing in small batch, hand-rolled cigars, including El Titan de Bronze, Cuban Crafters, Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company and Little Havana Cigar Company.

Watch a cigar roller

Calle Ocho is home to an array of family-owned cigar shops specializing in small batch, hand-rolled cigars, including  El Titan de Bronze ,  Cuban Crafters ,  Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company  and  Little Havana Cigar Company . With the ongoing trade embargo with Cuba, the tobacco typically comes from Central America or elsewhere in the Caribbean, but the skilled, Cuban-trained rollers who sit and roll up to 125 cigars daily on site are the real deal. Cigar Aficionado magazine says every self-respecting cigar fan needs to make a pilgrimage to  El Credito Cigar Factory , where the non-Cuban La Gloria Cubana cigar was born. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Sr. first rolled it here in 1968, and since 1980 the brand has been shepherded by his son, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. Most of the cigars are now made in the Dominican Republic, but La Gloria still has its original galleria here, where a dozen cigar-makers work in the main room, open to the public. Next to the rolling area is a posh cigar shop with a few chairs.

Slurp down a Cuban smoothie

Long before smoothie shops were the rage, Cubans and other islanders were turning mango, mamey, papaya and other tropical fruit into juices and shakes, or  batidos .  El Palacio de los Jugos , with 10 locations in Miami – including a Little Havana spot at 1545 SW 27 th  Ave. – is literally the city’s palace of juices. Bankers and politicians, migrant workers and moms, even culinary stars like Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart, have been known to sit elbow-to-elbow at the bustling market, enjoying shakes and meals from the Latin food stations. For the ultimate sugar rush, order the  guarapo  (sugar cane juice).

Watch a Marlins  béisbol  game

The  Miami Marlins  have landed two World Series championships since their inaugural season in 1993. The newly-named loanDepot park, 501 Marlins Way, is a retractable-roof ballpark in Little Havana where you can catch unobstructed views of Miami’s skyline – and the occasional foul ball, if you’re lucky. There’s a swimming pool in a South Beach-style nightclub in the outfield, and Cuban sandwiches and mojitos on the menu, among  other Miami-style features .

Eat at La Carreta, a beloved local Cuban chain restaurant.

Eat at La Carreta, a beloved local Cuban chain restaurant.

Eat a classic Cuban lunch

Along with the legendary  Versailles , where waiters in white coats serve Cuban sandwiches,  palomilla  steaks,  maduros ,  ropa vieja  and other   gold standards of Cuban food on paper placemats in a mirrored hall,   check out  El Mago de Las Fritas  or  El Rey de Las Fritas  for slider-sized spicy Cuban burgers topped with matchstick potatoes. The  pan con   minuta  at  La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market  is a fresh boneless fried snapper sandwich on a Cuban bun. Or walk up to the window and order the  croqueta preparada , a croquette sandwich, at  Sanguich de Miami . Finish off lunch time with a sugar high at  Azucar! Ice Cream Company , an artisanal ice cream parlor with imaginative, Latin-inspired flavors, such as café con leche, sugarcane and pineapple, caramel flan, and fried plantain.

Catch a film at Tower Theater

Next to Domino Park, the  Tower Theater  is a historic, Art Deco movie theater built in 1926. It used to be a gathering spot where Cuban immigrants watched Spanish movies with English subtitles to learn English. Today, the Miami Dade College-owned art house hosts Cuban exhibitions and performances, free educational lectures by faculty, and Spanish- and English-language films.

Enjoy a Cuban cocktail

Find out why GQ magazine called  Café La Trova  co-owner Julio Cabrera “America’s most imaginative bartender.” Crowned American Bartender of the Year at the 2019 Spirited Awards, Cabrera and his team of Cantineros bring the café’s retro Cuba atmosphere to life with artisanal, handcrafted cocktails while James Beard Award Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein presides over a kitchen that turns out modern twists on Cuban dishes. Along with the classic Cuban mojito, the bar specializes in Cuba’s generous contribution to cocktail culture: the daiquiri.  Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina  is another spirited location that serves mojitos and daiquiris.

Spend a night exploring Cuban culture

Futurama 1637 Art Building  is a creative workspace that houses 12 artist studios and hosts monthly art openings, music productions and other events.  Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center  is devoted to telling the story of Cuba through rotating art, a bar specializing in rum and music performances, from salsa bands to Latin jam sessions and Cuban jazz legends. It has a large collection of 19 th  century and early- to mid-20 th  century Cuban art. Café La Trova and other restaurants and clubs along Calle Ocho host live music starting around 7:30 p.m.

Time it right

Every third Friday of the month,   Viernes Culturales , or Cultural Fridays,   is an outdoor street party and gallery walk showcasing Little Havana’s arts scene between 13 th  and 17 th  avenues along Calle Ocho. A stage is set up in the street for live performances, and galleries keep their doors open until 11 p.m. In March, Calle Ocho – the massive street party that culminates the 10-day  Carnaval Miami  – winds its way down 23 blocks and attracts over 1 million people, with live Latin acts on eight stages, street performers, conga lines, salsa and Latin street food. It’s one of the largest Hispanic street festivals in the world.

More :  Things to do in Little Havana .

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Little Havana Miami : The Perfect 1 Day Itinerary

Posted on Last updated: February 14, 2023

You can’t visit Miami without spending a day in the colorful and rich in culture latino dominated neighbourhood of Little Havana!

Located about a 25 minute drive from South Beach, Little Havana makes for the perfect day trip if you’re visiting the area.

It is definitely best to plan for a full day in Little Havana because there’s just so much to see and do here!

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

This historic neighbourhood will give you a glimpse into the heart of Cuba, from the culture, to the architecture, art, history, music and of course the food.

If you’re planning on visiting Miami soon and looking to spend a day in Little Havana, this guide is for you!

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Now, onto the guide of how to spend a perfect day in Little Havana, Miami!

Where is Little Havana in Miami?

Little Havana is located about a 25 minute drive from South Beach and just west of downtown Miami.

The neighborhood of Little Havana is bordered by Douglas street on the west side and SW 4th Ave and the Miami River to the east.

The northern part of Little Havana stops at NW 20th Street, and the southern side runs along SW 16th St and SW 11th St.

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Location details for Little Havana, Miami here

However, although these are the parameters of the entire neighborhood of Little Havana, most tourists visiting Little Havana will stay along the famous strip of Calle Ocho and in the Cuban Quarter.

The Cuban Quarter (which is the main area of Calle Ocho) with the most things to see and do runs between 13th and 17th.

This is where you will spend more of your time!

How to Get Around Little Havana

Most of Little Havana is super walkable so you can easily get around on foot.

If it’s your first time visiting the area I definitely recommend booking a walking tour so you can really get the most out of your experience!

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

One of the highest rated walking tours you can do of Little Havana is  the Little Havana Food & Walking Tour  which is rated 5 stars and has almost 4000 people who have rated it!

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

You’ll quickly realize why this is such an amazing tour and totally worth it.

On the  Little Havana Food & Walking tour  you’ll get to not only learn all about Little Havana, it’s rich history and culture, but also get to stop at some of the best family-owned Cuban restaurants in the area!

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

You’ll get to try the most mouthwatering Cuban food including guava pastries, chicken plantain cups, flan cups, and many more!

This is the best way to really immerse yourself in everything that Little Havana has to offer.

Do you have to speak Spanish in Little Havana?

Although Little Havana is the Cuban area of Miami, and the locals here do speak Spanish with each other, you do not need to be able to speak Spanish to enjoy visiting Little Havana.

Many of the locals speak English, especially at the local restaurants, bars, and shops.

If you are concerned about not speaking Spanish in Little Havana I highly recommend booking yourself in for the Authentic Little Havana Food and Culture Tour so that you can tour the area with an english speaking guide.

Although this is not necessary, it will give you the chance to learn all the incredible history and about Cuban culture which really helps you get the most out of your visit.

Regardless though, we did not have any issues speaking only english when we visited, and found the locals to be very friendly!

Where to Stay When Visiting Little Havana

Since you only really need a day in Little Havana I don’t think it’s necessary to stay in a hotel nearby.

We stayed in at the Marriott Stanton South Beach (which we LOVED) and took an Uber here for the day which worked out perfectly.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

I definitely recommend staying in South Beach to get the most out of your time in Miami, and you can see my South Beach hotel guide here!

The History of Miami’s Little Havana

First let’s start off with a little history about Little Havana.

Cubans began migrating to Miami in the 1950’s but the real surge started happening when Castro came into power.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

By the 1960’s this area of Miami was dominated by the latino community and it therefore gained it’s name of Little Havana!

Today Miami has a large latino population, but it’s in Little Havana where you’ll get a real taste of latin culture.

If you’re wondering if Little Havana is safe check out this post. Hopefully it will answer all your questions about the safety of this neighborhood!

Best Things to do in 1 Day in Little Havana

Now onto the guide and 1 day itinerary for Little Havana!

Start your Day with Breakfast (or Lunch) at the Versailles Restaurant

Address: 3555 SW 8th St

There’s no better way to truly experience another culture than through the food!

If you’re not doing Authentic Little Havana Food and Culture Tour than I definitely recommend starting your day at the Versailles restaurant .

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

The Versailles cafe, restaurant, and bakery has been open since 1971 and is a well known spot in Little Havana for Cubans and tourists alike.

Whether you prefer starting your day early or late, I definitely recommend starting the day at Versailles.

At Versailles you’ll get a truly authentic Cuban cuisine experience that you definitely won’t regret.

Versailles was the #1 recommended Cuban restaurant in not only Little Havana but all of Miami, so we knew we couldn’t miss it.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Authentic Cuban food

When we asked locals because of just how authentic it is. When we got there we could definitely see why!

The large restaurant alone seats up to 370 people and gets PACKED at lunchtime.

We arrived at 11:30am and were lucky enough to get a seat right away. By noon the line went out the door and all the way down the parking lot!

Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana offers the most authentic Cuban food

An even better indicator though of what a fantastically authentic restaurant it is is the fact that the majority of the people dining were Cubans themselves.

You know a Cuban restaurant is good when it’s all Cubans eating there.

Then pop next door to La Ventanita, the bakery shop portion of Versailles!

On the side of the restaurant is La Ventanita, the little takeaway window and bakery shop of Versailles.

You’ll always see locals lingering around the counter here enjoying authentic café cubano, Versailles’ famous guava pastries, empanadas and other treats.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Cuban coffee

The neatest part about these takeaway windows? There are no seats and locals just stand at the counter enjoying their coffee!

By the way, urban legend has it that Versailles is where Cuban exiles used to go to plot against Fidel Castro.

For decades, Versailles has been a gathering point for anti-Castro protestors and for the press wanting to cover their opinions.

It’s also where many presidents, governors, legislators, mayors and the like have come to attempt to get the Cuban vote. Because of this it’s had a lot of political importance!

Location details for Versailles here

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: You must visit the famous Calle Ocho in Little Havana Miami.

After brunching or lunching at Versailles it’s time to head back East to the heart of Calle Ocho… aka. the Cuban Quarter! This is by far the most famous street of Little Havana, Miami.

Explore Little Havana’s Walk of Fame on Calle Ocho

Address: SW 8th St

Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) is the centre of Cuban life & culture in Little Havana, Miami.

In fact, if you remember the song “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull he sings about this very spot!

Calle Ocho itself is quite long. However, the Cuban Quarter (main area of Calle Ocho) with the most things to see and do runs between 13th and 17th.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Calle Ocho

Start by taking a walk along the Walk of Fame which is Little Havana’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Walk of Fame features many prominent and affluential celebrities in Latin Culture.. think musicians and telenovela stars!

Follow the pink stars and see if you can spot any names you recognize, including mr. Pitbull himself.

Learn how to make a hand rolled Cuban Cigar at one of Little Havana’s Cigar Shops

If you like to indulge in a cigar or two every now and then (or know someone who does!) pop into one of the Cuban Cigar shops.

There you can learn how to make a hand rolled Cuban Cigar yourself!

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Hand rolled cigars

There are plenty of Cigar shops to visit along Calle Ocho but the #1 based on my research is Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co . Although here you will only be able to watch the cigars being made.

If you are booked into the Little Havana Food & Wine Tour you’ll get to visit one of the local cigar shops and learn how to make your own cigar!

Location details for Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. here

Check out Domino Park

Address: 801 SW 15th Ave

Maximo Gomez Park, also known as Domino Park is an absolute must see while in Miami’s Little Havana.

The park was named after famous soldier Maximo Gomez who fought for Cuban independence from Spain.

Dominoes park is a famous spot to visit in Little Havana

Dominoes is a very popular game in Cuba, so of course it’s a major pass time in Little Havana.

At Domino park you’ll see groups of local and smartly dressed older men (mostly) and women playing intense games of dominoes and smoking on Cuban Cigars.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Dominos

It’s such a sight to see and it’s packed every day of the week.

Watch some of the action or just enjoy a stroll around the area before heading for ice cream across the street at Azucar.

Location details for Maximo Gomez Park here

Stop for Ice Cream at Azucar Ice Cream

Address: 1503 SW 8th St

You’re probably feeling a little peckish after strolling around Calle Ocho so it’s the perfect time to stop for some authentic Cuban ice cream!

The incredibly popular Azucar is just across the street from Domino Park in Little Havana, Miami.

stop for ice cream at Azucar in Little Havana

Rated 4.5 on Google, Azucar is arguably the best ice cream in Miami.

It features both traditional and modern ice cream in all sorts of flavours.

The facade of Azucar also happens to be super instagrammable.

How can you not want to stop here for a photo!

Location details for Azucar here

Head to Ball & Chain for Live Music and Cocktails

Address: 1513 SW 8th St

Next door to Azucar is Ball & Chain which is one of Calle Ocho’s most lively and energetic bars and lounges.

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Catch some live latin music here performed on their outdoor stage (that’s shaped like a giant pineapple!) and sip on some cocktails while you soak up the sun or dance the night away.

This was by far one of my favourite stops in Little Havana. I could have spent all afternoon on their back patio listening to music!

Location details for Ball & Chain here

Catch a movie at Little Havana’s Iconic Tower Theatre

Address: 1508 SW 8th St

If you don’t feel like dancing the night away at Ball & Chain why not catch a film across the street at the historic Tower Theatre ?

Built in 1926 the Tower Theatre used to be where Cuban immigrants would gather to learn english by watching Spanish movies with subtitles.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Little Havana's iconic tower theatre

To this day Tower Theatre still plays Spanish movies with English subtitles and you can check the Tower Theatre website here before you go to see what’s playing.

Location details for Tower Theatre here

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide!

What to keep in mind when visiting Little Havana in Miami…

It is important to keep in mind when visiting Little Havana that while it is really neat to see and experience the Latin culture there this is in fact many people’s homes.

How to spend 1 perfect day in Little Havana, Miami. A complete guide on what to see and do, which restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, Cuban treats to try and more. If you're headed to Little Havana for the day you'll definitely want to read this guide! Pictured here: Visiting the Ball & Chain in Little Havana is an absolute must

We must always respect the places we visit, the people that inhabit them, and their culture and way of life.

Although Little Havana has become a highly visited tourist “attraction” it is more importantly the home of many and needs to be treated as such.

Final Thoughts

I hope you all enjoyed my 1 day itinerary for Little Havana in Miami!

It’s such a fun, colorful and vibrant place to visit that’s so full of culture.

Have you ever visited Little Havana?

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Love Kirsten

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Love this list! Except you can’t make your own cigars (at least at Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co), you can only watch the staff.

Kirsten Wendlandt

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Hi Leanne, Thank you so much for correcting that little detail for me! I will edit the post. Much appreciated :)

Arielle Kurtze

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Love this! I have friends going to visit Miami next year and will definitely forward your post to them. Thanks for sharing!

Saturday 20th of June 2020

This neighborhood looks so colorful! I love those kind of vibrant places! Thanks for all the tips Kirsten!

I love how colourful your photos are! Gorgeous!

I love this post! Learning how to make cigars is so cool, and your photos (and outfits) are beautiful ?

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Little Havana Walking Tour

Bay of Pigs Memorial 1305 SW 8th Street, Miami , Florida 33135 USA

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This is a two hour walking tour through a humble but lively neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of culture, traditional customs, and vivid colors. Weave in and out of streets that mark the site of secret ritual offerings, the very location where the Bay of Pigs was planned, and the fountain of youth called Dominoe Park. Sample pure sugar cane juice from a local fruit market, the classic Cuban Sandwich at family restaurant, and watch cigar rollers follow a decades-old technique to create the finest cigars.

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Experience the best Cuban cuisine in Miami with Little Havana Food Tours! We offer tours of the Little Havana and South Beach neighborhoods and the Wynwood and Design districts! Book your tour online today!

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Experience the unique Cuban culture and cuisine that can only be found in Miami on this half-mile walking tour! See local artwork and visit important landmarks.

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Experience a unique and vibrant facet the Cuban culture that can only be found in the heart of Little Havana on Calle Ocho.

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Cancellations with full refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to your tour.

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We can accommodate vegetarians but at this time we are not able to cater for gluten-free diets. We ask that you let your guide know about any allergies while on the tour so she/he can notify you which food(s) to avoid.

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Taste the best Cuban cuisine on the authentic Little Havana food tour.

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¡Mojitos, Cubanos and so much more!

Our Tasting Menu Serves a Full Meal:

  • Taste the best Cubano, you won't find a better one!
  • Enjoy a real Mojito cocktail.
  • Take a bite out of a juicy and delicious picadillo empanada.
  • Sip authentic Cuban coffee at a walk-up ventanita .
  • Sample a delectable Cuban pastry like a pastelito de guayaba .
  • Enjoy a fresh-pressed guarapo juice at a generations-old frutería .
  • Treat your taste buds to a crispy, fluffy churro.
  • Between food tastings, we make several stops to learn about the rich art, history, and culture of Miami’s famed Cuban comunidad - and visit a cigar factory to watch an expert tocedor roll the highest quality cigars.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What restaurants do you visit.

The Little Havana food tour visits multiple top-rated restaurants and eateries from our partners list below. The stops may change as a result of repeat customers but all tastings served are enough for a full meal and are included in the ticket price.

El Pub Restaurant

Whether you're a fan of traditional Cuban cuisine or simply looking to explore new flavors, El Pub's empanadas are sure to please your palate. Their commitment to quality ingredients and authentic recipes ensures that each empanada delivers an explosion of flavor that will transport you straight to the streets of Havana.

Salao Restaurant

Salao restaurant, located in the vibrant neighborhood of Little Havana, offers a delightful culinary experience with its authentic and delectable cuisine. Nestled in the heart of Miami, Salao is a hidden gem that showcases the rich flavors and traditions of Cuban gastronomy.

In the 1980s, a young couple named Olga and Juan Montano discovered their true passion and embarked on a mission to create authentic Latin treats that would transport people back to their roots. Their commitment to quality ingredients and time-honored techniques quickly gained recognition within the local community.

Cubata Restaurant

The restaurant's cozy and welcoming atmosphere adds to the overall charm, making it a perfect spot for an unforgettable dining experience of authentic Cuban cuisine. Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey that will transport you straight to the heart of Havana.

La Ventanita

La Ventanita, a gathering place for Café Cubano, holds a special place in the hearts of Cuban and Cuban-Americans. This iconic Cuban-style coffee, also known as colada, has become a beloved tradition passed down through the generations. La Ventanita serves as the perfect spot to indulge in this rich and flavorful beverage while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere.

Ball and Chain

As you step into the world-famous Ball & Chain, you are transported back in time to an era filled with vibrant music, lively dancing, and the spirit of old Havana. While savoring the delectable Cuban tapas, you can truly appreciate the stories that this establishment has witnessed over the years.

Los Pinarenos Fruteria

This neighborhood fruit stand is a vibrant hub for fresh produce and tropical-inspired handmade smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices. Not only does Los Pinarenos offer an opportunity to support local farmers and businesses, but it also allows you to experience authentic Cuban flavors without having to travel far.

La Churreria

The crispy exterior, generously dusted with cinnamon-sugar, gives way to a soft and doughy interior that is simply heavenly. Popular in Cuba, these cinnamon-sugar coated deep-fried pastries have become a beloved treat for Little Havana locals and beyond.

Meeting point and parking information?

Meeting Point: Tower Theater at 1508 SW 8th St; Miami, FL 33135

Parking: Behind Maximo Gomez Domino Park on SW 8th Street and 15th Ave. If the parking lot is full, additional metered parking can be found along SW 8th Street and at the nearby residential streets.

Do you accommodate food restrictions?

Our Public Tours Can Accommodate:

  • Vegetarians
  • No chicken 
  • Lactose intolerant: Disclosure: Since Miami Culinary Tours does not control the food preparation at the restaurants, we cannot guarantee that cross-contamination won't occur.
  • Gluten-free: We do our best to accommodate gluten-free diets but please note that some of the stops do not always have substitutions. Disclosure: Since Miami Culinary Tours does not control the food preparation at the restaurants, we cannot guarantee that cross-contamination won't occur. 

Our Public Tours Can't Accommodate:

  • Food allergies: Let your guide know if you have any allergies so she/he can warn you about which foods to avoid. Our tours are not suitable for people with severe or life-threatening food allergies. Disclosure: Since Miami Culinary Tours does not control the food preparation at the restaurants, we cannot guarantee that cross-contamination won't occur. 
  • Vegan diets.

Where can we store our luggage?

Our tours are conducted on foot, so we don't have a place to store luggage, and restaurants don't want to be responsible, b elow is a location half way down the block from the meeting point:

*Make sure you call them in advance: Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. 1528 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 Phone: (305) 649-2717

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What is your cancellation policy?

You can cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the tour. We do not accept cancellations by phone, they must be in writing for our mutual records. No refunds are granted for cancellations within 24 hours from tour start time as your space is guaranteed at the tour.

How much walking there is and what should I wear?

The Little Havana walking tour is approximately half a mile with plenty of stops to rest. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. 

What happens if it rains?

We tour rain or shine. Please have your group bring umbrellas or ponchos if it is announced to rain. Tour guides carry a few emergency ponchos. 

In the rare event that we must cancel the tour due to a tropical storm or severe weather conditions, you will receive a full refund.

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Over the years, our Little Havana food tour has received some amazing recognition, being named the #1 food tour in Miami, and winning a spot on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Experiences in the World four years in a row. 

While the accolades are incredibly gratifying, the most rewarding part for me is the lasting partnerships and lifelong friends I’ve made among the wonderful people who run the local businesses and restaurants we feature on the tour. 

I can’t wait to introduce you to them, and to this singular community who make up the beating heart of this city I love so much.

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Two hours flies by quickly! It is recommended to allow time to stay after the tour to revisit a favorite stop or to make some purchases or to have lunch. While we do enter some shops, we stop primarily to provide historical context.

Should you choose to stay and dine on your own, the guide is happy to suggest which restaurant suits your food preference. Whether you enjoy savory meats or are vegetarian, there is something for everyone.

Price: Adults $35| Children (5-11) $20

When: 10am; 2pm (contact us for any other time) |

Duration & Distance: 2 hours +, Leisurely 5 block walk

Location: Bay of Pigs monument Across the street from El Nuevo Siglo supermarket 1305 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

  • Walking tour led by expert guide
  • Cuban coffee, pastry and tropical juice

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  • Food tastings (but may be purchased by guests if it is very small group and time allows)
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The tour begins at the Bay of Pigs monument and continues along Memorial boulevard for a rousing historical introduction. It then proceeds to the famed Calle Ocho and visits the oldest farmer’s market to learn about a variety of popular and rare Caribbean tropical fruits; a cigar factory to watch taqueros hand roll tobacco leaves into the finest cigars; an apparel store for the origins of the Cuban national shirt; a ventanita or coffee shop for a thimble cup of Cuban coffee; a magnificent art gallery; the oldest bar in Little Havana from 1935 and the famous Domino park.

For the grand finale perfectly timed at around 12 noon as the Miami heat rises, guests can cool off and comfortably sit down in air-conditioned* family restaurant to savor a traditional Cuban meal. We also cater to vegetarians, vegan and gluten-free restrictions with advance notice.

Price: Adults $70 | Children (5-11 years old) $40

When: 10am for public tour

Duration & Distance: 3 hours+, Leisurely 5 block walk

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  • Small groups size (max 10 on public tours) for the semi-private VIP personal experience
  • 10am start time means it is cooler, more comfortable and there are more locals than tourists for a more authentic experience.
  • Great value for an expert led tour with food. Learn more about the tour guides.
  • Food tastings: juice at market, finger foods (pastry, croqueta ), Cuban coffee, sampling of pork, meat, and/or chicken dish with black beans, rice, boiled yuca with mojo, maduros (fried sweet plantains)

Not included:

  • Any drinks with the meal; water is served
  • Mojito or cocktails — mojito upgrade may be purchased on our website to include with the meal

(Guests are welcome to purchase any beverages or other food items on their own)

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  • Experience a selection of most striking features of Moscow Metro hidden from most tourists and even locals;
  • Discover the underground treasure of Russian Soviet past – from mosaics to bronzes, paintings, marble arches, stained glass and even paleontological elements;
  • Learn fun stories and myths about Coffee Ring, Zodiac signs of Moscow Metro and more;
  • Admire Soviet-era architecture of pre- and post- World War II perious;
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Sparrow Hills from Luzhniki Metro Bridge – MetroMost, the only station of Moscow Metro located over water and the highest station above ground level;
  • If lucky, catch a unique «Aquarelle Train» – a wheeled picture gallery, brightly painted with images of peony, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and each car unit is unique;
  • Become an expert at navigating the legendary Moscow Metro system;
  • Have fun time with a very friendly local;
  • + Atmospheric Metro lunch in Moscow’s the only Metro Diner (included in a 3-hr tour)

Hotel Pick-up

Metro stations:.

Komsomolskaya

Novoslobodskaya

Prospekt Mira

Belorusskaya

Mayakovskaya

Novokuznetskaya

Revolution Square

Sparrow Hills

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Victory Park

Slavic Boulevard

Vystavochnaya

Dostoevskaya

Elektrozavodskaya

Partizanskaya

Museum of Moscow Metro

  • Drop-off  at your hotel, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills or any place you wish
  • + Russian lunch  in Metro Diner with artistic metro-style interior for 3-hour tour

Fun facts from our Moscow Metro Tours:

From the very first days of its existence, the Moscow Metro was the object of civil defense, used as a bomb shelter, and designed as a defense for a possible attack on the Soviet Union.

At a depth of 50 to 120 meters lies the second, the coded system of Metro-2 of Moscow subway, which is equipped with everything you need, from food storage to the nuclear button.

According to some sources, the total length of Metro-2 reaches over 150 kilometers.

The Museum was opened on Sportivnaya metro station on November 6, 1967. It features the most interesting models of trains and stations.

Coffee Ring

The first scheme of Moscow Metro looked like a bunch of separate lines. Listen to a myth about Joseph Stalin and the main brown line of Moscow Metro.

Zodiac Metro

According to some astrologers, each of the 12 stops of the Moscow Ring Line corresponds to a particular sign of the zodiac and divides the city into astrological sector.

Astrologers believe that being in a particular zadiac sector of Moscow for a long time, you attract certain energy and events into your life.

Paleontological finds 

Red marble walls of some of the Metro stations hide in themselves petrified inhabitants of ancient seas. Try and find some!

  • Every day each car in  Moscow metro passes  more than 600 km, which is the distance from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
  • Moscow subway system is the  5th in the intensity  of use (after the subways of Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai).
  • The interval in the movement of trains in rush hour is  90 seconds .

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the walking tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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