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Little Havana

Experience Miami's Little Havana
Calle Ocho or Little Havana is where all things Cuban come together in Miami. From Cuban coffee and ice cream to Cuban sandwiches and dominos, you'll find them here.

Start your walking tour of Little Havana at the Maximo Gomez Park (a.k.a. Domino Park). If you play dominos and have the patience to wait for a spot at a table, you will be playing the hottest game this side of the Florida Straits. Or just watch as all ages play for hours and hours.

I suggest El Pub for tostones, filled fried plantains. They come filled with ropa vieja (shredded beef), chicken, or shrimp. My fav is ropa vieja and I'm a repeat offender. If you like chicharrones (fried pork rinds), this is the place to grab them. You'll typically see them, as well as pastries to go, at the window.

Then walk along the Walk of Fame until you reach the Exquisito. This is the place for the sweeter version of the Cuban sandwich, called medianoche. It's the same ingredients (ham, cheese, mustard, pickles, roasted pork), but with a sweeter, lighter bread for morning or late late night meals.

So then as a finale you need a little something sweet to top everything off. I would suggest doing both the Yisell Bakery for guava pastries with a Cuban coffee and then Abuela Maria ice cream across the street at Azucar.

Buen provecho (bon appétit)!
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One of Little Havana's chickens
I stumbled across Little Havana while visiting Miami. The first thing that caught my eye was this over-grown chicken, and then another and another. Quite colorful in a colorful Miami neighborhood.
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