Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana – colorful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, elderly men playing dominoes, and cigar rollers deep at work amidst Little Havana’s ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee. These scenes of daily life in Little Havana play out amidst a backdrop of pulsating traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban music, storefronts, unique art galleries, and quaint restaurants. Let’s take a look at some of Little Havana’s hidden gems!
El Credito Cigar Factory – Puff on a famous Cuban-style cigar from El Credito Cigar Factory and give the bold taste of the signature La Gloria a try.
Calle Ocho – Calle Ocho, or Eighth Street, is the unofficial capital of Miami’s Cuban community. Known for its food and restaurants, Cuban coffee windows, cigar shops, music, and cultural activities, Calle Ocho is the main artery of Little Havana.
Domino Park – Maximo Gomez Domino Park is a landmark on Calle Ocho, and is always full of neighborhood domino players. Named after the famous soldier Maximo Gomez who fought for Cuban independence from Spain, Domino Park sits on the corner of Calle Ocho and 15th Avenue.
Tower Theatre – Another landmark on Calle Ocho, the Tower Theatre sits right next to Domino Park. Originally built in 1926, this cultural and historical landmark was originally a movie theater. In the 1950s and 60s it became a performance center and entertained hundreds of Cubans who had just fled their homes, with shows that felt familiar in an otherwise unfamiliar country. In 2002, it was completely remodeled and reopened as part of Miami Dade College’s Cultural Affairs Department and now regularly shows foreign, independent and award winning films in both English and Spanish.