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Calle Ocho (Little Havana)

This neighborhood remains the vibrant Cuban heart of Miami. Filled with art galleries, busy restaurants, specialist Cuban shops (coffee and cigars), and so much more.

Nearby Attractions

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Havana Cigar Rolling
Watch the intricate steps of cigar rolling at a Cuban cigar factory.
Latin Influence (Food)
Taste how Latin influence has helped shape the food scene in Calle Ocho.
Artisanal Ice-Cream
Indulge with an artisanal gourmet ice cream or sorbet with the tropical flavors of this cheery scoop shop.
Empanadas
Enjoy a picadillo-stuffed empanada at one of the oldest restaurants in the area.
Guarapo Juice
Slurp on fresh & fruity guarapo juice.
Ball & Chain
Have some rum at this historic nightclub, now a live-music venue with Cuban-style food & drink.

Related Tours

Visit Miami: Half Day Private Driving Tour
This half-day tour takes you outdoors for the best Miami has to offer.  You will explore the most interesting and diverse neighbourhoods in the city. See the sights at your own pace and adapt your tour with your guide, who will be happy to offer suggestions based on your preferences. 

  • Enjoy hotel pick up in a private, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • First, visit South Beach, known for its white sand, glamour, and nightlife. 
  • Cruise through Biscayne Bay, passing the historic Venetian Causeway.
  • Explore the street art in the Wynwood neighbourhood.
  • Take an exclusive trip across the Rickenbacker Causeway to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne.
  • Visit  Coconut Grove, and pay a visit to Coral Gables, famous for its Venetian Pool.
  • Conclude your tour in Little Havana, Miami's vibrant Cuban heart. 
  • Enjoy a scenic drive over the MacArthur Causeway.
Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is a must-see for any architecture aficionado or art enthusiast. A colourful, unique, and vibrant neighbourhood, offering interesting décor at every turn.  There are over 800 Art Deco buildings concentrated in the area, ensuring variety is inevitable and the ensemble spectacular. 

This outdoor urban graffiti art museum is a landmark of Miami, and no art trip in the city would be complete until you have visited it. It attracts artists and visitors from around the globe, offering the chance for artists to showcase work publicly, and for visitors to get that perfect Instagram shot. 

Coconut Grove has hugged the shoreline of Biscayne Bay since 1873, and is the bohemian oasis of Miami. Under a tropical canopy, there sits rows of boutique shops and restaurants. The Grove contains many points of interest, including The National Tropical Botanical Garden, The Barnacle Historic State Park, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The latter injects Italian Renaissance into an American setting and is a must for any visit to Miami. 

Frequently called "The City Beautiful", Coral Gables has much to offer. In particular, the Venetian Pool is a historic public swimming-pool that has been a landmark of Coral Gables since its opening in 1924. The pool was created in Mediterranean Revival style,  from which it gains its Venetian namesake, the quintessential city of Italy. Enjoy a dip in the pool in truly unique surroundings!

Here, you will find authentic Cuban culture that extends beyond Cuban coffee, cigars, and rounds of dominoes. Little Havana is teeming with colourful murals, live Latin music, and pop-up art exhibitions. 
Taste of Little Havana - Small Group Tour
Enjoy this immersive, small-group tour of Miami’s Little Havana with delicious Cuban food and drinks included. See how Cuban heritage has shaped this part of town with its music, art, food, and architecture. On your small group tour, you will:

  • Enjoy insider access with your tour guide, and a maximum of 12 guests.
  • Eat at family-run places, and visit a local bakery, an open-air food market, and a hidden ventanita.
  • Start where the people of Miami meet to drink Cuban coffee and swap stories. 
  • Dance the day away at an iconic nightclub, famed for its Cuban-style food & drink. 
  • Taste the freshest guava pastelitos, baked daily. 
  • Visit a cigar factory and watch the cigar rollers at work.
  • Admire local street art and the Damas de Blanco mural.
  • Uncover the secrets of Little Havana and Cuban identity, while strolling down Cuban Memorial Boulevard. 
  • Taste authentic Cuban cuisine at some of the best family-owned and operated Cuban restaurants in the area! 
  • Sample the local cuisine- from guava pastries to chicken plantain cups to flan ice cream with tropical flavours. Whilst you eat, listen to the stories of the locals producing these tantalizing treats. 

Little Havana is Miami’s vibrant Cuban neighbourhood, situated in the downtown area and close to South Beach. It has been dubbed a national treasure of the United States. It is full of Latin American art galleries, cafes with walk-up windows that sell strong Cuban coffee to cigar smoking customers! Wander through Calle Ocho, where you’ll find older generations discussing politics over intense games of dominoes. (It has been dubbed Domino Park by locals!) 

Enjoy this culturally immersive tour, admire the many architectural landmarks of Little Havana, dance to live Latin music and enjoy lots of delicious food tastings of traditional Cuban cuisine and drinks. Learn about the area’s history, art, and cultural contribution to Miami and watch professional cigar rollers at work. 

This isn't simply a food experience, but a tour where you get to immerse yourself in Cuban identity, culture and history. Learn about the community’s spiritual beliefs, including Santería, and feel the Latin vibe with the local artists playing traditional Cuban music. 

Arrive with an empty stomach and leave full and happy! 
Miami's Little Havana Private Food Tour
Discover Miami’s vibrant Little Havana neighbourhood with its colourful murals, lively music, and authentic Cuban influence on this delicious 2.5-hour cultural and food tasting experience. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your private guide.
  • Take a fascinating history and food tour of Miami’s Little Havana. 
  • Enjoy the colours and sounds of this vibrant neighbourhood, including beautiful murals, the famed painted roosterslive music, and delicious Latin American food!
  • Learn all about Little Havana, from the first waves of Cuban Immigration to the present day and its’ melting pot of Latin American cultures and cuisine.
  • Taste a range of delicious authentic Cuban food, including a pastelito, a Cuban sandwich, a mojito and a Cuban coffee.
  • Learn how cigars are rolled with a demonstration in a family-owned shop. 
  • Taste a delicious Mexican taco from a local “hole in a wall” restaurant: the best tacos in Miami!
  • End the tour with a Puerto Rican staple plantain dish accompanied by a taste of Rum Coquito - made in-house.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of this lively area, as well as enough food for a whole meal! 
  • N.B: The tour lasts for two and a half hours and all tastings are included in the tour price.

Explore the vibrant area of Little Havana in Miami on this fabulous private tour around the famous Calle Ocho (8th Street). You’ll enjoy several tastings at authentic cafes, street food vendors and ‘hole-in-the-wall’ bars, as well as learn all about the fascinating history and cultural evolution of Little Havana. You’ll even see a cigar rolling demonstration! 

Your 2.5-hour tour begins with meeting your expert private guide at the statue of Cuba’s national hero, Jose Marti, the Cuban political activist, poet and philosopher. You’ll be greeted with a Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelito to start with, a traditional sweet pastry to enjoy as your guide introduces the tour. 

Learn about tensions between Castro and JFK as you pass the monument to the Bay of Pigs, hear about the different waves of immigration at the statue of Nestor Izquierdo, and later as you visit the amazing Rooster Alley with its famous street art and the vast mural of the rooster by Medelin Perez Noa, the symbol of Little Havana. 

Little Havana is also famed for its blended religion. You’ll see the statue of the Virgin Mary beneath a Ceiba tree, representing a blend of Catholic saints and traditions from the West African Yoruba religion of Santeria. The worship of Orishas, like Oshun, is still commonplace in Little Havana. 

Stopping by the Walk of Fame – honouring artists like Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz, it’s time for a yummy taco al pastor! Tacos are famous Mexican street food, al pastor meaning ‘shepherd style’. The Latin influence in Little Havana is undeniable – with Spanish being spoken everywhere, including on radios and in the newspapers! Visit the Maximo Gomez Park, fondly known as Domino Park where you’ll see many locals playing Dominos, a favourite Cuban game, then stop for a traditional Cuban sandwich, washed down with a mojito at a favourite, family-run Cuban bar with lots of history. 

Wander past the historic Tower Theatre towards the Cuba Tobacco Company run by the Bello family for over 100 years, where you’ll be greeted warmly with a Cuban coffee to watch an amazing cigar rolling demonstration, with time for souvenir shopping too! 

Your last stop will be at the famous Ice-Cream shop located in the heart of Miami's Little Havana neighbourhood.  You will have a chance to try the secret recipe of a Cuban grandmother. 

After a deliciously filling and fascinating tour, your guide will help you get to where you want to go next – whether that is back to your hotel or to continue exploring the art galleries of Little Havana! 
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