When you book a Stay Alfred travel apartment, you can count on the fact that you’ll be ideally located in a neighborhood with cool places and all the necessities within walking distance or the quickest of rideshares. Stay Alfred Little Havana is one of the newest properties to be added to our 33-city portfolio - and we’re pretty much in love with this neighborhood. Let us count the ways…
- It’s historical - on the heels of an influx of Cubans to the area in the 1960s, the name “Little Havana” took root and with it followed restaurants, shops, and artisans celebrating and sharing their Cuban culture. Today there is still a strong Cuban influence throughout the neighborhood, but like many of Miami’s neighborhoods, Little Havana is becoming more multicultural by the minute.
- It’s not too big - the concentration of restaurants, live music and shops on Calle Ocho spans less than a mile, so it’s easily explorable in one afternoon or evening.
- It has something for everyone - murals, live music, cigar bars, domino games, movies, all the Cuban food, ice cream, souvenir stores... there is plenty to do, see and taste on Calle Ocho.
- It’s got amazing food - speaking of all the Cuban food, you could just as easily eat your way through the neighborhood (in fact, they have foodie tours!). Come hungry and pace yourself (or order up tapas to share). Calle Ocho offers a ton of options for lunch and dinner, so plan accordingly.
- It’s home to friendly locals - make friends! Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know a ton of Spanish; the locals are friendly, helpful and can help you navigate the neighborhood.
We really could go on and on. Instead, we’re providing a list of can’t-miss places on Little Havana’s main drag, Calle Ocho. We highly recommend taking a quick rideshare from Stay Alfred Little Havana to Calle Ocho so you can have a few Cuba Libres and dance the night away without thinking twice. But that’s just the beginning - check out all the places we love to visit:
Tower Theater - Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater is one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks; opening in 1926, it was the finest state-of-the-art theater in the South. It offers Spanish and English movies with subtitles, and this is a fantastic place to duck in for a few hours if you’re caught in the rain (or heat!) while exploring Calle Ocho.
Azucar Ice Cream - Located right across the street from Tower Theater, Azucar tends to have a line, but the “farm to cone” ice cream is worth the wait. Try to bring as many friends as possible so you can try many of their signature flavors like key lime pie, willy cherino (bourbon ice cream with dark cherries) or cafe con leche (Cuban coffee ice cream with Oreos).
Domino Park - Also located right across the street from the iconic Tower Theater, Domino Park is home to the dedicated men and women who love them some dominoes. You can be a spectator, or there’s even a kiosk that rents out dominoes in case you want to pull up a chair.
Ella’s Oyster Bar - When in Miami, do as the locals do and eat fresh seafood. And it doesn’t get much fresher than Ella’s. Order up some oysters and the crab croquettes, maybe a mojito or two, and take a load off after cruising the Calle.
Ball & Chain - Ok, worst case scenario: You can only fit-in a visit to one place in Little Havana. Go. To. Ball & Chain. Vintage Cuban vibes? Check. Live music that will ultimately have you moving your body in strange and amazing ways? Yep! The most amazing people-watching when seasoned and newb dancers take the floor? Oh, yes. Good food and great drinks to keep that liquid dancing courage up? Claro que si. (Of course.)This place has been around since 1935 and has seen the likes of Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and Count Basie. It’s an institution and an absolute must-visit.
Versailles Restaurant - This self-proclaimed “world’s most famous Cuban restaurant” hands-down is home to some of the best Cuban food on Calle Ocho. Sure they have Cuban sandwiches, but pastries, yucca fries and Imperial Rice are local faves.
La Casa de Los Trucos - Because who doesn’t love a good costume store? Think of the Instagram opportunities, people. Step inside Miami’s oldest costume shop and into another world for a few laughs with the fam and a little history.
Exquisito Chocolates - Miami’s first chocolate factory is home to bean-to-bar, handmade gourmet chocolates that will leave you will a serious caffeine buzz to keep you going; they offer factory tours and make the perfect souvenir or gift for those not lucky enough to explore the city.
Augustin Gainza Art & Tavern - Art, music, food and wine - these are a few of our favorite things. And this part gallery, part tavern offers the perfect balance. Soak up a lot of culture and get to know the locals over a glass of wine.
Sanguich Di Miami - Lovers of the pork sandwich, rejoice! If you’re going to have only one Cuban sandwich while in Miami, order it here. Belly up to the bar or hit the walk-up window and let all your pressed sandwich dreams come true.
Los Altos - This place is the best kind of fun. Take the staircase to the right of Taquerias el Mexicano and you’ll find a Mexican candy shop… or is it? Speak the password (#protip - it’s “tequila”) and you’ll be ushered into a magical speakeasy world where the cocktails are flowing, the music is bumping and the people are dancing.
Viernes Culturas - People flock to Little Havana and Calle Ocho every third Friday of the month for Viernes Culturas, a street festival with art, music, food and tons more.
Ready to head to the Magic City and start having a lot of fun in Little Havana? Visit Stay Alfred Little Havane for more info and to book your stay - and show us what you get up to with #stayalfred.