Go Native: Miami’s Latin Culture

From Little Havana to Little Haiti, this is where to find the food, the music and the culture

Miami’s Latin population is so large that it’s impossible to be in any part of the city without feeling its influence. Little Havana is a must for lovers of Cuban culture, but there are also many spots to experience our Latin culture beyond that famed neighborhood. Put these seven destinations on your short list for a real Miami cultural experience:

Bongos Cuban Cafe
This Estefan-owned joint is a lively place to spend an evening, with great drinks, food and dancing and in several locations around the city.

Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays)
Every Friday in Little Havana, the neighborhood lights up even more than usual with a cultural festival featuring local arts, food and music from 7 to 11 pm.

Tuesday nights at Jazid feature the best Latin rock band, Feneiva, who sing in Spanish and English. Thursday nights feature Latin reggae. 342 Washington Ave.; 305-673-9372

Little Haiti
Though not as large as Little Havana, Little Haiti is the center of Haitian culture in Miami, which is worth visiting for those who want to learn about the diaspora. A visit to the Cultural Center is worthwhile if you’re in the neighborhood.

David's Café
David’s is a long-time Miami staple, where Cuban coffee lovers will quickly get addicted. 1654 Meridian Ave., 305-672-8707

With several locations around the city, this late-night Cuban joint is a must for those with round-the-clock cravings.

Van Dyke Café
This local Miami Beach cafe hosts Latin musical artists nightly from 9 pm to 1 am. 846 Lincoln Road, Miami, 305.534.3600

Tapas & Tintos
Foodies will appreciate top-notch tapas at this Latin-flavored restaurant hidden off Española Way.