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Latin Treats on Miami's Calle Ocho

No habla español? Just point and smile.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.6 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  MIami bills itself as "The Gateway to Latin America," but no neighborhood is more international than a stretch of SW 8th... more »

Tips:  What to bring: Don't forget your hat and sunscreen even in the winter months. A Spanish-English dictionary might help, but don't be... more »

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Just across the street from the Bay of Pigs monument, this neighborhood favorite packs in foodstuffs not found many places outside of Latin America, but it is far more than a supermercado. It's also one of MIami's best Latin cafeterias and a bakery offering pastries, cakes and specialty breads.

The bakery and take-out selections are at the back ... More

2. Los Pinareños Fruterìa

You don't have to climb a palm tree to enjoy the super-hydrating coconut water right out of the hard-shelled fruit. Here a man with a machete walks into a cooler to pick out a good one and then whacks it open right in front of you for $2.50, straw included.

But that's only one of the treats at this family-owned business, which has been on Calle ... More

3. Ventanas

"Ventana" means "Window" in Spanish, but in MIami it means a cup of coffee that can rock your socks off. All along Calle Ocho are service windows where you can knock back a potent espresso or a foaming cafe con leche guaranteed to keep you going for hours.

Locals gather at the vendanas for a caffeine fix but also to gossip, ... More

It won't be an illegal Cuban Monte Cristo in the humidors in the cigar shops scattered along SW 8th Street, but it may be the grandson of Monte Cristo. Tobacco comes from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua where seeds were smuggled out of Cuba two generations ago.

In Miami, cigar makers continued their craft in little factories that... More

This artisanal ice cream and sorbet parlor became an instant neighborhood favorite when it opened in the fall of 2011 with a rainbow of tropical flavors.

Consider:
Mantecado (Cuban vanilla)
Avocado
Dulce de leche (literally "candy with milk")
Key lime
Platanos maduros (fried sweet bananas)
Banana with peanut butter
And, of course, Caf... More

6. El Pub

Look for the giant roosters. That's how to find El Pub, an old school Cuban restaurant that's an institution on Calle Ocho. El Pub (pronounced L-Poob) is somewhat worse for wear, gritty some might say, but with its open-air dining and mementos of a long ago Cuba, it reeks atmosphere.

Take out or settle down at a table outside or in to sample... More

7. Presidente Supermarket

Wander up and down the aisles and marvel. The first Presidente opened on Biscayne Boulevard in 1990. Now with 20 stores in South Florida, Presidente is one of the largest Hispanic supermarkets in the country. The Calle Ocho location, the third to be established, is a bustling exercise in bargain shopping.

There's a whole section for mojo sauces, ... More

You'll have to drive to visit Versailles west on 8th Street at SW 35th Avenue, but no tour of Little Havana is complete without this stop. It doesn't exaggerate when it calls itself as "The World's Most Famous Cuban Restaurant." Like its French namesake, the 370-seat restaurant is a hall of mirrors, a glittering setting for power... More