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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Calle Ocho

Calle Ocho
Eighth St., Little Havana, Miami, FL (Downtown)
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Ranked #48 of 119 Attractions in Miami
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dancing
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I had been looking forward to Calle Ocho, especially Culturales Viernes (3rd Friday street fair) and Cuba Ocho Art Gallery and Cafe. Sadly neither lived up to the photos and publicity. Calle Ocho is just a gritty, shabby city street. Cuba Ocho on a day when no event is going on is worth about 10 minutes looking at paintings, not really functioning as a tapas cafe at all. The Versailles Bakery and Cafe is on Calle Ocho but not in the heart of the Cuban section, being many blocks closer to Coral Gables. You can do the famous Versailles Cuban coffee and have a sweet or savory pastry, or you can have a good meal. It is an inexpensive, busy place, popular with people from all walks of life, and much nicer than the little places in the heart of Cuban Calle Ocho.

Visited January 2013
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“Los Pinarenos Fruteria - great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stumbled across this Mom and Pop open-air fruit stand and were amazed by the owner's enthusiasm (he greeted us with 'Congratulations - you found us!' as we rounded the corner). He told us all about the history of his family run business and then prepared us some delicious blended fruit drinks. We recommend it to anyone visiting Calle Ocho.

Visited December 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Undergoing good changes!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Calle Ocho is now home to more than just good Cuban food. They now have a great ice cream shop called Azucar, where you can get cool and odd flavors of ice cream. They also have an art walk (last Friday of the month), a cultural walk (which includes local architecture factoids), and a bunch of great ethnic restaurants (Mexican, Honduran, etc). There are also a few new bars (even a drag club), and some old ones that you can go to see real live Latin artists (Hoy Como Ayer). Don't go there if you want to shop...its not really that kind of place unless you are looking for Cuban trinkets and art or books in Spanish. You will not find clothing here unless you are looking for a guayabera. Yes, it IS hot..the best time of year is December through February. And do not expect friendly people who speak English. It's a short drive from the airport and South Beach or downtown. Other than 2 restaurants and one or two shops, most of the action is east of 27th avenue. The famous restaurant Versailles is WEST of 27th ave. If the crowds are too much at Versailles, cross the street to La Carreta. It is owned by the same folks and the food is very similar. There is nothing much for kids unless you want to take them on the art walks or shopping at the costume/magic shop (La Casa De Los Trucos). If you like cigars, you can smoke them at the domino park while you sip Cuban coffee and sit with grumpy old men and talk about Fidel Castro. If you like independent movies, try the Tower Theater. Its also the meeting place for most of the walking tours, as well as near the street dancing and street bands.

Visited December 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Little Havana but getting too many tourists.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I know that Florida's economy is based largely on tourists, so I do not mind that this is becoming a tourist destination. The problem in my eyes is that too many shops cater just to the tourists and are in the process of losing their Cuban authenticity. Nevertheless, there are many places to get a Cuban meal and finish it off with Cuban Coffee and a Cigar. Take the time to walk and look. I recently stopped at a bakery where no one spoke English, but the pastries were outstanding and very fairly priced. Get a few blocks away from the shops obviously catering to tourists and you will get to the heart of the Cuban spirit and culture.

Visited October 2012
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“Great Cuban food and music in little Havanna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I highly recommend restaurant Versailles for excellent Cuban food and best Cuban coffee,.There is also a bakery with tables if you do not want a big meal,Prices are reasonable. Then at 9 pm you can go to club Hoy Como Ayer on Sat nights and enjoy the talent of Anamaria Perera. She is a fantastic singer,piano player and composer.You will love her and enjoy the flavor of the Cuban culture

Visited November 2012
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