I had been here before but now I work here and am here mon-fri. It's more than a place worth a quick drive thru of glance because it's living and breathing. I am on the city bus now headed to my broward county express bus and these people on the bus live, socialize, pray, eat and work here along 8th (Calle Ocho). Plan to spend a day. It's not a big place but you must be leisure like those that call this home. There are a number of walking tours for the houses and buildings and there are more organized tours. Be sure to: have a cafe and pastry (cuban coffee is a tiny shot of caffeine and sugar!), lunch of slow cooked, oh so tender pork, beans and rice, beer and/or cocktail, watch or play donimoes (mostly men but a few women venture in), a movie at the tower (subtitled), the many galleries for art (or showing on street), at night more elegant meals and music/dancing (flamenco) and just the tiny shops for food, trinkets, fabric, all the places a community who walks needs close by. Prices are reasonable if for the locals. You may not be understood if you only speak english (like me) but a smile and/or bilingual person to help goes a long way! Slow down and enjoy the place!
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