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.
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