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By Jeané Neal

Little Havana is a neighborhood in Miami bursting with life, so much culture, buildings filled with murals and so much FOOD! I haven't paid Calle Ocho a solid visit in ages so I decided I needed to take a trip down memory lane. 

Little Havana, or "La Pequeña Havana", is home to many Cuban immigrants as well as Central and South Americans. It is nicknamed after the largest city and capital in Cuba called Havana. There's so much to do there but I can give you a list of some of my favourite To-Dos.

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1) Versailles Cuban Cuisine

Cafecito chico y un pastelito con queso y guayaba ,por favor! If you've never had Cuban coffee or a pastelito, which is a Latin pastry, then this is where you need to go! If there is a long line, I promise you it's worth the wait!
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2) Maximo Gomez Park: Domino Park

This is so cool and free of charge! It is a park with tables and chairs that are open for anyone to use. Although you must bring your own dominos, everyone is extremely friendly! You can go alone or bring friends. It's just all about fun and having some friendly competition. Of course, it can get heated but you can learn a thing or two from some of the locals who have probably been playing for longer than they'd like to admit. 
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3) Cock-A-Doodle Dooooo, ROOSTERS! 

While I'm sure there were some feet peckers lingering around, I'm not talking about roosters that are giving you that unwanted 6 a.m. wake-up call. You know you're on Calle Ocho when you drive by and every block has a painted rooster statue somewhere on the sidewalk. The "Roosterwalk" is very meaningful to the locals and they take pride in these unique pieces of art. 

Whether you're looking for some authentic pan con bistec, trying to learn Spanish, or want to learn more about Miami history, take an afternoon and wander. You'll be surprised to see what you find, who you may run into, or what you'll learn!


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