3 OG Little Havana Locals Tell Us Their Neighborhood Favorites

July 23, 2018admin



This week, we’re continuing on our quest to spotlight the most magical (and delicious) corners of Little Havana. Instead of bringing you into another neighborhood Guide, we thought we’d put our maps to good use and work with true locals. We sat down with three truly 305-til-I-die Little Havana natives to lead us to their favorite things about Miami’s vibrant cultural epicenter. Take a look at what they shared:

JennyLee Molina
Founder of JLPR and 3:05 Cafecito

Where’s your go-to cafecito spot at 3:05PM?
I go to El Exquisito, it’s my favorite ventanita and they serve Cafe La Llave, which is my personal favorite. It’s also steps away from our office so it’s an extra convenient spot to get our afternoon cafecito jolt.

You just landed at MIA, where’s your first Little Havana destination?
Ball & Chain, of course! I love to dance and they always have the live music going along with great cocktails and friendly staff.

What’s your favorite thing about the neighborhood?
Little Havana is so dynamic and rich in culture and history. I love to strike up conversations with tourists visiting this side of Miami and who want to learn more about the Cuban influence that has shaped this community. Everyone is warm and friendly in Little Havana – from the tourists to the locals. It has such a down-to-earth quality about it.

Daniel “Krave” Fila
Premiere Miami urban artist based in Little Havana

What is one thing in Little Havana you couldn’t live without?
I really do love our shared courtyard area, and the neighbors I share it with. Self promotion aside, It’s what I would miss the most if I moved my studio elsewhere.

You just landed at MIA, where’s your first Little Havana destination?
There are so many good spots to eat, but Exquisito is my jam. It’s nothing fancy. It’s just that classic Miami Cuban.

What’s your favorite thing about the neighborhood?
Access to coladas. I kid…sort of. The simple way of life there. We are low key, but Miami’s best kept secret. I’m surrounded by humble, working class people, mom-and-pop shops, and a real sense of community.

Marvin Tapia aka @MrMiamiMarvin
Organizer for Viernes Culturales & Local Aficionado

Name your absolute favorite meal in the neighborhood.
Hard to narrow down, but one of my favorite meals in Little Havana is The Fried Shrimp Sandwich from La Camaronera.

You just landed at MIA, where’s your first Little Havana destination?
The first thing I do every time I land back in the 305 is head towards a ventanita (usually the one at Versailles) for some Cafecito.

What’s your favorite thing about the neighborhood?
My favorite thing about Little Havana is it’s people, without a doubt.