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Off Miami’s Beaten Path: 24 Hours in Little Haiti

August 16, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin
Writer
Image via Alex Feldstein
 

For those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path, look no further than “Little Haiti,” Miami’s mural-clad micro community. Also known as Lemon City (a hangover from the late 1800’s when the neighborhood was known for its lemon plantations), in this culturally vibrant area you can sample some of the best Haitian cuisine north of the Caribbean. Start your exploring early, for 24 colorful hours in this cultural mecca.

9:00 am
New Florida Bakery
46 NE 62nd St
Start your day with a delicious lobster pastelito—or puff pastry. Only $1 a pop, this bakery is known to have the best in Florida!

bakery

11:00 am
Caribbean Marketplace
5925 NE 2nd Ave
*Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Browse the handicrafts and cultural artifacts at this vibrant Caribbean marketplace. Be sure to check out Liberi Mapou, a Haitian specialty publications stall.

1:00 pm
Chez Le Bebe
114 NE 54th St
Stop in for lunch at Chez Le Bebe. This local haunt opened its doors in the 1980s when a major wave of Haitians moved to Miami. Donning a small menu with the self-proclaimed “best griot [fried pork] in town,” we recommend you decide for yourself.

chez-le-bebe

2:00 pm
The Consignment Bar
7418 Biscayne Blvd
Where do all the handbags and designer wares of Miami celebs end up? Here! This upscale consignment boutique stocks high-end designer clothing. Just a short drive outside of Little Haiti it’s worth the detour. Prada us!

consignment bar

3:00 pm
Churchill’s Pub
5501 NE 2nd Ave
Since 1979, legendary Churchill’s has been a meeting point for the local community. Overlooking one of the busiest street corners in Little Haiti it’s a must for a lively mid-afternoon drink. Also worth checking out is the music schedule, as they were voted number 1 live music venue by Miami New Times 2014.

4:00 pm
Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave
Go record shopping at the legendary Sweat Records. This independent music store, cafe and event space stocks an awesome hand picked selection of indie music, some local artists, books and rock ‘n roll magazines.

sweat records

6:00 pm
Cafe Creole
200 NW 54th St
For a fun, fantastic dinner, TV cooking show host Chef Wilkinson “Ken” Sejour has grabbed his native Creole cuisine by the fishtail and created Haitian seafood for the masses. This spot is pride of the local Haitian community and popular amongst visitors alike.

8:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59 Terrace
*Every third Friday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
If you’re lucky enough to be in Miami on the third Friday of the month, spend your evening at Big Night In Little Haiti. A mini festival held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center with Haitian cuisine, art and the best local music acts. Check out the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s page for other events and exhibitions.

Big Night in Little Haiti

10:00 pm
Cab it back to SLS South Beach and decompress from your cultural day out with an outdoor nightcap courtesy of Jose Andres, at Bar Centro.