Full of art, food and culture Little Haiti is Miami’s blossoming treasure. The small, non-touristy neighborhood offers the chance to explore diverse tastes and settings.
Little Haiti has been the center of Haitian immigration since the 1980s, today it continues in that tradition as a hub for all things from the Caribbean nation. Full of rich cultural histories of Afro-Caribbean immigrants, the neighborhood continues to evolve into a colorful beacon of Miami’s art scene.
A walk down 54th to 62nd streets will uncover vibrant street art and murals on the suburban walls, many by great Haitian artists, like Serge Toussaint.
Now, younger local artists, priced out of the Design District and neighboring Wynwood, have started migrating into Little Haiti adding a unique vibe to the creative evolution of the area. Little Haiti has even won over international art greats with its events during Miami Art Week.
Here are 5 spots you need to know in Little Haiti.
Little Haiti Cultural Complex & the Caribbean Marketplace
212, Northeast 59th Terr
WPH recommends you visit Little Haiti Cultural Complex. It is the heart of art and culture in Little Haiti and an official Art Basel destination. A great combination of live music, buzzing art and theater, delicious food and interesting people. Check out what events are on before you visit.
Don’t miss the community market days every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm in the Caribbean Marketplace. Local sellers offer original Afro-Caribbean fashion and accessories, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, arts, cuisine and more. Each weekend there is a new theme, keeping it fun and diverse.
Little Haiti Thrift and Gift Store
5863 NE 2nd Ave
Fashionistas you must not miss this funky thrift store that has got fashion greats talking. Little Haiti Thrift and Gift Store is full of cool little treasures, great prices and friendly staff. Spend hours sifting through scores of used designer clothing, shoes, handbags, leather boots, Jackets, furs, and multicultural fashion and accessories. The variety of African-influenced fashion is outstanding. You are sure to find yourself some majorly cute outfits!
During Art Basel 2014, Vogue took over the store for its star-studded Catwalk: A Night of Vogue event. Don’t miss it, it’s one of the hottest fashion spots in the city! Visit Little Haiti Thrift and Gift Store’s website for more information.
Libreri Mapou Bookstore
5919 NE 2nd Ave
Explore the greats of Creole and French literature in this bookstore, which has been a pillar of the community since 1986. It was one of the first community hubs for the growing Haitian community when it opened. Today, it holds a collection of thousands of literary works and plays hosts to political talks, readings and panel discussions as well as Haitian performance artists. Make sure to check coming events on its Facebook as you are sure to encounter some of the best emerging Haitian artists.
5501 NE 2nd Ave
The best spot to wind down after a day of exploring. This low-key pub has been key in the Miami live music scene for decades, giving artists like Marilyn Manson and the Mavericks a place to kick off their careers. It opens early afternoons and attracts a mix of locals and regulars. It is the ideal place to escape and catch a live act or sing along to jukebox tunes, play the billiard tables, arcades and games.
200 NW 54th St
Believe the hype! Always full of people, the food is worth the wait. A unique dining experience, Chef Creole sees a mix of Haitian and Bahamian influences into a menu ranging from octopus to oxtail. But this place is really all about the Creole seafood! Fresh tasty seafood cooked in a blend of Haitian herbs. We recommend you try the fried shrimp platter for an authentic flavor. So popular Chef Wilkinson Sejour, has now opened multiple locations and built a small seafood empire in Miami.
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