Island Style Exploration In Little Haiti – Miami
In the 1980s many Haitian immigrants found their way to Miami – and soon settled in what was to become known as ’Little Haiti’. Their exodus from Haiti was the result of the bloody rule of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier which saw many exiled – or flee in fear of their lives. Today the the 40-block area known as Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood is home to around 30,000 of these original emigres and their descendants. the result of this influx has been the creation of one of Miami’s most vibrant attractions. Visitors to Little Haiti can enjoy the incredible street art that adorns the buildings of the neighborhood, enjoy weekends filled with the sounds of Haitian and Caribbean music, browse vibrant markets, enjoy fabulous food and intriguing art – or simply bask in the friendly greetings and smiles of Little Haiti’s residents.
So if you are in Miami and make the decision to explore this vibrant neighborhood – what are the attractions that you simply should not miss?
Of course, no trip to Little Haiti would be complete without at least sampling some of the wonderful cuisine on offer. There are an enormous number of eateries in the area – but here are a few that should be on the bucket list of any foodie. The first is ‘Piman Bouk’. Don’t be fooled by the plain exterior of this 59th Street eaterie. The stewed goat is incredible and the whole fish is great. Expect some fiery flavors. Another dining destination that simply cannot be missed is ‘Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen’. Here diners tuck into ‘Griot’ (fried pork with beans and rice), ‘Pikliz’ (a fiery cabbage slaw), ‘Lambi’ (Conch) and Creole Crab – among other delicious dishes. Try the fried banana.
Those who want to walk off the calories should head for Churchill’s – a great neighborhood bar and entertainment venue. This great Little Haiti attraction has been a neighborhood favorite since 1979 and has seen legends such as Iggy Pop and Marylin Manson wow the patrons. Kick back, play some pool and enjoy an ice-cold beer. It’s a great place to enjoy a warm Miami evening with live Jazz and Rock enlivening the proceedings.
For those who want a slightly more highbrow experience a visit to The Little Haiti Cultural Complex is highly recommended. here visitors will be able to gain some insight into what is on offer in the neighborhood, view art from local and international artists, perhaps even take in a live concert.
Little Haiti should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Miami – make sure that it’s on yours. While in the area be sure to check out the nearby attractions:
The first place to start is at the Lemon City Park, located at 27 NE 58th St, Miami, FL 33137. From here, you will proceed to check out the local creole cuisines at the Chef Creole Seasoned Restaurant, located at 200 NW 54th St. Miami, FL 33127. To get there you go west on NE 58th St about 318 ft to N. Miami Ave where you turn south (left). Head 0.2 miles to NE 54th St and turn west (right). Continue for 0.3 miles to turn south(left) on NW 2nd Ave. The restaurant will be to the right. See Map below:
The students that live within Little Haiti typically attend Miami Edison Senior High School located at 6161 NW 5th Ct. Miami, FL 33127. To get there from Creole Seasoned Restaurant, start going west on NW 54th St about 0.4 miles to NW 6th St. Turn north (right) , then proceed about 0.5 miles until you arrive at NW 62nd St . Turn east (right) at NW 62nd St and the school is on the right. Follow this map below:
To attend the local church in Little Haiti, you can visit Cathedral of St. Mary, located at 7525 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33150. From Miami Edison Senior High School, proceed east on NW 62nd St about 0.3 miles to NW 2nd Ave. Turn north (left) onto NW 2nd Ave and continue for 0.8 miles to the church on the right. Here are visual directions:
After church, you may desire a delicious pizza, you can find one at the Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffee Co., located approximately 1.2 miles away at the 7580 NE 4th Ct. Miami, FL 33138. So, from the Cathedral of St. Mary, you just head north on NW 2nd Ave to NW 79th St and turn east(right) , continue for roughly 0.8 miles to NE 4th CT. Turn south (right) and continue for 0.2 mi and the restaurant will be on the right. See Map below:
After you finished eating pizza and drinking coffee at the Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffee Co., you can visit de la Cruz Collection, located about 2.7 miles away at 23 NE 41st ST Miami, FL 33137. Head south on NE 4th Ct about 0.8 miles. Turn west (right) on NE 62nd ST and proceed 0.2 miles, be sure to stay left to be able to turn slightly left to stay on NE 62nd St about 0.3 miles to N. Miami Ave. Go south (left) and head about 1.3 miles to NE 41st St. Turn east(left) and in about 180 ft you will arrive at de la Cruz Collection. See Map below:
To get from the Little Haiti neighborhood to our Beharry Law firm in our Miami Accident office at 806 Douglas Rd, Miami, FL 33134 from de la Cruz Collection, about 7.1 miles away, begin heading west on NE 41st St toward N Miami Ave for about 148 ft . Take a left onto N Miami Ave and proceed 0.2 miles to the I-195 . Turn right onto the ramp to head towards Interstate 95/Airport for 0.1 miles. Proceed to merge onto I-195 W continuing for 0.2 miles to exit 1 for I-95 South. Take exit 1 from the right lanes to get on Interstate 95 South. Proceed for 1.6 miles and get into right lanes to take exit 3A for FL-836 W towards Miami International Airport. Stay in left lane through exit for 0.3 miles and then merge onto FL 836 west. continue driving for 2.8 miles. Take the NW 37th Ave exit toward Douglas Rd for 0.3 miles. Get into left lane and merge onto NW 14th St. From the 2 left lanes, take a left onto NW 37th Ave and proceed driving for 1.5 miles to just pass SW 8th St / Tamiami Trail. About 46 ft past Tamiami Trail on the right is our office building. Come on up to the 5th Floor. Check out map below: