Encompassing the vintage Miami neighborhoods of Lemon City and Little River, spanning NE Second Avenue between 52nd and 71st streets and Interstate 95 and Biscayne Boulevard, this bustling Creole-speaking community echoes its Caribbean homeland through distinctive architecture, traditional churches and authentic foods, spices and music.
Take in the art by Caribbean artists at the Little Haiti Cultural Center or browse through the well-curated collection of Haitian books, art and French, English and Creole titles at Libreri Mapou. Meanwhile, the vivid streets of Little Haiti bustle with family-owned businesses, hip furniture emporiums, music stores, book shops and clothing boutiques. The Caribbean Marketplace is designed as a replica of the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince and is the place to shop for fine art, jewelry, handmade souvenirs, collectibles and fashion.
Visual artists feel right at home in Little Haiti thanks to YO Space, a communal art facility that allows emerging artists to create, collaborate and exhibit their work. The area is also home to the Yeleen Gallery, Daleus Museum and Art Gallery and the Laundromat Art Space.
Entering the iconic and always oh-so-cool Sweat Records is like stepping into a Nick Hornby novel. You can find a curated treasure trove of musical collectibles like CDs and magazines, but you really come here for the superior knowledge of music, live events, vegan brunches, great coffee and of course, to get your hands on some serious vintage vinyl.
And then there’s the food — savory Creole and tropical flavors blended with African and French influences. Leela’s is a family-owned business open for the past 30 years. From the steamed snapper to the classic griot (fried pork), Executive Chef Lubin and Chef Marthe have taken Haitian cooking to a new level. Afterwards, stop at one of the local bakeries for sweet treats like tablet cocoye, made from shredded coconut.
When the sun sets, head over to Churchill’s Pub, one of Miami’s most iconic music venues since 1979, offering a raw, no-frills environment. End your day here with some drinks, local indie bands, a friendly game of pool and some serious music cred.