We Cubans feel very much at home in Miami. It may be the weather, the landscapes, the common history. Or it may be just the people. No matter where you walk by in Miami–Downtown, Brickell, Westchester, Hialeah, or South Beach–you’ll see Cubans around. You’ll know they’re Cubans. Even if they speak English, they speak Cuban.
Kurlansky walks through the city and tries to understand the present living rhythm based on what happened in the city some centuries ago. He tells the story of how the rich moved as they grew richer from Old to Center Havana, from Center Havana to Vedado, and from Vedado to Miramar, leaving their beautiful buildings behind for the lower classes, which could not afford their maintenance. Since 1959, the majority of the buildings were left to embrace the salty Caribbean breeze.
YUCA, an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans, is known as being one of the most original Cuban restaurants in South Florida featuring Innovative Nuevo Latino Cuisine. This cooking style includes traditional Latin ingredients and flavors that creates a unique cuisine in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Cubaocho Museum and Performing Art Center is a new concept that has known success for being different and unique. The place has been designed as an art gallery to promote all expressions of arts; that’s why it has become one of the most visited locations in Miami, not only by artists but by art lovers as well.
The iconic nightclub from the first half of the last century has reemerged as a live-music venue with Cuban-style offers. Jazz club hosting luminaries like Billie Holiday from the 1930s–1950s, this exceptional coin rises once again in Little Havana, embracing its colorful past with a 1930s-inspired design. The menu features Cuban tapas, from pork rinds to pork spring rolls, and famous cocktails as mojitos, daiquiris and plantain-infused margaritas.
Palacio De Los Jugos is this great little spot on the corner of Flagler and 57th. The outside patio and seating area is way larger than the actual place itself. It’s a mix between cafeteria and small grocer, where they sell hot counter food, snacks, grocery, and prepared foods.
Versailles Restaurant is known as the most famous Cuban restaurant in the world. From the very heart of Little Havana, they have been serving tasty Cuban cuisine and culture to the South Florida community and tourists for more than 45 years. After its opening in 1971, Versailles quickly became the place of reunion for Miami’s Cuban exiles. Today, the same spirit remains in this unique place. Not surprisingly, Versailles is the first place politicians visit locally for support from the Cuban exile community.