Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Following your guide, walk to six local eateries and sample traditional Cuban dishes including guava pastries and chicken plantain cups. You'll also meet local artists, watch cigar rollers, and listen to traditional Cuban music during your 2-hour walking tour. You'll leave with a full belly and a ton of knowledge about Little Havana's history, culture and Cuban cuisine.
Meet your guide at the Agustin Gainza Arts Gallery in the afternoon to begin your walking tour of Little Havana. As you follow your guide through this bustling neighborhood -- noted as the center of social, cultural and political activity in Miami -- you'll notice the distinct Cuban atmosphere, as many Cuban immigrants live here.
Your guide will take you to six local family-owned restaurants and cafes in the must-visit Calle Ocho area and give you an overview of the neighborhood's traditional, rustic Cuban cuisine. Sample Cuban favorites such as homemade mamey and flan ice cream, chicken- and picadillo-stuffed plantain cups, guava pastelito (pastry), coffee, guarapo juice and mariquitas (plantain chips) or malanga frita --similar tothe taro root but sweeter, malanga is fried like a potato chip.Many of these dishes are prepared from family recipes that have been passed down through many generations. All tastings are included and sum up to a large, full lunch.
Not only will you try this neighborhood's cuisine, but you'll also get a taste of some local culture. Meet artists in their studios, listen to traditional Cuban music, watch cigar rollers, take a peek at Domino Park, and learn about the community's spiritual beliefs and practices.
Your 2-hour Little Havana tour ends back at the Agustin Gainza Arts Gallery.