Little Havana is one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods and, despite its name, goes beyond the Cuban diaspora with its diverse mix of culture, cuisine, and history.
And longtime residents are doing their best to preserve the neighborhood as development encroaches on the historic neighborhood from nearby Brickell and Downtown Miami.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a chance to explore Little Havana and found a chocolate factory that would make Willy Wonka blush. We learned the story of one of the neighborhood’s oldest businesses, the Los Pinareños Fruteria fruit stand, and made a stop by the family-owned Old Station Cafe coffee shop.
We also answered one of your questions about how the neighborhood became the anchor point for Cuban immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s.
A reader asked us how Little Havana became an anchor for Miami's Cuban immigrant population, so we took a closer look.