Have I shared how much I love exploring my backyard? I swear South Florida has so much to offer. I can literally find something new to do every day of the year and not repeat. Recently, I paid a visit to Little Haiti and had the pleasure of Incommon Photography tagging along to document my trip.
About Little Haiti
Little Haiti is just as it suggests, a little slice of Haiti. Located in North Miami, this neighborhood is where many Haitian immigrants and other Caribbean islands call home. Little Haiti has been mostly highlighted for crime and poverty. However, recently, there has been a resurgence of street art and restaurants. I’ve never really explored Little Haiti (I know…so embarrassing to be Haitian and never really visit Little Haiti) so I wanted to visit to see what it has to offer.
Things to Do
Central to the city of Little Haiti is the Haitian Cultural Complex. The Haitian Cultural Complex hosts events pretty much every week. While there, I caught some vendors setting up for a pork fest that would take place later that afternoon. Every month, the complex hosts Big Night in Little Haiti which includes live music, food, art, and lots of culture. I am looking forward to attending this event in the future.
Visitors can shop at the Mache Ayisyen which translates to the Haitian Marketplace. Depending on the day’s activities, you can find something going on at the Haitian Marketplace. I was lucky to catch a few vendors selling their products. The music from the marketplace drew me in. I was welcomed by colorful and eclectic artwork with heavy Haitian influences. It was such a fun place to visit. One place that I didn’t get to visit was Sweat Records, a vintage record shop/coffee house.
There are a number of art galleries and street art/murals in Little Haiti. I found several murals that were beautiful and vibrant. Find one that speaks to you. My favorite one was the “Welcome to Little Haiti” mural located on NE 2nd and NE 59th Street. Some art galleries that I didn’t get to visit that you should include on your list are Yellen Art Gallery and the Laudro Mat.
After my morning of exploring, I stopped by Piman Bouk, a local bakery serving up yummy pastries. Although I didn’t get to try it, I’ve heard that Chef Creole has some of the best Haitian food in town. I’ll be back to tell you what I think of it.
What struck me the most about Little Haiti was it’s vibrancy and colorfulness. I can’t believe that I’ve never explored this little gem. Looking forward to returning very soon.
Photos by Incommon Photography
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