Miami—an up-and-coming foodie hub with surprising and diverse cuisine—is one of my favorite cities for food. The city is a melting pot of Latin culture with options that include Michelin-star Peruvian cuisine, Mexican street tacos, and authentic Haitian bites.
I love wandering Calle Ocho, testing out some of the more famous Cuban foodie spots and the hidden underdogs, and scooping up poulet en sauce noix (stewed chicken) and legim (a lentil-style stew) in Little Haiti. Of course, Miami offers plenty of different foods, from freshly caught seafood to Thai dishes to African cuisine, making the Florida city one of the most underrated foodie spots in America. Here’s where you need to eat when visiting.
Miami is hot and humid year-round. Bring sunblock, and be ready for occasional rain June-November.
If you only have time for one thing, make it Little Havana. You can’t leave Miami without trying Cuban food.
Start by strolling Ocean Drive in South Beach, taking in the quintessential art deco buildings overlooking this famous stretch of sand. Get a taste of Florida’s fresh and delicious seafood at Joe’s Stone Crab.
Seeing Miami by boat is a must. Grab a taxi to the boat dock to enjoy an afternoon or evening scenic cruise, complete with Champagne and snacks. Near the boat dock, continue your international food tour at Kiki on the River, a riverside Greek restaurant.
Taxi over to Little Havana for a sampling tour of Calle Ocho’s famous Cuban foods and learn about Cuban art and culture. Don’t miss the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame and Domino Park, where locals still play evening games. At the famous Versailles, order the Cubano, a sandwich piled high with slow-roasted pork, ham, pickles, and cheese.
Start off the day with a tour of Miami’s African-American and Caribbean-American communities, such as Overtown. Learn about famous neighborhood legends including Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Sammy Davis Jr. before enjoying a soul food lunch.
Grab a taxi heading north to Little Haiti, another of Miami’s foodie neighborhoods. Stop at Piman Bouk bakery for Haitian patties, savory, beef-filled croissant-style pastries. For a full meal, Naomi’s Garden offers delicious Caribbean and Haitian delights and a charming outdoor garden—perfect for Miami’s warm, humid nights.