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Top 5 Date Spots in Little Haiti

Amit Bhuta

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Oct 31 8 minutes read

Let fun Kreyol conversations, Konpa dance music, and the spicy, caramelized aroma of pork griot spearhead a unique, love-filled escapade around Little Haiti, Miami's honorary Haitian community!

A quaint, up-and-coming community less than five miles north of Downtown Miami, adjacent to the world-renowned Miami Design District, trendy mixed-use Wynwood, Midtown, and Upper Eastside neighborhoods, Little Haiti is an authentic reflection of Miami's diversity and cultural heritage, and a world of its own, despite being only minutes away from the thriving downtown.

At Little Haiti, a romantic rendezvous is far from typical no beaches, upscale bars, swanky restaurants, or high-end shopping.

Instead, couples can expect a tour around Haitian bookstores, Caribbean marketplaces, authentic Creole restaurants, thrift stores, art galleries, culture, history, and more-- everything you need for an island-themed getaway from the bustle of the city — sans the sands in your toes!

Here are the top five date spots in Little Haiti.

1) Arrange a romantic morning picnic for two at Athalie Range Park 

525 NW 62nd St, Miami, FL 33150

Grab your bikes and head for an invigorating morning ride around Athalie Range Park, a famous spot for nature and recreation in Little Haiti!

Frequented for swimming, sports, strolling, and biking in Little Haiti, Athalie Range Park, much like most city parks, is an ideal destination for couples looking for a peaceful time outdoors surrounded by plant life and a diverse assortment of flora.  

In fact, you won't even mind spending a warm day outdoors in Athalie Range Park, thanks to the fun activities and beautiful sights you can enjoy while you're here — and its public swimming pool where you can cool off, of course!

After sweating it out, set up a romantic picnic for two at any of Athalie Range Park's picnic tables or on the grass and drink in the refreshing scene of lush trees and colorful flowers — it's the perfect destination to set the mood for a fine date in Little Haiti!

2) Spend your day holed up with books at Librerei Mapou 

5919 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Are you craving a quiet afternoon with books and the company of your beloved?

Scratch out coffee shops and cafes — experience the authentic feel of Little Haiti at one of the community's most distinctive and unique locations, the Librerei Mapou!

Spend the day holed up at Librerei Mapou and get lost in the stacks of rare books in French, Creole, and English, with subjects ranging from folklore and sociological studies to novels and language and grammar books.

Aside from its gigantic collection (3,000+ choices!), Librerei Mapou features paintings by Haitian artists on their walls, live dance rehearsals and drum performances, and French and Creole lessons for the owner himself!

No doubt, Librerei Mapou is far from your typical bookstore!

3) Experience authentic Bahamian dining at Chef Creole Seasoned Restaurant 

200 NW 54th St, Miami, FL 33127

Do you want to know how to immerse yourself in Haitian and Creole culture?

Treat your date to an unpretentious, authentic Bahamian dinner at Chef Creole Seasoned Restaurant! 

A colorful and vibrant Creole restaurant boasting a culmination of explosive flavors, crossing all cultural barriers with Haitian, Creole, and Bahamian dishes, Chef Creole Seasoned Restaurant is not an upscale or posh dining spot, yet it remains a famous destination for "foodies" looking to eat fresh and delicious in Little Haiti, thanks to celebrity chef Wilkinson "Ken" Sejour genius expertise in Haitian and Bahamian cuisines.

Feast on griot (fried pork), served with rice, beans, and Chef Creole's famous signature pikliz (spicy cabbage slaw), queue boeuf (oxtail), legume (vegetable stew), lambi (conch), Creole crab, diri ak djondjon (Haitian black rice), brown stewed chicken, and bannann Fri (fried banana)!

With all these dishes to try, all cooked fresh and tasty for your liking, there's no other reason NOT to head to Chef Creole when you're having a dinner date in Little Haiti!

4) Laugh your hearts out at Villain Theater

5865 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Turn that big goofy smile into bouts of laughter at Villain Theater, an intimate Little Haiti community theater offering boisterous stand-up, open mic shows, and improv comedy!

Making people laugh for years, Villain Theater is an ideal destination for couples looking for a fun night outside the club scene, all while hearing some of the most hilarious stand-up comedies in Miami.

And if you find yourself setting up an impromptu date night, you won't have to worry about finding a spot to sit down — Villain Theater has an indoor and outdoor section, so you can comfortably watch the show, no matter the weather!

Want to enjoy the performances with some snacks?

Order from Villain Theater's menu of burgers, fries, chicken wings, salads, and more — I hear they've got some of the best around!

5) Enjoy cocktails with live music and beautiful overlooking views at The Citadel Miami 

8300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

Are you ready for good food, a vibrant scene, and the most romantic backdrop for your last hurrah in Little Haiti?

Drive to The Citadel for your last stop for the night — delicious food, shopping, scenic views, and live music await!

Inspired by the world's great public gathering spaces, The Citadel is a modern destination offering local artisanal foods, handcrafted cocktails, maker-driven retail, and culturally immersive experiences unlike anything Miami has ever seen. 

We're talking about a spread of shareable dishes and drinks from different restaurants, shopping, and intimate conversations with your beloved, all while enjoying a gorgeous view overlooking Miami's skyline from the rooftop!

There's nothing like closing the night with amazing food, live entertainment, and the warm company of the apple of your eye, agree?




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