Little Haiti spans the old Miami neighborhoods of Lemon City, Edison Center, Little River and Buena Vista East with its heart at N.E. 54th Street between Biscayne Boulevard and North Miami Avenue.Bursting with Caribbean colors and Creole charms, Little Haiti is where many Haitian artists, musicians and entrepreneurs get their start in Miami. A magical neighborhood with many mom-and-pop grocery stores, restaurants and dress shops, it is here that visitors can find a hint of the Afro-Caribbean religion known as voodoo and some of the best Haitian compas music found this side of the Gulfstream.
The proud focal point of the neighborhood is the Caribbean Marketplace, a magnificent, open-air replica of the famed Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. Designed by Haitian-born architect Charles Harrison Pawley, the building received the National Honor Award in 1991 from the American Institute of Architects, the most prestigious award of its kind.
Not far from Little Haiti are the older, established residential communities of El Portal, Miami Shores, Belle Meade and Morningside.