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Eric Paige scatters granola over a cookie at Cindy Lou's Cookies.
Eric Paige scatters granola over a cookie at Cindy Lou's Cookies.
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A guide to local favorites in Little River

Eric Paige scatters granola over a cookie at Cindy Lou's Cookies.
Eric Paige scatters granola over a cookie at Cindy Lou's Cookies.
  • By Suzette Laboy
  • Photos by Scott McIntyre
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Little River
Miami
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Remnants of its industrial roots can be seen throughout Little River. With its Miami Modern architecture intact, the McArthur Dairy still distributes milk out of its 1950s building, and trains pass through regularly, forcing a slower-than-usual trip through this neighborhood named for the stream that flows from the northern part of the city and empties into Biscayne Bay. But artists and developers have transformed it into a neighborhood known for its galleries, eclectic coffee shops and more.

Meet Suzette Laboy

Suzette has lived in Miami since she was 5 and embraces its constantly warm but often finicky weather (hello, random afternoon rain showers). But even given that, she prefers to be outdoors, exploring Miami one park and neighborhood at a time.

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Little River

Sherwoods Bistro
The vintage-inspired decor alone is worth a visit to this bistro: The bathroom fixtures and tiles are said to have been salvaged from the French Embassy in Portugal. There’s a piano for live jazz, an expansive menu (try the bone marrow) and plenty of space indoors and outdoors.
Sherwoods Bistro, 8281 NE Second Ave. Miami, Fla. 33138
The Citadel
This food hall has 12 eateries including Asian and Caribbean fare, pizza and charcuterie (check out the charcuterie cone). Go for $5 happy hour and check out the rooftop bar on a breezy Miami night.
The Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave. Miami, Fla. 33138
Rose Coloured Floral
A whimsical, wild boutique floral business that also houses a jewelry shop, gallery and design studio. Sara Rose Darling makes custom arrangements with seasonal flowers, herbs and foliage.
Rose Coloured Floral, 7338 NW Miami Ct., Miami, Fla. 33150
Cindy Lou’s Cookies
This shop bakes palm-size cookies in nostalgic flavors like Cap’n Crunch or peanut- butter-and-jelly, as well as other treats, such as guava coconut macaroons.
Cindy Lou’s Cookies, 7320 NE Second Ave. Miami, Fla. 33138
Imperial Moto Cafe
An unexpected mix of all things motorcycle and coffee. Helmets and bikes are spread across this shop that includes clothing, accessories and pastries.
Imperial Moto Cafe, 7299 NW Second Ave. Miami, Fla. 33150
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Suzette Laboy
Suzette has lived in Miami since she was 5 and embraces its constantly warm but often finicky weather (hello, random afternoon rain showers). But even given that, she prefers to be outdoors, exploring Miami one park and neighborhood at a time.
Scott McIntyre
Scott is a Miami Beach-based contributing photographer for The Washington Post who has been proud to call himself a Floridian since 2011. He has photographed a variety of stories throughout the state and beyond, but his favorite focus has been finding the people, locales and ideas that make Florida the unique place that it is. While some like to make fun of Florida, he likes to celebrate it.

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