On this month's CNNGo, a Cuban-born TV personality, a chef and a grammy-nominated musician show us around Miami.

Editor’s Note: This story, and several others on Miami, complement the CNNGo TV series. See more of the show here: www.cnn.com/gotravel.

Miami CNN  — 

From the shores of South Beach to Little Havana to the graffiti filled alleyways of the Wynwood District, the experiences Miami offers are as varied as the individuals that call Miami home.

Cuban born TV personality Ismael Cala walks CNN through the zen gardens of Villa Vizcaya and reminisces about his childhood over a plate of the Cuban staple, picadillo.

Chef Lorena Garcia shows us around the ever-changing Design District and tastes the fusion of Latin American flavors at her favorite Miami restaurant.

We end our journey with Jorge Gomez, a member of the Grammy-nominated band Tiempo Libre, to find out where he goes to get the best Cuban cigars and mojitos in town.

Here is just a glimpse of where we’ve been:

Moises Bakery

Moises Bakery's delicious cuatro leches cake.

Owned by a Venezuelan family from Portugal, this little bakery with an unassuming storefront in Miami Beach is filled with shelves of delicious snacks and desserts from all across South America.

Miami locals stop in to pick up everything from traditional Venezuelan cheese sticks called tequenos to the decadent cuatro leches cake.

It serves some of the best empanadas in town. Stuffed with cumin seasoned ground beef flecked with raisins and olives, they’re best eaten with a cup of cafe con leche.

Moises Bakery, 7310 Collins Ave., Miami; +1 305 868 0548

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

An extravagant European palace-inspired villa -- right in the heart of Miami.

Anyone looking for an escape from the city of Miami could visit the relaxing greenery of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Built in the early 1900s as a winter home for American business mogul, James Deering, the estate was modeled after a centuries-old Italian villa.

Walking through the home is like walking back in time – every room is complete with original furnishings from that era.

The biggest draw, though, comes from the accompanying gardens – a carefully cultivated subtropical paradise.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami; +1 305 250 9133

Wynwood Arts District

Wynwood offers colorful street art with a side of urban grit.

This funky and eclectic neighborhood has quickly become one of the hottest spots in town to hang out.

In 2009, the Wynwood Arts District Association began taking abandoned warehouses and converting them into art complexes.

The area now has one of the largest art communities in the United States.

It’s not hard to find creative expression in this part of the city. Every inch of wall space and even pavement is used as a canvas for artists from all over Miami.

Wynwood Arts District

El Palacio de Los Jugos

El Palacia de Los Jugos -- a market with plenty of ready-to-eat options.

It’s a grocery store that brings the sights, smells, and sounds of street markets from all over the world to the heart of Miami.

Steaming trays of Cuban staples entice hungry shoppers while a man cracks coconuts open for thirsty patrons.

Local families incorporate this place into their routine, grabbing seats on the massive patio to have a meal.

Our favorite was the simple but delicious chicharrones, tender pieces of pork belly fried to salty perfection.

El Palacio de Los Jugos, 5721, W Flagler St., Miami; +1 305 264 8662

Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain has been serving up mojitos and local music for the last eight decades.

Ball & Chain is a watering hole whose roots go back to the Depression-era 1930s.

While most hit South Beach for their evening entertainment, the nightclub has been a go-to for decades amongst musicians and locals alike.

On any given night, the venue is hosting live performances on two stages, one trending towards salsa and the other towards jazz.

If you’re a fan of discovering local artists – and great mojito – while traveling, Ball & Chain offers some of the best music the city has to offer.

Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Little Havana, Miami


Lorena Garcia, chef

Ismael Cala, journalist

Jorge Gomez, musician, Tiempo Libre



“Big City Bright Lights”






Elastic Bond

“Find a Way”

“Keep It Flowing”

Electric Piquete

“De Cara al Sol”



Brendan O’Hara

“Stop For Nothing”

Tiempo Libre

“Somebody to Love”

“Dime Que No”

“El Loco”