Where to Find the Best Cuban Pastries in Miami, Florida

Today I want to share with you a Miami staple–Cuban pastries! You can find a Spanish bakery on nearly every corner in South Florida. There’s nothing like starting your day with a cafecito and a baked good to remind you that you’re on vacation.

My personal favorites are the empanadas. I actually make them at home, though not as large. And I would be remiss if I didn’t pay tribute to the croqueta.

You may be asking, what’s a croqueta? If you don’t know the answer to that question, I’m sad for you. You have been missing out on what might be the most delectable deep fried ham concoctions known to man. Each one consisting of no more more than 3 bites, it’s a savory snack that’s common in Hispanic households.

Forget Pringles–you can never eat just one croqueta.

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If you want to get your hands on some of the best baked goods in Miami, here are 5 places to start:

1) Karla Bakery

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If you’re driving around Little Havana and looking for a place to get good Cuban pastries, look no further than Karla Bakery. Located right off Flagler Street, they’re affordable, authentic, and sooooo yummy. I cannot stress that last part enough.

I relish the whole experience, from finding the place (I always get lost) to taking my time with selecting my treat(s). There are many pastry options available, from cakes to meat pies, so feel free to take a box to-go!

2) Versailles Restaurant

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Another popular place for tourists to visit is Versailles Restaurant. You can order from the ventanita (outside window) and sip a Cuban coffee while you watch life unfold on adjacent and iconic 8th Street.

3) Isla Canarias

Locals endorse croquetas from Isla Canarias, with just a hint of lemon or lime. The croquetas at Isla Canarias are fatter than most, perfect if you have a voracious appetite. What’s more, at roughly a dollar a piece, they won’t break the bank.

4) Sergio’s Restaurant

Another popular option is Sergio’s. They have every filling you can imagine, from the typical meat and chicken options to guava or spinach pastries. They also have a window so you can order to go, or sit inside for a more expansive dinner menu. Sergio’s is a South Florida staple; so much so that they have a cafe in Fort Lauderdale Airport.

5) Vicky Bakery

Finally, if you’re looking for a quality bakery with locations all throughout the South Florida area, head to Vicky Bakery. Their pastries are affordable and authentic. If you walk into party with a platter of mixed goods from Vicky’s, you’ll be the most popular person there.

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So there you have it folks, and introduction to all that is Cuban pasteles, or as I call them, pastelitos! Make sure to grab a few if you’re ever in Miami.

Till next time, safe travels!

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2017-11-28T23:18:58+00:00 25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Leah September 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    YUMMM all of this looks so amazing! I’m so happy to be back in Latin America (I’m in Nicaragua currently) where foods like this are always available. Pastelitos were entirely different in Venezuela, much more like an empanada, and you’re so right, it changes in every country so I can hardly keep track of what’s what! But it usually doesn’t matter because like you said it’s all SO DELICIOUS! Healthy, ehhhh not so much, delicious, yes! Thanks for making me hungry 😉

    • Twenties Chic Blog September 16, 2014 at 2:45 am - Reply

      Yes! The bread too, that changes from country to country and I love seeing the variations 🙂 Sounds like you’ve had an amazing sampling of Latin America, hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Nicaragua!

  2. Alexandra June 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    WOW! I had no idea these were a thing and now I find myself toying with the idea of a Miami trip JUST to enjoy them. Totally digging your scrumptious descriptions, and I think I’ll be craving a lemon pastry all day. And yes, I also think it’s sad I’ve never experienced a croqueta. Time to fix that.

  3. Anete June 7, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! This looks so delicious. I relly enjoyed reading this post, as I’m planning to go to Miami to look for all the best Cuban things availabel there. This will be a great help 🙂

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:14 am - Reply

      So happy to hear that Anete! Have a great time in Miami and eat lots of great food!

  4. megan June 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    OMG. Cuban pastries look awesome! I love anything deep fried, stuffed with sweet or savoury – I will have one of each!

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

      Really, you just described my four basic food groups haha. So glad you liked the post Megan!

  5. Louise June 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    This really made my mouth water! I had a lot of empanadas in Argentina and absolutely love them, I’ve never thought to try making them at home but maybe I should?

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

      You absolutely should Louise! You can buy the dough from your local supermarket, most likely they’ll sell the Goya brand in the frozen foods section. So easy to make and you can freeze them for later! One of my favorite quick meals 🙂

  6. fee June 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Gawd, pastries are my favourite type of comfort food. I could eat them all day, I’ve tried a cuban pastry before – so it’ll my aim to see if I can source them locally (UK)!

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:09 am - Reply

      I hope you can find some! If not, I sense a business opportunity because these bad boys sell themselves haha 😉

  7. Delilah June 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been to the Miami area, but this list of local favorites is very tempting! I think I would want to try Karla’s Bakery. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

      That’s a great choice Delilah! Usually my go-to 🙂 and you’re very welcome!

  8. neha June 8, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Cuban pastries in Miami must be a delight to find. Thanks for the guide! Often when we go to a place, we expect to have the dishes of that place. But stumbling upon cuisines from different parts of the world anywhere comes as a welcome choice for us travelers.

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it Neha! These are definitely a Miami staple, worth a try if you’re ever in the area! 🙂

  9. Rosie Fluskey June 8, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, I am craving croquettes SO badly now! I adore Cuban food and I pass through Miami on my travels quite a bit. I have bookmarked this for future reference (MIA here I come)

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

      Enjoy Rosie! You can’t go wrong with any place I mentioned, and totally take some back with you to snack on the plane! 🙂

  10. Megan June 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Yum! My mouth is watering. I love empanadas too and your wonderful round-up has me dreaming of a trip to Miami ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen on a Jet Plane June 12, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

      Thanks Megan! So glad you share my love for empanadas and delicious baked goods haha 🙂

  11. Marine June 20, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I know nothing about Cuban food, I need to check for it in Paris !

  12. Abhinav June 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Looks tempting

  13. Mercy (Zen Maud) June 26, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I’m sold! 🙂

  14. Tahnee July 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    They look incredible especially the ham epanada 😍😍😍 now I’m super hungry yum yum

  15. Matt August 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Mmmm, they all look super tasty, thanks for sharing.

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