While Miami was once mostly an all-American city, Cubans have added some passion and flavor to it not only with their culture but with their food. A major Cuban staple is their pastries known as ‘pastelitos.’ Now if you live in South Florida and have not had these delectable Cuban confections then you might have been living under a rock for the last 30 years! These sweet and flaky sweets-which are usually filled with Guava, cheese, or meat- are a must to all Miami locals and tourists! If you are not sure where to go here is a list of some of the best places to find these little bites of heaven. Take a look!
El Brazo Fuerte Bakery
1697 SW 32nd Ave
Come by this Little Havana staple and enjoy a little ‘cortadito’ (Cuban espresso with milk) with their renowned pastelitos. This bakery takes their job seriously so they open at 6 a.m. for the early birds. If you have an event, get one of their famous decorated cakes! Get there early because this place gets packed.
3501 SW 8th St
This place is known by tourists and locals for having the best guava pastelitos and cortaditos. The best part is that they also have a restaurant next door which is famous for their Cuban food so you can eat your meal and then go by their bakery for a cafecito and dessert! Even ex-president George W. Bush stopped by during one of his visits to Miami! Make sure to try some of their thick homemade hot chocolate during the fall season.
La Karla Bakery
6474 W Flagler Street
This place has various locations throughout Miami, making it easily accessible while still offering some of the best genuine Cuban pastelitos. They are also famous for their addictive homemade Cuban bread made each morning. Nothing better than tostadas (Cuban toast), a pastelito and café con leche for breakfast!
La Rosa Bakery
4259 West Flagler Street
This bakery has been serving award winning cakes and pastelitos since 1968. It has delighted generations of pastelito lovers making it to our top list! If you want something bitter ask them for their famous homemade Bocaditos (mini sandwiches)! You’ll think a Cuban ‘abuelita’ made them.
La Palma Cafeteria
6091 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL
If you need a late night fix of good pastelitos, come by this little venue to enjoy some of their renowned guava and cheese pastries. If you are lucky enough to visit them during one of Miami’s rare cold fronts, then ask for some of their amazing hot chocolate and churros. We can’t promise you won’t find yourself craving them in the wee hours of the night!