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Where To Find Miami's Best Pastelitos

Since it's impossible to choose only one.

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Try arguing with a local Miamian that pastelitos are just sugary Cuban pastries whose consumption should be limited to once or twice a week. You’ll lose.

These flakey, turnover like creations, made with layers of puff pastry are usually filled with a sweet guava filling, cheese, pineapple or coconut (yet, savory variations are popular as well) and are a staple at a South Florida breakfast, but are equally delicious no matter the time of day.

While this dish can be found all over the city, Cuban bakeries tend to make them the best, so we can agree that there are two things Cuban bakeries in Miami excel at: 1. Being exuberant. 2. Feeding you. We rounded up nine pastelitos in the city, listed in alphabetical order, that all have a shot at being the best.

Don’t see your favorite on the list? Add it to the comments, and we’ll check it out.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Breadman Miami Bakery

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5804 W 20th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33016
Breadman in West Hialeah is only a few months old but has already built a repertoire on a par with the Cuban bakeries founded by emigrated families. Its Nutella and Nutella with cream cheese-filled pastelitos give this novice joint a contemporary twist. [Image via: Breadmanmiamibakery]

2. Cafe & Bakery Chantilly

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12618 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184
(305) 221-7899
Chantilly’s doesn’t necessarily show up in a Google search of “Most famous Cuban bakeries in Miami,” but ask anyone within its vicinity and they’ll eagerly tell you all about it. The hand-written pastry labels and original Cuban bread bags are dead giveaways that Chantilly’s authenticity is legitimate. [Image via: Yelp]

3. El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

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1697 SW 32nd Ave
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 444-7720
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El Brazo Fuerte Bakery, which translates to “The Strong Arm,” serves up to eight flavors of pastelitos including guava, guava cream cheese, beef, ham, tuna and coconut. One for every day of the week plus an extra to double up on Mondays. [Image via: Ebfbakery]

4. La Rosa Bakery

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4259 W Flagler St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
The five founding brothers of La Rosa Bakery continue follow the recipes taught in Cuba by their great-grand father more than 100 years ago. They’ve been serving guava, coconut, meat, and ham and cheese pastelitos for 47 years now. [Photo via: ru4scooba]

5. Miramar Bakery

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370 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023
(954) 963-4050
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For the folks up north, and even those who know it’ll be worth the drive, Miramar Bakery’s specialty is the guava pastelito, but it also serves beef, cheese, guava and cheese, and other life essentials. [Photo via: Trip Advisor]

6. Pastelmania

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2015 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 541-3675
When a restaurant’s name ends in “-mania,” it usually means the preceding noun is something they serve a lot of. In this case it’s Pastel, or pastry, and the name is more than appropriate. Pastelmania specializes in cakes, breads and a variety of Cuban pastries including several types of pastelitos. [Image via: Carla Torres]

7. Pinocho Bakery

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5236 W Flagler St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 448-7843
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This family-owned bakery has been around since the 80s and shows no signs of slowing down. It continues to specialize in birthday, wedding and quinceañera cakes and prove prowess in other pastries including Buñuelos, Señoritas and, our favorite, pastelitos. [Image via: Jorgieramos_mia]

8. Vicky Bakery

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18600 NW 87th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33015
(305) 829-3837
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Currently on their 43rd year of operations, Vicky Bakery is clearly doing something right, in all twelve of its South Florida locations. Its famous pastelitos are the results of a family recipe that hasn’t changed in over three generations; it’s one their founder says he’s been following since his days as a baker in Cuba in the 60s. [Image via: Miamitomanhattan]

9. Yisell Bakery

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1310-1336 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
It’s not unusual for Cuban bakeries to display all their pastries at once behind glass counters and serve them as they stand. Yisell Bakery in Hialeah serves them fresh out of the oven and at inarguably cheap prices ($.60 per pastry). [Image via: Yelp]

1. Breadman Miami Bakery

5804 W 20th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33016
Breadman in West Hialeah is only a few months old but has already built a repertoire on a par with the Cuban bakeries founded by emigrated families. Its Nutella and Nutella with cream cheese-filled pastelitos give this novice joint a contemporary twist. [Image via: Breadmanmiamibakery]
5804 W 20th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33016

2. Cafe & Bakery Chantilly

12618 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33184
Chantilly’s doesn’t necessarily show up in a Google search of “Most famous Cuban bakeries in Miami,” but ask anyone within its vicinity and they’ll eagerly tell you all about it. The hand-written pastry labels and original Cuban bread bags are dead giveaways that Chantilly’s authenticity is legitimate. [Image via: Yelp]
12618 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

3. El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

1697 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, FL 33145
El Brazo Fuerte Bakery, which translates to “The Strong Arm,” serves up to eight flavors of pastelitos including guava, guava cream cheese, beef, ham, tuna and coconut. One for every day of the week plus an extra to double up on Mondays. [Image via: Ebfbakery]
1697 SW 32nd Ave
Miami, FL 33145

4. La Rosa Bakery

4259 W Flagler St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The five founding brothers of La Rosa Bakery continue follow the recipes taught in Cuba by their great-grand father more than 100 years ago. They’ve been serving guava, coconut, meat, and ham and cheese pastelitos for 47 years now. [Photo via: ru4scooba]
4259 W Flagler St
Coral Gables, FL 33134

5. Miramar Bakery

370 S State Road 7, Hollywood, FL 33023
For the folks up north, and even those who know it’ll be worth the drive, Miramar Bakery’s specialty is the guava pastelito, but it also serves beef, cheese, guava and cheese, and other life essentials. [Photo via: Trip Advisor]
370 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

6. Pastelmania

2015 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135
When a restaurant’s name ends in “-mania,” it usually means the preceding noun is something they serve a lot of. In this case it’s Pastel, or pastry, and the name is more than appropriate. Pastelmania specializes in cakes, breads and a variety of Cuban pastries including several types of pastelitos. [Image via: Carla Torres]
2015 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135

7. Pinocho Bakery

5236 W Flagler St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
This family-owned bakery has been around since the 80s and shows no signs of slowing down. It continues to specialize in birthday, wedding and quinceañera cakes and prove prowess in other pastries including Buñuelos, Señoritas and, our favorite, pastelitos. [Image via: Jorgieramos_mia]
5236 W Flagler St
Coral Gables, FL 33134

8. Vicky Bakery

18600 NW 87th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33015
Currently on their 43rd year of operations, Vicky Bakery is clearly doing something right, in all twelve of its South Florida locations. Its famous pastelitos are the results of a family recipe that hasn’t changed in over three generations; it’s one their founder says he’s been following since his days as a baker in Cuba in the 60s. [Image via: Miamitomanhattan]
18600 NW 87th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33015

9. Yisell Bakery

1310-1336 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
It’s not unusual for Cuban bakeries to display all their pastries at once behind glass counters and serve them as they stand. Yisell Bakery in Hialeah serves them fresh out of the oven and at inarguably cheap prices ($.60 per pastry). [Image via: Yelp]
1310-1336 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

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