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Miami’s 12 Best Spots for Pastelitos

From traditional to modern versions and everything in between

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Cuban bakeries are as popular as the beaches in the Magic City. It’s difficult to not come across a Cuban bakery loaded with pastelitos in Miami — especially in the southern part.

The baked, puff pastries — similar to a turnover — are filled with a vast assortment of sweet and savory fillings such as guava, cream cheese, coconut, ham, and ground beef, including unique combinations and some modern, unexpected creations. Whether it’s for breakfast with a cafecito in the mornings, a midday snack, or a weekend treat for family and friends, pastelitos are always a mainstay in the South Florida diet.

Here’s a list of some of Miami’s top contenders to score pastelitos from in geographical order from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

El Indio Bakery

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When in Hialeah, give El Indio to satisfy those pastelito cravings. Enjoy a quick snack or create a box of all varieties including ground beef, cheese, guava, coconut, and chorizo to eat later or treat family, friends, and co-workers.

Bakery Pastelmania

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Pick up a box of these Cuban pastries in traditional flavors, as well as pineapple, spinach, coconut with cheese, chicken, ham, and pizza pastel — ham, cream cheese, and tomato sauce sandwiched in puff pastry. Priced under a dollar each (except for the pizza pastel), patrons can easily afford to try all flavors and determine a favorite. 

Versailles Cuban Bakery

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Make a quick stop at Versailles’ popular ventanita for pastelitos and cafecito. Or, step inside the bakery for a look at the varieties available and pack a box of Cuban goodies including the popular, triangle shaped guayaba y queso combo.

Breadman Miami

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While traditional flavors are available, Breadman stepped it up with its namesake, not-so-traditional pastelito flavors. Savor the carne y maduro with beef and sweet plantain, the coco choco with coconut and chocolate, or the Nutella with cream cheese.

El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

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If traffic is backed up on Southwest 32nd Avenue, it may be this family-owned bakery’s fault for its knack in baking pastelitos for over 40 years. Find the expected flavors including the sweet and creamy cheese pastelito de queso, coconut, guava, guava and cheese, and carne.

Ricky Bakery #2 Coral Way

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With four locations in Southwest Miami and one in Doral, Ricky tempts pastelito lovers’ palates everyday. Enjoy the typical flavors along with the unexpected yet surprisingly tasty tuna pastry or the complete pastelito preparado with ham and Swiss cheese.

Vicky Bakery

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Guava lovers swear by Vicky’s pastelito de guayaba and while all others are readily available for picking, this is the popular bakery’s best seller. Second place goes to its cheese pastry with a generous coating of sugar, and third to the twofer Dutch pastelito de carne made with beef plus sliced ham and Swiss cheese. 

Gilbert's Bakery on Bird

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With roots in the baking business dating back to 1928 in Camagüey, Cuba, family owned and operated Gilbert’s has its recipes down pat. A few years ago, it developed a vegan recipe for pastelitos de ‘carne’ to cater to those following a plant-based diet. Also available are the traditional flavors plus exotic flavors like Spanish sausage and seasonal mango.

 

Karla Bakery

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Years of family baking tradition passed on to generations is why Karla Bakery maintains its popularity. Take a number and gaze at the selections available but make sure to pick the fan favorite pastelito de carne packed with a hearty serving of its marinated ground beef. 

Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

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For those living out in West Miami-Dade, Islas Canarias is the destination for Cuban pastries. The old school, no nonsense bakery caters to those searching for traditional pastelito flavors such as meat, coconut, guava, cheese, and a combination of the latter two. 

Pinecrest Bakery

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Satisfy that pastelito craving anytime of the day at Pinecrest Bakery with twelve locations spanning from North Miami to Key Largo open 24 hours a day. Stop by any location and enjoy a variety of flavors including the savory chorizo, and sweet guava and cream cheese. For those with an adventurous appetite, splurge on the black angus burger stuffed with cream cheese and sandwiched between two guava pastries. 

Party Cake Bakery

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With ten locations throughout South Florida, Party Cake’s pastelitos are never too far away. The carne, guava, and coconut pastries are fan favorites along with the cangrejito, which is sometimes mistaken as a crab pastry because of its name but is actually made with chorizo here.

El Indio Bakery

When in Hialeah, give El Indio to satisfy those pastelito cravings. Enjoy a quick snack or create a box of all varieties including ground beef, cheese, guava, coconut, and chorizo to eat later or treat family, friends, and co-workers.

Bakery Pastelmania

Pick up a box of these Cuban pastries in traditional flavors, as well as pineapple, spinach, coconut with cheese, chicken, ham, and pizza pastel — ham, cream cheese, and tomato sauce sandwiched in puff pastry. Priced under a dollar each (except for the pizza pastel), patrons can easily afford to try all flavors and determine a favorite. 

Versailles Cuban Bakery

Make a quick stop at Versailles’ popular ventanita for pastelitos and cafecito. Or, step inside the bakery for a look at the varieties available and pack a box of Cuban goodies including the popular, triangle shaped guayaba y queso combo.

Breadman Miami

While traditional flavors are available, Breadman stepped it up with its namesake, not-so-traditional pastelito flavors. Savor the carne y maduro with beef and sweet plantain, the coco choco with coconut and chocolate, or the Nutella with cream cheese.

El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

If traffic is backed up on Southwest 32nd Avenue, it may be this family-owned bakery’s fault for its knack in baking pastelitos for over 40 years. Find the expected flavors including the sweet and creamy cheese pastelito de queso, coconut, guava, guava and cheese, and carne.

Ricky Bakery #2 Coral Way

With four locations in Southwest Miami and one in Doral, Ricky tempts pastelito lovers’ palates everyday. Enjoy the typical flavors along with the unexpected yet surprisingly tasty tuna pastry or the complete pastelito preparado with ham and Swiss cheese.

Vicky Bakery

Guava lovers swear by Vicky’s pastelito de guayaba and while all others are readily available for picking, this is the popular bakery’s best seller. Second place goes to its cheese pastry with a generous coating of sugar, and third to the twofer Dutch pastelito de carne made with beef plus sliced ham and Swiss cheese. 

Gilbert's Bakery on Bird

With roots in the baking business dating back to 1928 in Camagüey, Cuba, family owned and operated Gilbert’s has its recipes down pat. A few years ago, it developed a vegan recipe for pastelitos de ‘carne’ to cater to those following a plant-based diet. Also available are the traditional flavors plus exotic flavors like Spanish sausage and seasonal mango.

 

Karla Bakery

Years of family baking tradition passed on to generations is why Karla Bakery maintains its popularity. Take a number and gaze at the selections available but make sure to pick the fan favorite pastelito de carne packed with a hearty serving of its marinated ground beef. 

Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

For those living out in West Miami-Dade, Islas Canarias is the destination for Cuban pastries. The old school, no nonsense bakery caters to those searching for traditional pastelito flavors such as meat, coconut, guava, cheese, and a combination of the latter two. 

Pinecrest Bakery

Satisfy that pastelito craving anytime of the day at Pinecrest Bakery with twelve locations spanning from North Miami to Key Largo open 24 hours a day. Stop by any location and enjoy a variety of flavors including the savory chorizo, and sweet guava and cream cheese. For those with an adventurous appetite, splurge on the black angus burger stuffed with cream cheese and sandwiched between two guava pastries. 

Party Cake Bakery

With ten locations throughout South Florida, Party Cake’s pastelitos are never too far away. The carne, guava, and coconut pastries are fan favorites along with the cangrejito, which is sometimes mistaken as a crab pastry because of its name but is actually made with chorizo here.

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