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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.

1. El Indio Bakery

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4160 E 4th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33013
(305) 557-0811
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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.

2. Bakery Pastelmania

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2015 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 541-3675
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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. 

3. Versailles Cuban Bakery

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3501 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 441-2500
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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.

4. Breadman Miami

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8100 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33144
(305) 265-1348
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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.

5. El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

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1697 SW 32nd Ave
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 444-7720
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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.

6. Ricky Bakery #2 Coral Way

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3115 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145
(786) 552-9494
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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.

7. Vicky Bakery

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245 University Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 441-0611
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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. 

8. Gilbert's Bakery on Bird

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5777 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 668-0366
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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.

 

9. Karla Bakery

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8754 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 549-8198
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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. 

10. Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

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3804 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175
(305) 559-0111
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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. 

11. Pinecrest Bakery

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12101 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL 33156
(786) 732-2269
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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. 

12. Party Cake Bakery

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13798 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 254-0906
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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.

1. El Indio Bakery

4160 E 4th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33013

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.

4160 E 4th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33013

2. Bakery Pastelmania

2015 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135

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. 

2015 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135

3. Versailles Cuban Bakery

3501 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

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.

3501 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

4. Breadman Miami

8100 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144

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.

8100 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33144

5. El Brazo Fuerte Bakery

1697 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, FL 33145

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.

1697 SW 32nd Ave
Miami, FL 33145

6. Ricky Bakery #2 Coral Way

3115 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145

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.

3115 SW 22nd St
Miami, FL 33145

7. Vicky Bakery

245 University Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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. 

245 University Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33134

8. Gilbert's Bakery on Bird

5777 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

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.

 

5777 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155

9. Karla Bakery

8754 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

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. 

8754 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

10. Islas Canarias Cafe Restaurant & Bakery

3804 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33175

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. 

3804 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175

11. Pinecrest Bakery

12101 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL 33156

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. 

12101 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL 33156

12. Party Cake Bakery

13798 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

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.

13798 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177

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