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Cuban cuisine predominates the scene in Miami but it is the eclectic mix of Latin cultures that makes the area such a vibrant melting pot. This guide will give you a glimpse into the best breakfast spots the historical neighborhood of Little Havana has to offer. From the best Cuban coffee and guava pastries to delicious Dominican and Nicaraguan fare, brunch in Little Havana is like no other in the US.
The Pinarenos Fruteria is a cash-only fruit stand and stands as an experience in its own right. The only of its kind to be found in Little Havana, this is the perfect place for those looking to add a bit of adventure and a real sense of what lies 90 miles south, all without having to cross the border. Located in the midst of Calle Ocho, Pinarenos serves fresh pressed juices along with a pot-pourri of tropical fruits. Your best bet here would be to order the guarapo, or a typical sugar cane juice – super tasty.
Address: Pinarenos Fruteria, 1334 SW 8th St, Miami, FL, United States, +(305) 285-1135
Versailles is a staple in the Cuban community of Miami and no top 10 brunch list would be complete without it making an appearance. Versailles has a long and rich history due to the fact that it became the first place politicians would visit while in town in order to gain support from the Cuban exiles and get a better sense of their needs as a marginalized community. Versailles is such a representation of the heart of Cuban culture that journalists will still visit this spot to get a local point of view on current social and political issues. Due to its popularity, Versailles draws large crowds but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better cortadito to accompany your breakfast.
Address: Versailles, 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL, United States, +(305) 444-0240
Delicias serves as a reminder of the eclectic mix of Hispanic cultures that make Miami the metropolitan hub that it is. Upon entering, your senses are overloaded with smells and decor with the power of transporting you right across to Spain. This market-restaurant uses quality ingredients and prepares everything with care and from scratch. The breakfast menu is full of options and comes with a wide selection of wines imported from the other end of the Atlantic. Start your morning with a bocadillo de jamon or huevos a la flamenca, eggs dipped in a homemade Spanish sauce.
Address: Delicias de España, 4016 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL, United States, +(305) 669-4485
Home to authentic Cuban cuisine since 1972, El Cristo has been delighting locals and tourists alike with a unique flair for strong Cuban food with a touch of American influence. Their breakfast menu shines with specials such as huevos a caballo, which combines palomilla steak with two eggs cooked to order. Not only does El Cristo feature a beautifully decorated outdoor sitting area, but it’s also located right next door to the Tower Theatre – one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks.