Miami is home to some of the most beautiful beaches around, as well as bright and colorful murals, Latin dance clubs, and great street food. What you might not know is that the city is also home to some of the best bakeshops around. From delicious empanadas and pastelitos to handmade bread and vegan cinnamon sugar cupcakes, here’s a look at the top eight bakeries.
Zak The Baker Cafe
Bakery, Pastry Shop, Cafe, Kosher, American, $$$
If you’re in the mood for a fresh loaf of bread, Zak the Baker loaves can be found fresh throughout several Whole Foods locations in Miami. However, if you want to visit the café for a delicious sit-down meal, you have to visit the Zak the Baker (kosher) café in Wynwood. Menu items include ricotta, orange curd, and lemongrass sweet toast, hot and fresh tuna melts, soups of the day, and pastries to take home.
Atelier Monnier is a French bakery and wine boutique that will give you all the Parisian vibes you could want. The bakery offers freshly baked French baguettes and brioche loaves, quiches, savory croissants, yogurt and granola bowls, an amazing smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich, blueberry danishes, palmiers, and, of course, macarons.
Bakery, Dessert Shop, North American, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
Located in Wynwood, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies serves up some of the most delicious pies around, with flavors like chocolate peanut butter, brown butter pie, and s’mores. They also have a killer guava cheesecake, red velvet cake, and serve lunch pies, including their infamous mac and cheese pie. If you’re in the mood for some seriously savory pies, you’re going to have to hit this spot in the vibrant streets of Miami’s arts district.
In the mood for some Latin food? Vicky Bakery has locations all throughout the city, including Coral Gables, Kendall, Hialeah Gardens, and North Miami Beach. They bake fresh pastelitos – Spanish pastries that are golden, flaky, and filled with ground beef, chicken, spinach, cheese, and other tasty flavors. Paired with a cafe con leche or ice cold Jupiña pineapple soda and you’ve got yourself a delicious snack or meal. Some locations are even open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Bakery, Dessert Shop, North American, European, Dessert, $$$
If you’re looking for the most stylish donuts to snap for Instagram, The Salty Donut is your place. The savory, sweet, and ridiculously gourmet donuts make this list for their outstanding flavors which include the apple and dulce de leche fritter, eggnog creme brulee, brown butter and salt, guava and cheese, and maple bacon. Made fresh daily, they are so good that you’ll be back for more the next day (and still dreaming of them once you leave Miami). The artisanal bakery and coffee shop is a real gem tucked away in the arts district.
El Brazo Fuerte Bakery is home to fresh-baked traditional Cuban and French pastries and savory dishes. Cuban pastries come in several delicious sweet flavors, including coconut, guava and cheese, guava only, and cream cheese, plus savory options such as beef, ham, and tuna. The bakery also serves up some beautiful éclairs, Napoleons, Key lime tarts, and pizza-flavored pastries. If you’re looking for a great snack to grab on the way to a party, the beach, or another event, stop by El Brazo Fuerte for a true taste of Cuban goodness.
Bunnie Cakes is a vegan’s paradise. The bakery offers cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and cakes and other baked goods in both vegan and vegan gluten-free options. Made fresh daily, some of the most delicious cupcake flavors offered include cinnamon sugar, cookie dough, guava, Key lime, passion fruit, red velvet, and chocolate chip. They make for a perfect sweet (vegan) pick-me-up during a day out. Other goodies they sell include cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes in a jar (which are to die for), cake sundaes, and cacao chia pudding.
Bakery, French, Vegetarian, Dessert, Fast Food, $$$
If you’re looking for a place to pick up some delicious treats and want to feel like you’re stepping into a piece of France, Chocolate Fashion is your place. The bakery offers French delights like apricot and pear tarts made from scratch, creamy lattes, and the most amazing salami and brie on French baguette sandwich. Located in the beautiful area of Coral Gables, this is a perfect spot to have a coffee date, brunch or lunch, or pick up a midday snack.