Best Cuban Coffee Shops In Miami

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Cuban coffee at Versailles Restaurant

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Guava pastelitos


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By: Shayne Benowitz

Made of strong, sweet espresso and steamed milk, Cuban coffee provides an addictive jolt of energy. You can order yours in a variety of sizes and styles: café con leche is similar to a latte, a cortadito is a smaller, stronger version, a cafecito is like a shot of espresso and coladas are extremely potent and meant to be shared. You’ll find ventanitas, or windows, serving Cuban coffee in every neighborhood in Miami where you can pair your cafecito with a sweet or savory pastelito, ranging from croquetas to empanadas and guava and cheese pastries. Read on for some of our favorite Cuban coffee spots around Miami.

Ventanita at Versailles
Order from the ventanita at Versailles

Little Havana


Since 1971, Versailles has been a local gathering spot for the Cuban diaspora and one of Calle Ocho’s most popular locales. The décor features golden chandeliers and surrounding mirrors showcasing a throwback to the Hall of Mirrors in France’s Versailles Palace. However, the sprawling restaurant has a decidedly casual diner vibe. You’ll find every staple of Cuban cuisine on the menu here, as well as some of the tastiest Cuban coffee in town. Whether you grab a table or order at the ventanita, you’re in for a treat.

Islas Canarias

Islas Canarias is a no-frills spot packed with hungry patrons craving a taste of authentic Cuban cuisine. Don’t be surprised if there’s a wait as this is one of Miami’s most popular Cuban restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Service is swift and efficient, so you’ll snag your table in due time. Of course, if you’re here for the coffee, avoid the crowds and order your cafecito from the ventanita with a crispy empanada to go with it.

Cuban Coffee
Cuban coffee is typically served in small portions but packs a caffeine punch

South Beach

David’s Café

David’s Café is a South Beach institution with a fascinating history. In the Gonzalez family for generations, it originally opened in 1977 inside a space that was formerly a Jewish deli and they decided to keep the name. The current location is found on Alton Road and run by Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Laura. It’s the perfect spot to partake in the cafecito tradition over a colada with friends.

Puerto Sagua

If you’re cruising down Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach and feel yourself in need of a Cuban coffee fix, duck into Puerto Sagua on the corner of 7th Street. This no-frills Cuban diner is a staple for a cafecito break and it’s always bustling. Enjoy a hearty meal of ropa vieja, black beans and rice with sweet plantains or keep it simple and get your cortadito and croquetas to go.

Larios on the Beach

Owned by celebrities and Miami royalty, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Larios on the Beach is known for its prime Ocean Drive location and award-winning Cuban cuisine. Grab a table on the terrazzo balcony overlooking Lummus Park and the beach for an afternoon cafecito paired with their coconut and cream cheese empanadas.

Panther Coffee
Panther Coffee offers a modern twist on classic Cuban coffee


Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

Despite what its name implies, Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop is a cafeteria-style eatery in Wynwood where locals go for delicious, hearty Cuban food. From Cuban bread and cortaditos to staples like pan con bisteclechon asado and filete de cherna, this casual spot is a go-to in Wynwood’s thriving arts district.

Panther Coffee

For locally roasted, fair trade coffee made by baristas who take the art of coffee-making seriously, swing by the original Panther Coffee in Wynwood. They also have locations in South Beach, Coconut Grove, Little Haiti and the MiMo district. While they serve European-style cappuccinos and lattes here, they’ve also got café con leches and cortaditos made with love.

Downtown Miami / Brickell

Caña at Hyatt Centric Brickell

One of Miami’s newest Cuban restaurants is found inside the Hyatt Centric Brickell hotel. Perfect for breakfast or a lunch break, swing by the second floor Caña and pair your café con leche with huevos con chorizo or their mouth-watering Cuban sandwich. The dining room is decorated with mural art by local artist Francisco Cerón depicting familiar scenes and symbols of both Miami and Cuba, including a vibrant salsa dancer, cafecitos, cruise ships and Biscayne Bay.

Sergio’s (and multiple locations)

For over 40 years, Sergio’s has served authentic Cuban fare with locations on Coral Way, Bird Road, London Square, Doral, Kendall and Pembroke Pines. The family-owned, fast-casual concept is run by mother and daughter duo Elsa Rocha and Blanca Cabrera. They’re especially famous for their croqueta recipe, which they spent years exacting into lightly fried perfection and pair perfectly with their cafecitos.

North Beach

Sazon Cuban Cuisine

With a bustling ventanita in the North Beach section of Miami, head to Sazon for your Cuban coffee craving. Catch some shade beneath their red awning on the sidewalk or grab a table inside or on their courtyard patio. It’s a warm and welcoming environment for a traditional Cuban meal or simply a cortadito to go to enjoy on your stroll along the beach.

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