The best bakeries in Miami to load up on carbs

Fresh bread? Flaky croissants? A freaking croqueta cake? The best bakeries in Miami have all that and more.
Zak the Baker
Photograph: Platonic Studios
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Your opinion of the best bakeries in Miami might differ depending on what, exactly, you’re in the mood for. Like everything about this city, diversity is the name of the game. We’ve got Jewish bakeries, classic Cuban bakeries (including one of the best restaurants in Miami) and just about everything in between. For a city that’s weather forecast calls for 100 percent chance of skin year-round, Miami’s love of carbs and sweets is strong. What the best coffee shops in Miami do for our mind, these bakeries do for our stomach. And you’ll for sure have to fight us for that last pastelito. 

Best bakeries in Miami

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Madruga Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Emily H.
Restaurants, Bakeries

Madruga Bakery

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

What is it? A labor of love from owner Naomi Harris. Find her up bright and early milling organic whole grains into flour in her minimal, airy bakery.

Why go? Even the morning rush here is somehow pleasant thanks to a speedy and friendly staff. And we still haven’t found a better way to start our day than with Madruga’s bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich on an onion poppy roll.

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Zak the Baker
Photograph: Platonic Studios
Restaurants, Delis

Zak the Baker

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? Probably the most famous bread people in Miami. In Wynwood, Zak [Stern] the baker has created a Jewish bakery that feels both rooted in tradition yet ambitiously adventurous.

Why go? The bread—sure—but ZTB’s deli dishes are just incredible. Pick one of the sandwiches, soups, toasts and more. Warning: the challah comes out of the oven at noon every Friday and you will have to fight an elderly lady for your loaf.

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Fireman Derek's World-Famous Pies
Photograph: Michael Viera
Restaurants, Bakery

Fireman Derek’s World-Famous Pies

icon-location-pin Midtown

What is it? A tiny dessert joint that packs a big punch. If you have a sweet tooth, Fireman Derek’s is going to be your happy place.

Why go? The classic key lime pie is as good as any you’ll find in Miami but Derek’s also blasts out stoner fantasies like the sundae pie or salty monkey pie (ganache, peanut butter and banana filling, Oreo crust, crushed pretzels and chocolate drizzle) with equal proficiency.

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Rosetta Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nic Z.
Restaurants, Bakeries

Rosetta Bakery

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? A rapidly expanding bakery that’s surprisingly good, considering its touristy locations. The spot has a classic casual Italian vibe. Just point at something that looks tasty and they’ll get it ready for you.

Why go? For the freshly baked stuffed focaccia. It’s a pillowy burst of carbs you need in your life—at all times of the day. We like ours with prosciutto and mozzarella.

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True Loaf
Photograph: Donna Irene Muccio
Restaurants, Bakeries

True Loaf

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? A lovely spot in the equally lovely Sunset Harbour. The sweet pastries are a hit here, perfect to grab before taking a stroll through the cozy beach community.

Why go? People love True Loaf’s generously-stuffed oversize croissants. But if those happen to be all gone, one of the giant cookies should suffice.

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Bunnie Cakes
Photograph: Courtesy Bunnie Cakes
Restaurants, Bakery

Bunnie Cakes

icon-location-pin Midtown

What is it? A sweets shop as cute as its name implies. The brightly colored bakery serves mini-cupcakes and more tiny treats you won’t feel too guilty scarfing down.

Why go? If you’re into reading labels, Bunnie Cakes is ideal. The bakery is vegan! And even picky eaters probably won’t be able to tell whilst biting into the cupcakes, cakes, brownies and doughnuts.

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B Bistro + Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy B Bistro + Bakery
Restaurants, Bakeries

B Bistro + Bakery

icon-location-pin Brickell

What is it? Crazy creations from mad pastry scientist Henry Hané. Find croissants bursting with Nutella, an “everything bagel croissant,” and something called a cruffin, which is either a type of Arctic bird or a very tasty pastry.

Why go? Want to Instagram your food before you eat it? You’ll have the chance to rack up the likes here. And, unlike most splashy Insta-food, this food actually tastes great.

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Buena Vista Deli
Photograph: Courtesy Buena Vista Deli/Felipe Cuevas
Restaurants, Bakery

Buena Vista Deli

icon-location-pin Buena Vista

What is it? A hidden neighborhood cafe serving all sorts of tasty French treats. Buena Vista Deli has long been a local favorite for breakfast and lunch.

Why go? This French place takes its croissants very seriously. Does it nail all the other Parisian-approved bakery items with equal national pride? Oui!

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Versailles Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/jpellgen
Restaurants, Cuban

Versailles Bakery

icon-location-pin West Little Havana

What is it? The famed Miami Cuban restaurant that needs no introduction. Versailles has a bakery next door to its buzzing restaurant, where a steady stream of Miamians buy pastelitos pretty much all day.

Why go? Your kitchen counter just looks naked on the weekend without some pastelitos and other Cuban treats from Versailles. Though it may look crowded, the Versailles team is great at getting you in and out (even if you don’t speak Spanish).

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Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
Restaurants, Bakery

Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe

icon-location-pin Sunset Harbour

What is it? A tasty bakery specializing in mini treats. Get a mousse shot, mini cheesecake or cupcake. The smaller the dessert, the smaller the guilt.

Why go? Sweetness has some pretty neat flavor combinations. We’ve seen eggnog, maple bacon and cotton candy cupcakes—and lived to tell the tale.

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CraveClean Protein Bake Shop
Photograph: Courtesy CraveClean Protein Bake Shop
Restaurants, Bakery

CraveClean Protein Bake Shop

icon-location-pin Little Gables

What is it? A cheat day treat that won’t completely kill your progress in the gym, bro. Most of the desserts here are under 200 calories and packed with protein.

Why go? Because you can have your cake and eat it too! Protein powder, coconut milk and other smart substitutions make these cupcakes, brownies and doughnuts a good choice for your sweet tooth.

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Breadman Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Breadman Miami
Restaurants, Bakeries

Breadman Miami

icon-location-pin Hialeah Gardens

What is it? Cuban classics with a modern twist. Breadman is also responsible for the viral croqueta cake, a vanilla cake lined with savory croquetas. It inspired both fear and awe throughout the city.

Why go? Did you hear us when we said croqueta cake?! Fine. If you’re not brave enough for that, maybe the Nutella/cream cheese pastelito is more your speed.

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Chez Bon Bon
Restaurants, Bakery

Chez Bon Bon

icon-location-pin Miami Beach

What is it? Find this upscale patisserie in the bougie lobby of the Fontainebleau. Whether you’re on vacation or just pretending, you can indulge in gourmet chocolates, specialty cakes and pastries almost too pretty to eat.

Why go? Everything at the Fontainebleau either looks pretty or tastes good. Here, you can find both in one place.

Still hungry?

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