Coffee is engrained in Cuban culture, so let one of the experts take care of your daily brew. The Cuban-style coffee is different, and much more delicious, from your standard cup of joe because sugar is added directly to the espresso while brewing the coffee. While a Cuban coffee is a traditionally a mid-afternoon custom, Miami offers this beverage morning, day, or night.
Estefan Kitchen, located directly in the Miami Design District, is the first of its kind in that area of the city. Wholly inspired by family recipes of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the restaurant screams authentic and sophistication. Stop by and try their Café Cubano to get an idea of what a real Cuban coffee should taste like. You can stay for a meal and some live music, too. 140 NE 39th St., Miami, 786-843-3880
Islas Canarias offers a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu at their restaurant. The restaurant also serves as a bakery. So grab a sweet treat and test out their Café Cubano. They make a killer Cappuccino, so test that one out, too. 3804 SW 137th Ave., Miami, 305-559-7110
Ever wonder what a real Cuban café looks like? Look no further. Las Olas Café boasts an extensive coffee menu, but the best part is the place is Cuban through and through. Order your coffee at the outside pickup window or head inside to pair your beverage with a Cuban sandwich, pastry, or empanada. 644 6th St., Miami Beach, 305-534-9333
Located in the Riviera South Beach, Mas Cuba Café proudly displays mosaic tiles imported directly from Cuba. Head in for a classic Cuban meal and you won’t be disappointed. Any item from the breakfast menu paired with your choice of one of their many coffees will put you right in the center of Havana in the 1950s. For something unique, try the Moreno Style Iced Cuban Coffee with soy milk and agave. 318 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-538-7444
Versailles boasts that they are “the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant,” so pop in and test their theory. Put their cappuccino, café con leche, or espresso to the test. Feel free to browse their extensive menu, have some dinner, and pair dessert with a Café Cubano. 3555 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-444-0240
Tinta y Café is a must for anyone on the hunt for a Cuban coffee in Miami. The small café has a walk-up window for anyone in a hurry, but those with time on their hands, make sure to check out the Havana vibe inside. For the hungry visitor, the croquetas, empanadas and Cuban sandwiches are completely authentic—and delicious. 1315 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-285-0101
While Pasion del Cielo serves coffee from all over the world, they are a must stop for a Cuban coffee in Miami. Try the Carmel Macchiato brewed with a Cuban bean. Pair it with a tasty pastry for a great start to your day. 8888 SW 136th St., Miami, 305-256-0954