Depending on the hotel you may be staying at, dining there could get pricey. At the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown it's not cheap. So, venturing out to have breakfast would save me a few bucks. Literally, across the street is Clos Bistro & Cafe. I enjoyed a quiche with salad and a cup of latte for under $8. The slice of quiche is huge (in my opinion) so I asked for 1/2 a slice. The cafe must be open through the evening because they also sold wine. The coffee was very good and the quiche was so so. I have had better but it wasn't bad. Next time, I may try something else. They had a variety of pastries, a scrambled egg special and empanadas.
Pinocchio is a tiny but good coffee place run by a family from Tuscany right on Ocean Drive. it's a cosy rather than a trendy place - and it's named after Collodi's "Pinocchio"... which by the way every small kid should read. You can find extracts (in Italian) written on the cafe walls.
Favorite Dish: We had just an espresso coffee and a really good brownie - but the place also serves delicious sandwiches, salads, bruschettes, pizzas, and other italian specialities.
A small dark hole-in-the-wall bakers that you might miss (or dismiss) but which served delicious italian croissants, capuccinos, sandwiches and deli-food. What you'll get is true home-made food, not your usual industrial surrogate.
Favorite Dish: Owned by the italian Massimiliano Guerri - a Miami resident for over a decade - serves heavenly chocolate and cream croissants... the sort of yummy stuff that's hard to find in italy these days. As for sandwiches, try the "schiacciata": really good.
This shop makes me feel like I'm in Paris! The atmosphere is so quaint, it is a site to behold!! The cakes are a pleasure to the eyes and the taste buds. When we have ordered special cakes, the chefs make each one more amazing than the last. My favorite is the apricot tart. My husband is partial to the chocolate mousse. Or, maybe we like the individual desserts the best, it's hard to choose.
Great salads, inventive sandwiches, and excellent soups.
If you haven't tried this bakery, you are missing out. It is the best we have found. My husband is a pretty picky man. At The French Bakery he never fails to find something he loves.
Favorite Dish: Apricot tart with crusty almonds is sublime so is the chocolate mousse not too sweet perfect in texture.
Any Latin American restaurant, Cuban bakery and even some food spots such as 7-11, Foodspot, etc.
Best of all, it is usually the cheapest way to breakfast! - Though fatning - Oh hell, you're on vacation!
Favorite Dish: If you're wanting a Cuban style breakfast you must try the traditional "Pastelitos" (Pahs - Teh - Lee - Toes) and Cafe con Leche. -
Pastelitos are flaky pastries filled with either meat or fruit jams/cheese or a combination thereof.
Most popular are the ground beef pastelitos which is a small helping of Picadillo (see Cuban Food tips) or Chicken.
They are often accompanied by a sweet "Pastelito de Guayaba" (Guava fruit filled pastry), Guayaba con queso (Guava and cream cheese) and my personal favorite, "Pastelito de CoCo", warm coconut filled pastry.
All of this is washed down with the traditional Cafe Con Leche which is frothy hot milk with a shot of expresso!
Another cuban breakfast staple are Cuban Tostadas: Cuban bread which is buttered / wrapped in paper and toasted on an Iron press which results in a wonderfully hot, moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside piece of toast that can be dipped into the Cafe con Leche and enjoyed before your obligatory sweet fruit pastry.
Cubans are big into mixing flavors so, sweet and salty are good accompanyments meant to be enjoyed together.