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The Best Cuban Food Spots in Key West


The Best Cuban Food Spots in Key West

Key West is only 105 miles from Havana, Cuba. To put that in perspective, a flight to from Key West International Airport to Cuba would take less than 15 minutes. With that level of proximity, it’s no surprise that some really authentic Cuban food has made its way to Key West to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Here are our picks for some of the best places to visit if you want to get your Cuban eats on in Key West.


First of all, if you’re looking for cubano sandwiches, we wrote a whole blog post on how an authentic one is made and the best places to get ‘em (including, among others, Kim’s Kuban, Five Brothers, and Ana’s Cuban Cafe). But here are some other noteworthy places to check out.


For the Coffee: Cuban Coffee Queen

Photo // Destin Duchess

This tiny spot is the perfect place to get a cortadito (like an espresso, but a little more er… Cuban). The Cuban pan bread is also very tasty. Their coffee cups say “Drink more Cuban coffee and do more stupid things faster.” You may choose to follow this advice or disregard it.


For the Sandwiches: Five Brothers

Photo // Glenna Rose Goes

It made our list of the best places to get a cubano, but it also offers many other sandwiches that are absolutely delicious, including breakfast sandwiches. While at this small grocery (there’s virtually no seating, so you have to do takeaway), you can also stock up on other must-haves like their proprietary espresso bean blend.


For a Sit-down Cuban Dinner: El Siboney

Photo // A Taste of Koko

This restaurant sports a casual vibe in the heart of Old Town, but try their ropa vieja and tell us it’s not some of the best you’ve had outside of Havana! The roasted pork is also on the must-try list.


For the Vibe: Frita’s

Photo// TripAdvisor Fridas

Conveniently located close to Hemingway House, this place is exactly what you’d picture an authentic Cuban restaurant looking like. For those looking to try something a little different, the Cuban Wreck sandwich takes a new spin on an old classic by dressing up a traditional cubano roast pork with grilled onions, au jus, and horseradish.

Getting hungry for Cuban food as you’re reading this? Book your trip, and then get in touch with us to book a food tour while you’re down here!