The Best Pies in Miami for the Holidays (or Anytime, Really)
You could spend 24 hours mixing, rolling, assembling and baking the perfect pie… or you could let the pros take care of your holiday—and everyday—dessert needs. From good ol’ key lime and rustic pumpkin to vegan banana chocolate chip and sprinkle sundae (yes, in pie form), these eight spots will satisfy your sweet cravings this Thanksgiving and beyond. Here are the best pies in Miami for the holidays (or, um, any day).
1. Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Ice cream with pie is a good idea. Ice cream in pie is a great idea. Owned by Derek Kaplan, a Miami firefighter turned pie maker, this bakeshop—which includes two locations, Wynwood and Coconut Grove—turns out flavors like the aforementioned sundae pie, coconut custard, key lime and the cult-favorite dark salted caramel. Good luck trying to trick your guests into thinking you made it yourself.
Multiple locations; firemandereks.com
2. Contenti Cupcakes
Don’t let the name fool you—there’s much more to be had at this mobile treats trailer than just cupcakes. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find buttery, flaky pie crusts filled with blueberries, grapes, strawberries and whatever other fruits are in season. One bite of the caramel apple or cherry will instantly put you in a holiday mood. Just make sure to place your order at least 72 hours in advance.
Roving location; 786-395-1787 or contenticupcakes.tumblr.com/pies
3. Zak the Baker
Zak the Baker is filled with things we love: sourdough breads, chocolate babkas, croissants and cookies. Not to be overlooked is the bakery’s selection of pies, including a perfectly sweet strawberry rhubarb, chocolate caramel and traditional apple. We’ll take one of each, please.
295 NW 26th St., Miami; 786-294-0876 or zakthebaker.com
4. Rosetta Bakery
You’re probably already familiar with this Italian café chain, whose baked goods keep us coming back year-round (think strawberry tiramisu and Nutella bomboloni). Rosetta’s personal pies are like the Italian counterpart to your favorite American pies. Filled with chocolate or lemon cream and topped with every fresh berry imaginable, these sugar-dusted beauties are guaranteed to make you the most popular dinner host.
Multiple locations; rosettabakery.com
5. Madruga Bakery
At Madruga Bakery, Zak the Baker vet Naomi Harris creates about a dozen different breads along with beautifully designed pastries and cakes. We’re obsessed with her pies, though, especially the rum-scented pecan, browned butter pumpkin and oat streusel apple.
1430 S. Dixie Hwy. #117, Coral Gables; 305-262-6130 or madrugabakery.com
6. Joe’s Stone Crab
For more than a hundred years, this legendary South Beach restaurant has been the definitive place to feast on massive crustaceans served family-style. But no meal here is complete without a slice of the famous key lime pie, which is made fresh daily. The best part? You can get an entire pie to go. Family dinners will never be the same.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365 or joesstonecrab.com
7. Bunnie Cakes
These drool-worthy treats are—wait for it—100 percent vegan. The bright-pink bakeshop in Doral has been turning out vegan treats since before it was cool. There are dozens of cake, cupcake and pie flavors—like guava, key lime and banana chocolate chip—that could easily go head-to-head with their butter-laden counterparts and still end up on top.
8450 NW 53rd St., Miami; 786-577-3243 or bunniecakes.com
Besides serving expert-level breakfast, lunch and brunch fare, pastry mastermind Antonio Bachour specializes in downright gorgeous and delicious pastries, including pies. With outposts in Doral, Miami Beach and Coral Gables, the sweets selection is almost too pretty to eat. Yeah, your dessert dreams just came true here.
Various locations; antoniobachour.com
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