(855) 274-1023 Key West Questions? Call Us Now!

Inside Five Brothers: The Old Key West Corner Store

No visit to Key West is complete without a stop at the Five Brothers corner store for a Cuban café con leche and maybe a mixto sandwich as well. This classic little neighborhood grocery occupies a vintage building at Southard and Grinnell (930 Southard St.) in the heart of town, and locals and tourists alike have been dropping in for 23 years to grab coffees, sandwiches or lunch plates, groceries and sundries, and hand-rolled Cuban seed cigars. People drop by Five Brothers to catch up on town gossip and soak up the atmosphere as their Key West neighbors chat in Spanish and grab cups of the strong, sweet coffee brewed fresh from the 24 pounds of beans the store goes through every day.

A true family operation, Five Brothers is now run by the son of one of the original namesake 5 whose pictures make up the logo for the store. Be prepared to find a line of local working people and visitors when you drop in to sample the creations of owner Heriberto Paez Jr. and his family members. These hometown folks work six days a week to turn out the delicious coffees and authentic Cuban bread sandwiches like egg and cheese, fried grouper, mixed meat, palomilla steak, and roast pork. Besides sandwiches that have earned a solid reputation with everyone from Key West police and firemen, construction and utility crews, to retired millionaires and visiting celebrities, Five Brothers puts on daily lunch plate specials with treats like beef stew, chicken fricassee, picadillo, ropa vieja, and empanadas.

Prices are reasonable and with no tables, everything is grab and go, so this is the perfect place to pick up a picnic snack and head over to Mallory Square, down to the waterfront, or into the nearby historic cemetery. I find that the Cuban mix sandwiches do live up to their reputation as some of the best around, and the Fried Grouper and BBQ Pork sandwiches are also local favorites. And because this store caters to everyone, there’s even a veggie burger that is pretty good. The food and coffee are well worth the wait if you happen to catch the line during the morning or lunch rush.

After placing your order, take a minute to browse the eclectic selection of groceries and dry goods that capture the Cuban flavor of Key West with items like votive candles, chorizo, domino sets, spices, guava paste, beans and rice, violet cologne, and wines from the screw-top to the fine. Or just stand in line and eavesdrop on the local gossip because this place is a real crossroads of island society. Like many others, you will probably find yourself returning multiple times because each visit is an interesting treat that goes beyond the great-tasting coffee and lunch. However, if you want to catch lunch by the pool or in your room, Five Brothers delivers from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Enjoy the Cuban/Key West cross-cultural mix in the neighborhoods of Old Town with a stop at Five Brothers. Chances are you will put this little corner store on your must-visit list for every trip you make to the island.

 

Read More
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.

    Key West 8-Seater Gas Powered Golf Cart Rental

    In Key West for a wedding or other family event? Got a large group of cruise ship friends who want to see all of the...
    Read More

     Starting at 3 hours  Instant Confirmation
    $200
    $195
    Details
    $200
    $195
    Details
  • Key West Snuba® (No Dive Certification Required)

    If you want to go beyond snorkeling and experience the world's underwater beauty in the safest and easiest way possible, try Snuba®!...
    Read More

     3 hours  Instant Confirmation
    from
    $145
    Details
    from
    $145
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.

    Key West 4-Seater Gas Powered Golf Cart Rental

    Considering a golf cart rental in Key West? Four adults can zip around the island in style on a 4-seater gas-powered EZGO golf cart, and...
    Read More

     Starting at 3 hours  Instant Confirmation
    $99
    $69
    Details
    $99
    $69
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.

    Key West 6 Seater Gas Powered Golf Cart Rental

    Need a Key West golf cart rental that can get a group of six around the island in fun style? A 6-seater gas-engine EZGO Express...
    Read More

     Starting at 3 hours  Instant Confirmation
    $175
    $169
    Details
    $175
    $169
    Details
  • Key West Party Boat Fishing Charter

    Our Key West Party Boat Fishing Charter is the best option for an affordable day on the water with friends, family. Enjoy the best Key...
    Read More

     6 Hours (approx.)  Instant Confirmation
    Best Rate
    $66.95
    Details
    Best Rate
    $66.95
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.
    Top10

    Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel

    Board the Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Cruise Key West for a journey to observe the beauty of Key West dolphins....
    Read More

     3.5 Hours (approx.) Hotel pickup offered  Instant Confirmation
    $89
    $86.69
    Details
    $89
    $86.69
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.
    Top10

    Key West Backcountry Safari

    Spend an unforgettable day sailing emerald waters, kayaking mangrove-shaded channels and snorkeling coral gardens in an unspoiled marine wilderness....
    Read More

     6.5 or 4.5 hours (approx.)  Instant Confirmation
    $120
    $115
    Details
    $120
    $115
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.
    Top10

    Key West Sail, Snorkel, Kayak with Sunset Option

    Enjoy an unforgettable morning or afternoon of sailing, kayaking and snorkeling in the pristine marine wilderness of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge....
    Read More

     4.5 or 6.5 hours (approx.)  Instant Confirmation
    $99
    $90
    Details
    $99
    $90
    Details
  • Key West Dolphin Snorkel Safari

    Indulge your senses as you pass over natural sands through the blue waters of Key West into the playgrounds of wild dolphins on Dolphin Snorkel...
    Read More

     3 Hours (approx.)  Instant Confirmation
    Best Rate
    $99
    Details
    Best Rate
    $99
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.
    Top10

    Key West Split Fishing Charter

    On a Key West Split Fishing Charter, you save by dividing the charter cost between several people. Book your Key West split-charter fishing trip now...
    Read More

     4, 6 or 8 Hours
    $350
    $200
    Details
    $350
    $200
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.
    Top10

    Key West Deep Sea Fishing Charter

    Experience the thrill of a Key West deep sea fishing adventure on a hunt for trophy game fish with your own Key West fishing charter...
    Read More

     4, 6 or 8 Hours
    $1,000
    $900
    Details
    $1,000
    $900
    Details
  • Badge of Excellence Badge of Excellence This experience is highly rated by travelers and has met our top quality standards.
    Top10

    Miami to Key West Day Trip with Snorkeling

    Take a luxury coach tour from Miami to Key West then cruise out on the emerald waters to enjoy a Key West snorkeling trip on...
    Read More

     6 Hours in Key West Hotel pickup offered  Instant Confirmation
    $141
    $119
    Details
    $141
    $119
    Details