Raise your hand if the highlight of your vacation is where you eat. It's ok, my hand is raised right now too. If you are traveling to Cuba on your next vacation, the food won't let you down. The restaurants in Havana are really good and you'll find a ton of variety. Below are all the restaurants I recommend you try during your next trip to Havana.
One of the newest restaurants in Havana, exploding on the scene of privately owned restaurants. Neon signs greet you and the inside has a great hipster vibe that made me feel as if I was back in Brooklyn. The best surprise? The food was surprisingly authentic. I highly recommend the ceviche, probably the best I’ve ever had. Tapas are between $2-12.
Like many restaurants in Havana, the name is also the address. Not very creative, but the food here is. And the drinks are even better. It's a nice stop if you are looking for something different than typical Cuban fare. The inside, split between two level, has a surprisingly modern vibe and makes great use of the small space. Their house-made salsa was such a hit we bought a jar to bring back with us to the states.
While the food is nothing to write home about the atmosphere is captivating inside the small corner restaurant. It was our favorite place in the morning grab a coffee and fresh juice of the day. Or at night to grab a mojito or a flan – ok usually a flan. Extremely cheap (nothing over $7) and reliable.
Probably the most popular restaurant in Havana, this beautiful Paladar (privately owned restaurant) is located on the top floor of a gorgeous - but crumbling - building. It has a rich history, and was a filming location for the movie fresa y chocolate. The food is one of the best meals you will have. Don’t expect to get in without a reservation.
A completely open air rooftop restaurant in Vedado that is situated next to the Fabrica del Arte Cubano. If you are in visiting the area I highly recommend it but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it. Mains between $5-15
Ah, the famous La Floridita. Home of the daiquiri and made even more famous by Hemingway, who supposedly loved hanging out here. They even have a statue of him in the corner. If you are going on any sort of Hemingway tour you will undoubtedly come here. If there are no Hemingway tours in your future stick your head in and decide for yourself if the crowds are worth a drink. We lucked into a table in the corner (after our second try) and enjoyed an hour sipping a (hard to get) daiquiri while people watching.
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