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Food and restaurants in Havana

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Is a typical restaurant-bar of Havana. It is a famous tourist destination because of the personalities which have patronized it: Salvador Allende, the poet Pablo Neruda, the artist Josignacio and many others. La Bodeguita lays claim to being the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942, although this is disputed. The rooms are full of curious objects, frames, photos, as well as the walls covered by signatures of famous or unknown customers, recounting the island's past.”
  • 208 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Ernest Hemingway lived outside Havana for twenty years, and naturally got much of the inspiration for his novels from the city—more specifically, from its bars. El Floridita, Dos Hermanos and La Bodeguita del Medio were Hemingway’s favorite bars when he lived there, and today they can be visited just like any other bar. Watch out though, as a few of them have turned into tourist traps. La Bodeguita was my favorite Hemingway-approved watering hole and still retains much of the subdued, authentic atmosphere you’d expect Hemingway probably loved. They have live salsa music, and also make a mean mojito, which never hurts.”
  • 222 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“One of Cuba’s oldest and most popular paladares frequented often by celebrities and diplomats. Early reservations recommended. Concordia. No. 418 | Gervasio y Escobar, Havana (7-866-9047) ”
  • 185 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“This seaside boardwalk sits on the edge of Old Havana and El Vadado neighborhoods with access to many bars, restuarants, and ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Very few restaurants in Havana compete with this one in relation to quality and price”
  • 131 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“This is one of the great successes on the scene of Cuban cuisine, the main restaurant has a great outdoor terrace where you can dine beneath the stars. On the third floor, there is an open-air dining area with a bar for great cocktails and a tapas-style menu. It offers inspiring, fresh organic food.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Tucked into the far end of a cobbled alley leading off the Plaza de La Cathedral this homely restaurant serves simple Cuban food with reasonable prices, and is always full! Callejón del Chorro e/ San Ignacio y Final, Plaza de la Catedral, Habana Vieja (7-801-3332) ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Known as one of the hottest cabaret shows in the world, the Tropicana Nightclub Show is a world-famous spectacle set in a lush, tropical open-air venue that bursts with colorful lights, glitter, and glam. Salsa-charged and sensual, it’s a must-do activity during any trip to Havana Cuba. This is one of the top things most tourists want to do in Havana. Performers’ gaudy, feathered costumes are spectacles in and of themselves, but it’s the show as a whole that leaves you floored. Tickets are a bit pricey -— roughly $85 USD per person -— but include a welcome drink and cigar. We had a great night there!”
  • 100 locals recommend

Cafes

Tobacconist
“It's called Museum of Chocolate, but really it's a cafeteria where you can sit and have anything chocolate-related. They make their own chocolates next door - the queue is absolutely worth it!! (Try the chocolate that has coffee cream in it!)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Don’t judge a book by its cover – the antique elevator of this ramshackle building takes you up to a stylish modernist dining room on the fourth floor.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Great live music, jazz and traditional Cuban sound every afternoon and evening. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Enjoy a coffee and cake with a difference at Cafe Arcangel. The tables are all made from old Singer sewing machine treadles, Charlie Chaplin movies run on a centrally placed (but non-invasive) TV and there's an in-house cat called Buona Fortuna ('good luck').”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“This spot is an escape hatch from Old Havana’s sightseeing crowds and popular meeting place for Cuban creative types. Healthy options on the Mediterranean-influenced menu are a breath of fresh air – caponata, hummus with crudités, antipasti and salads – or linger with a book over a rum-spiked coffee or jazzy G&T (garnishes include peppercorns and rosemary).”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Hidden in the bowels of Edificio Focsa, this TV-themed cafe is a funky dinner/performance venue lauded by those in the know for its cheap food and hilarious comedy nights. If you're willing to brave the frigid air-con and rather foreboding underground entry tunnel, head here for fresh burgers, healthy salad, pasta and chicken cordon bleu.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Best Daiquiris in town, very nice deals on food and a long menu, the kind of place that you may go everyday while in Cuba. Im a local, I go there a couple of times every month.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Beautiful place, essential to see its authentic decoration, have good breakfasts...”
  • 5 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Puede desayunar, degustar dulces finos y tomar un buen café en el Arca de Noe (ubicado al lado del edificio, Ave. 23 # 660)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
“Goed (volkoren)brood en glutenvrij, heerlijk pizza's en eerlijke gerechten (slow cooking) tegen een schappelijke prijs. Voormalige topkok Alberto Gonzalez doet hier zijn ding.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 2 locals recommend
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