Sloppy Joe’s: Touristy but Not Bad

This place actually isn’t terrible, especially for a tourist joint. The bar was a famous Hemmingway haunt back in the 50’s, but was closed for decades before being reopened/reconstructed a few years ago—the drinks are just a little overpriced and the food isn’t the worst. Plus it’s usually pretty vacant, so you don’t need to wait in line. If you’re a big group looking for … Continue reading Sloppy Joe’s: Touristy but Not Bad

That Place Across from the Hotel Nacional

Yeah, that one. We don’t know the name because it doesn’t have one. But it’s one of our favorites for a quick breakfast or lunch, and right across the street from the Hotel Nacional. If you’re willing to stand in an unconditioned closet while rubbing elbows with taxi driver, this is the place for you. Breakfast is $1 and lunch is $2 and they’re both … Continue reading That Place Across from the Hotel Nacional

Club SU Miramar: Shockingly Authentic* Korean Food

Did you come to Cuba for the Korean food? No? But that photo looks pretty good right? Well if you’re looking for some of the best international cuisine in Cuba (that isn’t Italian or Spanish), check this place out. It’s expensive and the name is a little weird, but it’s worth the price if you have a hankering for a bowl of bulgogi. *the claim … Continue reading Club SU Miramar: Shockingly Authentic* Korean Food

Sarao’s Bar: Little Miami (for better or worse)

You’ve probably heard of Little Havana, the area populated by Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans in Miami, FL. Well Sarao’s is Havana’s take on little Miami–but just one bar. It’s kind of somewhere between an ok lough and a mediocre club. If that doesn’t really sounds like your cup of rum, you’re not along. It’s not exactly where we spend our time. It’s a little … Continue reading Sarao’s Bar: Little Miami (for better or worse)

Cafe Laurent: An Overlooked Gem Overlooking the City

Though perhaps not as hip or popular as restaurants like El Cocinero or La Guarida, Cafe Laurent certainly offers consistently delicious food on par with it’s more well-known contemporaries. Located atop a residential building just a few blocks from the Hotel Nacional, the restaurant a menu that’s big on taste and never lets down on quality. Maybe they have to try harder because they lack the … Continue reading Cafe Laurent: An Overlooked Gem Overlooking the City

El Cafe: Great, and Not Just for Cuba

Calling it now: this place has the best sandwiches in Havana. Homemade sourdough bread, fresh veggies, great sauces, and a BLT with REAL BACON. And the space is beautiful. With the big windows, relaxed atmosphere and coffee shop vibe, you’ll probably want to stay and relax or get a little work done–though there will probably be someone waiting in line for your table. They also … Continue reading El Cafe: Great, and Not Just for Cuba

La Casa Del Habano, Miramar: Best Cigar Shop in Havana

Ok, you’re in Havana and you want to buy cigars. But you don’t actually know anything about cigars. We feel you. Step 1: Don’t buy cigars from anyone on the street, they’re jinateros (con artists) and full of shit (both the people and the cigars). Only buy from government-run shops or hotels (though the latter are more expensive). Step 2: Go to the Casa del … Continue reading La Casa Del Habano, Miramar: Best Cigar Shop in Havana