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

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

Callejon de Hamel: A Little Slice of Weirdness

Looking for something unusual? Off-kilter? Unique? You came to the right place. The Callejon de Hamel is a little slice of weirdness in an otherwise unremarkable part of western Centro Habana. A small street not to far from the Malecon, the Callejon sports an eclectic mix of murals, sculptures, and other public art pieces. It seems like every city has something like this nowadays. The … Continue reading Callejon de Hamel: A Little Slice of Weirdness

Diablo Tun Tun: The Best Thursday Evening in Havana

Better than the Casa de la Musica downstairs, Diablo Tun Tun offers a kickass (and packed) party every Thursday from 7-9. Get there by 6 to get a decent spot. The music is always fun and the crowd is mostly Cuban regulars. Drinks are cheap, too–we recommend buying a bottle of rum for 5 CUC and a few cans of soda and sharing among friends, … Continue reading Diablo Tun Tun: The Best Thursday Evening in Havana

O’Reilly 304: Great All-Around (And Not an Irish Bar)

A bar-restaurant that’s known for its fancy gin and tonics, with delicious food too. You can get in during the day with a moderate wait, but we definitely recommend calling ahead for dinner. The cocktails are big, delicious, and strong–just the way we like them. If you can’t get in, try going across the street to El Del Frente–it’s a newer restaurant by the same … Continue reading O’Reilly 304: Great All-Around (And Not an Irish Bar)

Roma: Very Cool, Very Pretentious

Sitting atop a six story building in Old Havana is one of the cities hippest bars. To get to in, you first have to get past the bouncer (combination of ducking and juking is recommended) and hop in the elevator, where a bell-hop will take up up a turn-of-the-century, open-cage lift to the very top floor. Think, like, Tower of Terror. Bar Roma is easily … Continue reading Roma: Very Cool, Very Pretentious