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

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)

La Guarida: The Best, the Most Famous…and the Most Expensive

One of the most famous and most expensive restaurants in Havana, La Guarida does not disappoint. The food is always fantastic, and at $15-20 a plate, it better be. The famous 1993 Cuban movie Fresa y Chocolate filmed in the building back before it was converted into a restaurant (one of the characters actually calls his apartment “la guarida”–or, the hideout), and it still feels like a … Continue reading La Guarida: The Best, the Most Famous…and the Most Expensive

Lamparilla 361: Nightlight in Old Havana

No, that title’s not a typo–although Lamparilla 361 isn’t a bad nightlife spot, its name literally translates to “night light” and is also the restaurant’s address. At $10 a plate, this place is expensive for Havana, but the food is actually pretty great, and on par with some of the better restaurants in Havana. The grilled vegetables are surprisingly good, as are most of the … Continue reading Lamparilla 361: Nightlight in Old Havana

El Chanchullero: Best Bar for a Paleo Diet

Ok this place must be in every hip guidebook because there is always a line. But it’s worth the wait. Food is reliably good and you generally get your protein served with sautéed veggies on a bed of greens and tomatoes, with some rolls on the side, which is all pretty unusual for Cuba. If you’re eating paleo, this is the place for you. The … Continue reading El Chanchullero: Best Bar for a Paleo Diet