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

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

Bertol Brecht: The Moose Lodge of Havana (in a good way)

Ever been in a Moose Lodge? No? Well if you had, you’d know what to expect at Bertolt Brecht. Originally a synagogue, it was donated to the Cuban government after the revolution. Since then, it’s been used as a cafe and community center, the basement of which serves as a live music venue. Like all government-run music venues in Havana, it’s a five CUC cover for foreigners … Continue reading Bertol Brecht: The Moose Lodge of Havana (in a good way)

El Concinero: A Great Rooftop, Right Next to FAC

Nice restaurant with an excellent rooftop bar. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation, they get pretty packed. If you’re just looking for drinks, head up to the rooftop and take the spiral staircase up to the bar in the old chimney (you read that right). No reservation required–but no food either. The food is quite good, though the menu is very similar to … Continue reading El Concinero: A Great Rooftop, Right Next to FAC