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Best Restaurants In Havana | Ultimate Dining Guide Havana Cuba (2024)

There is a myriad of restaurants of all categories and standards in Havana, from hole-in-the-wall to luxurious rooftops or venerable mansions. Here are all the best restaurants in Havana gathered in one place!

Restaurants in Havana, Cuba have a tendency to stay open most of the day’s 24 hours and transform themselves after the time of day and the moods of the customers. 

Some places open for an early breakfast; then they head into lunchtime with more dishes on the menu and higher music.

Later, they transform into a dinner place during the afternoon with soft music and a great ambiance into the evening! 

Towards the end of the night, most restaurants are more like bars that serve food as well. Kitchens close somewhere between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. 

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Quick Facts Havana!

Afternoon life on Malecon in Havana, Cuba
Afternoon life on Malecon in Havana Cuba

The capital of Cuba, Havana, or La Habana, was founded just over 500 years ago and has a population today of around two million!

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The city is a noisy, busy conglomerate of beautiful colonial-style houses, narrow streets, wide avenues, music, bars, rubble, and art.

There are traces of the colonial era everywhere, as well as US influence, Soviet support, and the ever-present revolution.

Read all the way to the bottom to learn a little bit more about Havana city districts!

So, What Are The Best Restaurants In Havana Cuba?

Here is the overview of the best restaurants in Havana serving you from early lunchtime and to late-night dinners, organized by the city districts of Havana.

Best Restaurants In Old Havana

Among the Old Havana restaurant scene, La Habana Vieja, you find a lot of paladares scattered around the narrow streets.

A paladar is basically a restaurant; the difference is that a paladar is a private initiative, a word used to describe family-run private restaurants (as opposed to government-run restaurants) in Cuba.

Some paladares are highly renowned and can be looked up online with a homepage, on Tripadvisor, or other review services, while others are completely offline. 

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Paladar Mojito Mojito

Mojoto Mojito is one of the best restaurants in Havana Old City, very close to Plaza Vieja, and the touristy area. Therefore, the prices are also a bit on the high side!
Mojito Mojito

Mojito Mojito is a super cozy place at the bottom of Calle Muralla, just a stone through from the Plaza Vieja.

It is, needless to say, famous for its mojitos but also has a large drink menu apart from that. 

The food menu at Mojito Mojito is varied, from Cuban traditional dishes to pasta and pizza and classic European meals like filet mignon. 

The service is super attentive, the staff speaks English, and they are flexible for situations when you unexpectedly have to run early and make a doggie bag for you! 

During our visit, there was a little band playing to entertain in-house, which can be a “love” or “hate” thing for some people. It is kind of charming but makes your own conversation a bit challenging. 

Prices are not the cheapest, I would say $$$($). This is in the hardcore tourist area of Old Havana. 

Filet mignon: 1000 CUP/$40
Shrimp in garlic: 500 CUP/$20

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Paladar El Dandy In the heart of Havana Old City in Calle Teniente Rey

If not one of the best Cuban restaurants in Havana, this is one of my absolute favorites (and close to my house). El Dandy serves amazing tapas, always super chill music, and has an incredible ambiance on the corner of Teniente Rey and Villegas.
El Dandy with an open view of Calle Villegas

Finally, as place after place has reopened in Havana after the Cuban society started easing up on the COVID restrictions in November 2021, one of my favorite places with delicious food and ambiance has opened its doors to seated guests again!

El Dandy, on the corner of Teniente Rey and Villegas in Parque Cristo, is back in business! Serving great drinks, wine, and beer, and for the time being, they have a menu of tacos & pasta. 

The locale of El Dandy in La Havana Vieja is not at all big, but it is super charming and open (the streets are almost inside).

They always play great chill music for your lunch or dinner here. Or just a drink in the bar, if that is what you need.

My fabourite neighborhood tapas bar, El Dandy, is for me one of the best Havana restaurants any time! Maybe because it is close to my house, buy they have an incredible atmosphere, nice suave music, and GREAT service and tapas!
El Dandy in Parque Cristo

El Dandy opens at 8 a.m. to start serving you breakfast and coffee and closes at midnight after the last guest has had the last mojito! 

Tacos 550 CUP/$20
A glass of wine 150 CUP/$6

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Paladar 5 Sentidos In Old Havana

One of the most elegant and best restaurants in Havana Old City is the 6 Sentidos!
The bar area in 5 Sentidos

On the corner of the streets Compostela and San Juan de Dios, behind large glass windows, is a chic place called 5 Sentidos.

This is the kind of place where the staff is “uniformed”, the music is suave, there are white tablecloths on the tables, and the wine is served in large elegant glasses.

The menu is a combination of traditional Cuban food and International dishes, and the presentation and quality are excellent.

Also, the service is superb.

Tuna salad with tomatoes, at a point in time when tomatoes arer nowhere to be found in Havana!
Tuna salad starter at 5 Sentidos

5 Sentidos is great for a special date.

The ambiance definitely has a more high-end feel to it that makes you feel that there is a dress code (there probably is), and the food, attention, and atmosphere are equivalent.

I really like this place!

Paladar Antojos

Close to the harbor of Havana in a tiny alley you find one of the best restaurants in Havana for quiet outside seating and peoplewatching! And of course food, from a late breakfast to dinner in the evenings, the lighted outside ambiance here is really nice.

Antojos is a laid-back paladar in a tiny little alley at the end of Callejon Espada between Cuarteles and Chacon in Old Havana and is an inside and outside seating kind of place. 

You can enjoy your meal under red parasols in the quiet street, or inside in the charming venue that has a lot of wooden detail and decor. 

Have a chicken sandwich for lunch outside while the street is still calm in the late morning.

The food and the service are great, and rumor has it that Antojos is also great for early or late dinners! 

Breakfast sandwich 250 CUP/$10
Coffee & juice 200 CUP/$8

Also read: Where to stay in Havana? Best Hotels, Neighborhoods, And Areas

Paladar Kilometro Zero

The Tapas Bar Kilometro Zero on top of Old Havana is one of the best restaurants in Havana for tapas (obviously), and one of my favorites: the ropa vieja (which actually means
Kilometro Zero

Paladar Kilometro Zero is a tapas bar on the corner of Teniente Rey y Avenida Belgica in Old Havana.

It opens super early at 8 am and stays open into the night, so this is one of the places that change ambiance throughout the day. 

Two of the four walls of Km Zero have huge open doors to the buzzing life on the street outside.

The interior inside is a busy fiesta of colors with wall paintings, decorations in the ceiling, and walls, a typical Cuban mixture of strong impressions for all senses.  

This includes the food; Km Zero has great breakfasts, a super tasty tapas menu for late afternoons and evenings, and often live music into the night.

I absolutely LOVE the tiny chicken tacos and the ceviche – demasiado rico

Taco with chicken & glass of wine 600 CUP/$25

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Paladar D`Next American Diner

Restaurant D`Next on the top of old Havana is one of the best restaurants in Havana for fast-food similar meals. The consept is American Diner, and the food and interior reflects that with bright colors and 50s theme.

D`Next is a paladar, a private restaurant that looks exactly like an American diner from the 50ies!

This place also opens early; you can get breakfast here at 9 a.m. – and it stays open late into the evening. 

The menu is more American than Cuban, but it does have a variety of international and Cuban dishes available. 

Super friendly staff and nice atmosphere “despite” the modern fast-food ambiance in the interior! 

Cuban breakfast with eggs and grated cheese, juice & coffee 600 CUP/$25

Paladar El Cafe

One of the best restaurants in Havana for breakfast, lunch or just coffee is El Cafe!
El Cafe

This place is my absolute daytime favorite for breakfast and lunch in Old Havana. El Cafe has great sandwiches, perfect coffee, and always freshly made juices with lots of ice in the heat.

The interior of El Cafe is elegant, with an incredibly high ceiling, light colors, and classic details; it could easily be a coffee shop in any Victorian building somewhere in Europe!

Although not a place that stays open into the small hours, it works well into the afternoon for lunch, so I am putting El Cafe on this list anyway! 

Chicken sandwich 400 CUP/$15, coffee & juice around 100 CUP/$4 each. 

Paladar La Vitrola

La Vitrola on the corner of Plaza Vieja is one of the best quick-stop restaurants for tourists sightseeing around Old Havana.
La Vitrola by Plaza Vieja Old Havana

La Vitrola is a charming, busy, noisy place on the corner of Plaza Vieja in Old Havana.

It is super touristy but still has an eclectic charm with the crowded ceiling ornaments, jukeboxes, and uniformed staff that are very friendly and all speak English. 

They open at 11 a.m. and stay open into the night.

You can be seated inside in the middle of all the decor or outside, where the hustle and bustle of musicians and passers-by keep you on your toes. 

The menu is varied and international, and there is something for everyone here. 

El Floridita Restaurant & Bar

If you could have asked Ernest Hemingway, he would say that El Floridita is the best restaurant in Havana. He was here so much so, that there is a bronze statue of him in the corner of the bar!
El Floridita bar area

Around 200 meters from my house is the Floridita restaurant and bar, a place that I pass almost EVERY day but still had not visited in almost three years! 

El Floridita is probably one of the largest restaurant-tourist attractions in Havana, as it was (one of) Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hangouts.

They even have a full-size statue of him inside, sitting at the bar. 

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El Floridita is divided into two parts, the bar, and the restaurant.

The bar part is where you can hang out along a really long bar, next to Hemingway, or relax in a lounge with a cocktail while a band plays live music in a corner of the room.

The guests are exclusively tourists, yes, but no wonder. The bar is stylish, I conclude. 

The Floridita Restaurant Area
Surprisingly, El Floridita turned out to be one of the best restaurants I have eaten in Havana!

The inner area is where the restaurant is, and that is like a different planet. You take a tiny step up and into the dining hall, which is like a red sinner’s den. 

There is rococo furniture, white tablecloths, deep red carpet covering the floor, large murals painted on the walls, and eclectic art and lamps to top it off.

Not really what I expected, but cool! 

Soup + shrimp main course & one glass of wine 980 CUP/$40

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El Floridita Havana with Hemingway at the bar
El Floridita restaurant and bar, with Ernest Hemingway at the end of the bar!

I decided to have a seafood soup to start (the cheese platter was not available), and a shrimp main course with a glass of white wine. 

Quite surprisingly, the soup was exquisite. And so were the shrimps, with pumpkin, possibly the best shrimps I have had in Havana!

If we were a group of people, I think I would have liked to stay here for a full evening. 

The experience was not at all touristy, and I stand corrected. I definitely recommend you try the restaurant here when you stop by, and not just a drink and a selfie with Ernest! 

La Terraza El El Prado

My shrimp meal on La Terraza by the Prado in Havana
My shrimp meal on La Terraza by the Prado in Havana

Along the venerable Avenida del Prado on the verge between Old and Central Havana (but on the Old Havana side), you find a bit of a hidden jewel called La Terraza!

From the street, there is quite a big entrance to the first-floor restaurant area, but what you don’t see from there is the amazing terrace upstairs!

I don’t know about you, but I simply love rooftop terraces.

There is a stylish inside seating area upstairs as well, but if you don’t mind the temperatures, the tables and seating and view of the Avenida Prado are stunning here – especially at sunset!

Spectacular view from La Terraza over Avenida del Prado
Spectacular view from La Terraza over Avenida del Prado

I had shrimp and grilled vegetables, and a serrano ham and cheese salad, all super tasty!

The ambiance is incredible, and the service is impeccable; I totally recommend you come here at least one night around 6:30 pm!

Price: grilled shrimp with grilled veggies and a sizable salad: 2500 CUP (around $16, currency fluctuating).

Auhentic Cuban Cafe Cristo

In Parque Cristo, on the corner of Calle Teniente Rey and Calle Bernaza, you find Cafe Cristo.

This place is what you might call “authentic“; it has a small entrance with the tired bar just inside, an open window out to the busy street outside.

An 80’s fast-food glass-door refrigerator with a couple of beers or sodas (if they have found some that day) is buzzing in the corner.

There is a kitchen making traditional Cuban dishes, all with the typical Cuban arroz morro (rice with black beans), and previous guests have written greetings all over the walls and ceiling!

Sometimes, there is live music around 1-2 meters away from you.

You can see the chef doing his thing through a hole in the wall in the kitchen, and the staff is pretty relaxed, but nice, and normally has a smile for you.

If you want to sit down, there are a few equally brown tables to choose from, but lots of people (myself included) get takeaway here.

A comida with rice and chicken is 250 CUP (2,5 dollars), and while you wait, you can have a mojito for a dollar and a half; the bartender will whisk it up for you. Pretty affordable prices!

More Paladares In Old Havana

Best Restaurants In Havana Central District

Centro Habana, or the Havana Central District, is an area similar to Old Havana, but the streets are narrower, the buildings more scruffy, and there is more noise, people, dogs, and, well, dirt. 

But there are quite a lot of culinary gems hidden in this area if you want to explore!

This barrio has a lot more Cubans than foreigners walking around, and you will not really spot the super nice bars and restaurants until the night sets over the city.  

Boutique Hotel Malecon 663

Malecon 663 is actually registered as a hostel or even a boutique hotel, but it also has a cafe, restaurant, and bar for non-clients. 

The place is super cool, situated on the Malecon of course, with an uninterrupted view of the Malecon, the Caribbean Sea, and the entrance to the Havana harbor. 

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Malecon663 is one of the cooolest as well as best restaurants in Havana. Located in the Malecon boutique hotel along the malecon boardwalk, it offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
Restaurants Havana Cuba Malecon 663 bar
Restaurants Havana Cuba malecon rooftop bar
Malecon 663

There are seatings on all floors (which are three or four), and from the rooftop terrace, you can enjoy a meal, a drink, AND the glass jacuzzi that is there for guests to enjoy. 

The interior is weird and colorful like the Cuban spirit, and there are details to discover everywhere. It may be smart to book here in advance! 

Address: Malecon 663, price $$-$$$. 

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Paladar Michifu

Mishifu in Centro Havana is one of the best restaurants in Havana city, located in the conglomerate of streets of Central Havana.
Mischifu in Central Havana

In the narrow Centro Habana Street Calle Concordia, there is not a lot of light after the sun goes down.

So the tall open double doors that are the entrance to Paladar Michifu are a bright twinkling contrast to the dark street, inviting you in! 

Just inside the doors is the elegant bar welcoming you for an aperitif to wind down, before you are shown to your table.

The seating areas are super charming, with lots of colorful pillows, comfy sofas, and artsy details. 

Paladar Michifu is a restaurant that is borderline “fine dining”, but has a very chill atmosphere and super decent pricing on large and tasty meals that will keep you full for hours. 

Also read: Best Hotels, Neighborhoods & Areas In Havana!

Hidden in the dark night streets of Central Havana behind a ray of light from a doorway is one of the best restaurants in Havana on the other side of the light! Michifu is amazing, greas service, cool interior, and good food!
Paladar Michifu with strong colors and great ambiance in Centro Havana

The service is great, the staff is ever attentive to your every need, and the ambiance is friendly and social. Make sure to book in advance; this place is very popular!  

Address: Calle Concordia, esquina Escobar, Centro Havana. Pricing $$-$$$, pay in cash only (CUP or Euro/Canadian dollars) 

Paladar La Concordia

Restaurants Havana La Concordia inside with wooden interior and nice lighting at night.

La Concordia is also situated in Calle Concordia for convenience, and the absolute best feature of this place is the rooftop terrace! 

The entrance from street level is not very noticeable, but there is a guy standing in the doorway to welcome you (and clean your hands).

Then, you need to climb two (high) Cuban stories of narrow steps until you reach a cozy restaurant locale with a warm atmosphere. 

Restaurants Havana La Concordia Bar with wooden interior and brick details.
The bar area at La Concordia

Another little ascent and you are on the top floor, a super elegant and airy rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a whole evening, as long as the weather permits! 

The service is really good, and the staff is very attentive, although it is worth mentioning that on this night in January, there were not a lot of guests at La Concordia. 

La Concordia rooftop terrace dining area is one of the best restaurants in Havana, in the Central Havana city district.

We order red wine, which at the moment is not available in glass, NOR in normal bottles – they only have magnum bottles of wine!

For someone who loses at least 50% of the restaurant vibe without wine (beer does not cut it), that is a downside. 

From the menu, you can choose between tapas courses to share or full meals.

We chose tapas, and the meals to share were sizeable, but unfortunately, a bit dry, and not completely warm when they arrived. 

Restaurants Havana La Concordia terraza at night with tables, sofas, and view of the city!
La Concordia in Centro Habana

All in all, the food is no more than ok, the ambiance is superb, the service is very friendly and attentive, and the price is decent. And the view from the rooftop is magic!

Address: Calle Concordia 453, entre Gervasia y Belascoain, Centro Havana. Pricing $$$, pay in cash only. 

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Best Restaurants In Havana Vedado District

Vedado, with its wider avenues and streets, has a more quiet and modern vibe to it than Old Havana.

There are several easy-to-spot paladares and restaurants in Vedado Havana, around the area of Calles (streets) 21 and 23, which is also where you find the Yara Cinema and the famous Coppelia ice cream parlor. 

Below are a few suggestions to give you some options to research if you like. 

Paladar Bone Má In Vedado

Havana restaurant Bone Ma terrace and outdoors seating in Vedado Havana.

Bone Ma is a paladar in a quiet part of Calle 21, hidden on a slightly elevated terrace among large trees providing shadow and a nice airy oasis for your meal.

Also, the staff is super friendly, and the service is impeccable. 

Like many other places, Bone Ma opens rather early and starts serving breakfast before the staff, and the menu changes with the day and turns into a lunch place and then a nice dinner venue in the evening. 

One of the best restaurants in Havana for breakfast and lunch is the Bone Ma in the Vedado.

The menu is varied and offers pasta, salads, and burgers as well as breakfast from all the corners of the world. 

Bone Ma opens at 08:30 a.m., and closes at midnight! 

A nice breakfast with coffee and juice is 400 CUC, or around €15. 

Address: Calle 21 between L and M, price $$/$. 

Havana restaurant Vedado Bone Ma details of the table decorations.
Bone Ma in Vedado

El Loco Loco

Just down the street from the wide majestic stairs up to the grand University of Havana is a tiny little place called El Loco Loco. 

This paladar is on the second floor up a super narrow stairwell in a narrow house, and once on the top of the stairs, there is a small restaurant space with bright colored art everywhere! 

And a tiny little terrace as well with seating for 2×2 tiny people! 

Once seated, you can take in all the details of the place.

Above the stairwell, you will see portraited all the “santos“, the saints of the Yoruba religion, also called Santeria.

The staff was friendly and quick. I had my cervesa and coffee in no time, and the camarones con ajo, shrimp with garlic, were perfect!

Price: decent, $$. 

Havana restaurant el loco loco interior with tall windows with terraces outside, eclectic interior with colorful details, photos and drawings.
havana restaurant el loco loco photo wall close-up photo of drawings and artful mask decorations.
restaurants havana vedado El Loco Loco sign outside
El Loco Loco in the Vedado

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Best Restaurants In Havana For Fine Dining

For an elegant night out, with excellent service, impressive a la carte menus, and the equivalent of candle-lit dinners, there are also fabulous places to have your dinner in Havana. 

Whether you want a romantic date with your partner or just a treat to yourself, these places are highly recommended by former guests from all over the world. 

Paladar La Guarida In Central Havana

Restaurants Havana La Guarida beautiful foyer with elegant chairs, yellow walls, and a lot of photos on the wall.
Inside the foyer at La Guarida

In a building from the beginning of the 20th Century, La Guarida is one of the really fantastic a la carte paladares, privately owned restaurants, in Central Havana. 

Hidden behind a double wooden door from a scruffy street and three stories up, you arrive in an exquisitely elegant lobby kind of area where the staff welcomes you.

Restaurants Havana La Guarida city view at night
The night view from La Guarida

At La Guardia, you can choose to be seated elegantly indoors or, if weather permits, in one of the two large white-clothe romantically lit terraces. 

The indoor part of the restaurant tables is spread out across various rooms like stately dining halls on beautiful art-tiled floors.

At one of the best fine dining restaurants Havana, the interior in La Guarida in Central Havana is excuisite.

The glass design in the gorgeously crafted wooden doors to the balconies is spotless, and details all over the interior are impressive.

The two top floors both have large terrace areas with elegant dining tables and lighting, providing a stunning night view of the city and live music from time to time. 

Service from start to finish is superb, and when you finish your meal, you can move to the little top-floor terrace bar that has framed the view of the city within a huge wooden frame! 

the amazing La Guardia rooftop bar is connedted to La Guarida restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Havana for fine dining.
The rooftop bar of La Guarida

At La Guarida, you really want to stay for the whole evening to enjoy everything, I promise you. And try the lobster; you will not regret that either. 

La Guardia rooftop, one of the best restaurants in havana with rooftop bars in open air.
The top rooftop seating area at La Guarida

Address: 418 Calle Concordia, entre Gervasio y Escobar. Price: $$$$, cash only (€, $, CUP). 

Ambiance: Just amazing.   

Paladar San Cristobal In Central Havana

One of the best restaurants in Central Havana for fine dining is Paladar San Cristobal
Super cool interior in Paladar San Cristobal

I probably have passed Paladar San Cristobal a million times on my way to the market on San Rafael Street where they always have pork and ham for sale.

And I have always thought, I REALLY need to go here sometime! 

The elegant, tall, and wide entrance to San Cristobal lies like an inviting little surprise in the rather scruffy and run-down exterior which characterizes this neighborhood. 

One of the best restaurants in Havana is the Paladar San Cristobal in Central Havana
Paladar San Cristobal

Finally, I got around to it, right after someone told me this is one of the places President Obama went to dine when he was visiting in 2016. Really!

I am thinking it better be good then. 

Paladar San Cristobal is, for real, one of the best restaurants in Havana, Cuba, apart from the small matter that they do not have a rooftop terrace (with which I generally have a very close relationship). 

Paladarr San Cristobal in the central city district is one of the best restaurants with the best food, wine list, service, and interior in Havana! Book in advance, and if you are a small group, ask for one of the incredibly elaborate dining room options as a chamber separee!

The wine is exquisite, the tapas starter to share is super tasty, both fish meals are perfectly done with delicious garniture, and the service is happy, warm, smiling, and fast!

Also, the price is not cheap, but not super expensive either. 

Consider taking a bici-taxi here, as the place is in the middle of Central Havana’s narrow conglomerate of streets. It is not very dangerous, but you just might get a little lost!

Address: 418 Avenida San Rafael 469, entre Lealtad y Campanario, Centro Havana. Price: $$$/$, cash only (€, $, CUP). 

Ambiance: Super cool. 

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Havana City Districts

Old Havana

Old Havana is the original city of Havana, where the city was founded.

The narrow colonial streets are encompassed by beautiful architecture hidden behind scruffy house facades with thousands of artsy decorative details.

Around 500.000 habaneros live in Old Havana, and here you find historic plazas, buildings, museums, a catholic cathedral, bars, restaurants, and a few clubs!

Arount Plaza Vieja, there are several bars and restaurants that you can enjoy, just stroll around and find one you like!
Plaza Vieja in Old Havana

Central Havana

Central Havana is the city district with the highest-density population in, and here there are fewer tourists.

Habaneros live their everyday life here; there are small shops, markets, lots of people, cats, and dogs, and the area is more run-down than Old Havana.

This might be the more “authentic” part of the oldest city districts, but hidden here, you also find some of the best restaurants in the whole of Havana!

Surprisingly, you find some of the best high end restaurants in Havana hidden in the narrow streets of Central Havana.
Street in Central Havana

The Vedado

The Vedado is the entertainment district of Havana, with wider avenues, more modern architecture, large parks, and home to the venerable Hotel Nacional, where the elite of the world’s rich and famous partied in the 30ies!

What the Vedado lacks in colonial charm, it regains in space and beautiful places, houses, and hotels. Here are also a lot of embassies, shops and of course, restaurants.

Some of the best restaurants in Havana, you find in the Vedado city district!
The avenues in The Vedado

Miramar & Playa

Miramar and Playa is the westernmost highest-end part of Havana today, housing the financial district, conference hotels, international hospitals, and homes of old presidents and other VIPs.

In this area are several luxury resorts, the famous 5th Avenue, Marina Hemingway, as well as numerous embassies and financial institutions. And restaurants!

Also read: Where to stay in Havana? Best Hotels, Neighborhoods, And Areas

Super Cheap Places To Eat!

There are two prices for eating out in Cuba: one for Cubans and one for yumas, extranjeros, turistas. For us visitors!

That is not to say that there are two different menus (although that is sometimes the case, sometimes in print, and other times just decided as you walk in the door).

But some places are super cheap either way, whether you are a visitor or a local. Here is where (or how)!

Doorway Shops And Holes-In-The-Wall In Havana!

Defilately not one of the best restaurants in Havana, but scattered around the city you find small holes in the wall, or corner shops, where you can get a sandwich for 100 cuban pesos or less!
A small sandwich shop on the corner of Calle Simon Bolivar and Calle Cardenas

Outside the tourist streets of Old Havana and in the streets of Central Havana, you find private or semi-private doorways where people sell little snacks.

Like a pan con jamon y queso, sandwich with ham and cheese, little biscuits, homemade juices or yogurt, that kind of thing.

This may cost down to 60 Cuban pesos for a small sandwich, which is about 60 cents!

When breakfast is hard to find and I don’t want to go to a breakfast place, I often find one of these doorways and get a sandwich para llevar, to bring home.

They are quite nice and super cheap, and I have not yet had any tummy trouble on such occasions if that should worry you!

Wanna buy me a coffee to keep going? <3

FAQs Cuba Travel

Why are US citizens not allowed to travel to Cuba?

This is NOT correct. US citizens ARE ALLOWED to travel to Cuba.

Americans can choose a reason for Cuba travel among 12 pre-approved reasons for traveling to Cuba, determined by the US Government.

Can US citizens travel to Cuba as a tourist?

Technically, US citizens are NOT allowed to travel to Cuba as a tourist. Americans choose between 12 pre-approved reasons for Cuba travel, among which the most common one is “to help the Cuban people”.

American citizens still need to buy a tourist card, also called a tourist visa, to enter Cuba.

What are the 12 requirements to travel to Cuba?

You can read about the 12 pre-approved reasons to travel to Cuba for US citizens here.

The easiest and most common reason for Cuba travel is “to help the Cuban people”. There is no paperwork or application process connected to this, you just choose your reason and state that reason if anyone asks.

What happens if a US citizen travels to Cuba?

Nothing happens if a US citizen travels to Cuba, apart from hopefully, the US citizen will have a fabulous holiday and encounter with Cuban culture.

US citizens need to choose one of the pre-approved reasons to travel to Cuba and need to buy the PINK Cuban tourist card, also called a tourist visa.

Selected airlines sell this visa/tourist card, or you can buy one online.

What documents do I need to travel to Cuba?

You need the following documents to travel to Cuba:

Do Americans need to be vaccinated to enter Cuba?

No, there is no requirement for specific vaccines prior to entering Cuba. Your country’s health department probably has recommendations for what vaccines you should consider before entering Cuba.

How Do I get a tourist card for Cuba?

You can buy a tourist card online from Easy Tourist Card, or from the Cuban embassy in your country.

You might also be able to buy a Cuban tourist card from your airline or at the airport prior to departure.

It is possible to buy a Cuban tourist card at Miami International Airport at the check-in counter with American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

How Do I Get A Tourist Visa For Cuba?

A tourist visa is the same as a tourist card for Cuba. You can buy it from the following places:

  • Buy one online from Easy Tourist Card
  • Buy one from your airline if they offer this
  • Buy one at the airport of departure if they offer this
  • Buy one from the Cuban Embassy in your country

Is Travel To Cuba Allowed Right Now?

Yes, Cuba travel is allowed right now. There are no COVID or health restraints from entering Cuba right now.

There are no political constraints from entering Cuba right now for most international travelers.

American citizens need to, in addition, choose one of the 12 pre-approved reasons for traveling to Cuba (Americans can not travel as “tourists”) and follow some simple guidelines for traveling in Cuba.

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Wrap-Up Best Restaurants In Havana Cuba!

This article is a work in progress, and I add reviews of more great places to the list of the best restaurants in Havana, Cuba as I eat my way through the bustling Cuban capital.

Hopefully, this will help you find somewhere that is exactly what you want and need for your holiday cuisine experiences!

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Cuba Visa Online: Easy Tourist Card

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