Places to Eat

La-Mina-Havana-Cuba
LA MINA

Calles Obispo and Oficios,
Plaza de Armas,
T 862 0216
Try lunch in the courtyard at La Mina restaurant while the local salsa band play and peacocks strut around. Try the fresh fish with rice and beans… it’s the local specialty.

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PALADAR LA GUARIDA

Concordia street 418,
T 866 9047
Have dinner in old Havana at the famous Paladar La Guarida, where the film Fresca and Chocolate (Strawberries and Chocolate) was filmed. Located on the top floor of a stunningly dilapidated mansion, the restaurant serves up amazing “nueva cocina” that is up there with Habana’s best restaurants.

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LA PAELLA

Hotel Valencia, Calle Oficios
No. 53, esquina a Obrapía
For amazing Spanish food, try out this quaint restaurant at the top of Hotel Valencia in Old Havana.

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EL PATIO

San Ignacio 54
T 867 1034
Although you might find it touristy, the atmosphere here is spectacular, especially at night. The food is also extremely good authentic Cuban. Located in Cathedral Square.

La-Roca-Havana-Cuba
LA ROCA

Calle 21 y M
T 834 4501
With a retro vibe, you’ll sense the mobsters and playboys who frequented the spot during the 50s. It has art deco decor and it’s a great place to come to day or night.

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HOTEL SEVILLA ROOF GARDEN

Calle Trocadero 55
T 860 8560
This is one of the best places to start you day in Havana. In the airy dining room, the views are fantastic, and the breakfast is unbeatable.

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COPPELIA

Calle 23 y L
You’ll most likely have to wait in a line that wraps around the block at this state-run ice cream parlor. It’s a great place to watch the locals wait for a treat, and the design inside is enjoyable, with its irregular colored glass and geometric-patterned vaulted roof.

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LA COCINA DE LILLIAM

Calle 48 No. 1311,
entre 13 y 15
T 209-6514
The most beautiful garden restaurant in Havana has some of the best food as well Liliam Dominguez turned her house into a lush, romantically lighted garden where diners sit on comfortable wrought-iron chairs. While you’ll love the traditional Cuban food here, don’t be surprised that you won’t find beef here. The private restaurants are not allowed to serve beef in Havana, only the state-owned ones.

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LA FINCA CALLE

140 y 19, Playa
T 208 79 76
One of the finest restaurants in Havana and the favorite haunt of Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, this elegant place is found in a small house surrounded by a lush tropical garden setting. The food is unbeatable Cuban cuisine prepared by top chef, Erasmo. It’s very expensive, but it’s worth the price, and the service is impeccable.

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PUERTO DE SAGUA

Calle Egido No. 603,
T 7 8671026
Specializing in seafood dishes, this restaurant offers amazing food and marine decorations and atmosphere.

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EL CONEJITO

Calle M esq 17,
T 324 671
This was one of Castro’s favorite restaurants. You’ll find a rustic interior that might remind you of a hunting lodge, styled after an English Tudor home. The food is remarkable after you’re done filling yourself with their famous rabbit, head next door to the karaoke bars and sing a couple of tunes with the locals.

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ANACADNA

Hotel Saratoga,
Paseo Marti 603 esq Dragones
T 868 1000
This is a rare treat for foodies in Cuba, as the menu here is super sophisticated and the decor will remind you of North Africa.

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GATO TUERTO

Calle O entre 17 y 19,
T 836 0212
Meaning One-Eyed Cat, this remodeled townhouse is an intimate and super modern venue to listen to bolero music and sip cocktails.

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LA DIVINA PASTORA

Ave Monumental, La Cabaña
T, 860 8341
The restaurant has a wonderful setting, on the Havana Bay overlooking Old Havana. The food is superb and fresh, and after you’re done eating head next door to El Mirador Bar where you can grab drinks and listen to live Cuban music.

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CAFE DEL ORIENTE

Oficios 112 esq Amargura,
Plaza da San Francisco de Asis
T 860 6686
You’ll feel like you’re in turn of the century Vienna or Paris, with the beautiful decor inside, and the rich food, which is some of the best in Cuba. Dine by candlelight and while you eat, you’ll listen to a live trio playing jazz and bossa nova.

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DELIRIO HABANERO PIANO BAR

Teatro Nacional de Cuba,
Paseo y 39 de la Revolución
T 33 57 13
This sultry, vibey late-night jazz hangout is popular with Cuban sophisticates and visitors alike, with low-key piano music and live jazz bands nightly. Reservations are a must on weekends. Bands play from 10.30pm and 3am though they stay open till 6am when the crowd doesn’t want the night to end. Their í  la carte menu offers light meals, soft drinks, rums and cocktails, both national and international. The panoramic view of the city, particularly of the Plaza de la Revolution, is truly breathtaking.

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EL POLINESIO

Hotel Habana Libre Tryp,
T 7 33 4011
Dishes of an exclusive tradition served in a peculiar Asian setting. It used to be called Trader Vic’s, which opened at a volatile time. Six months after opening, the owner of the restaurant was shot while trying to catch one of the last planes out of Cuba to the U.S. It is now run by the Cuban government and some of its decor was used in the film “I Am Cuba.”