As the capital city of Cuba, Havana is a bustling urban centre with plenty to offer in terms of culture & entertainment, history and of course food. In a city this large, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the wealth of options available to you. There are tons of options that are perfect for the foodie in all of us. No matter your personal taste, there’s bound to be something you like in the beautiful city of Havana.
Located in the Havana neighbourhood of Vedado, Jazz Cafe sits on top of a popular local mall, or galleria, facing the ocean along Malecon Avenue’s boardwalk. You get an excellent view of the sea here, as well as the beautiful architecture of the Caribe hotel close by. Here, you can find cheap drinks like most Cuban bars and restaurants as well as standard traditional fare like Pollo Frito and Tostones. Just like the name might suggest, the bar also serve as a live music venue where you can come to hear some of the best Cuban Jazz bands in the country – from locally renowned to Grammy-nominated. This is a great place to come for some amazing sounds, sights and tastes.
La Bodeguita Del Media
Found in the city’s historic centre, Old Havana, Le Bodeguita is one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Be warned, your best bet is to make reservations ahead of time due to its popularity, so walk ups are a bit tricky. This is the bar and restaurant that writer Earnest Hemmingway would frequent during his time in Cuba – and it carries the history with it to this day. This restaurant is home to some of the best mojitos in the city, and they also do traditional dish Ropa Vieja extremely well. Thanks to its location in the middle of Old Havana, there is always something lively going on – whether it’s Salsa inside the restaurant itself or the sweet sounds of Timba on the streets, this is the perfect place to eat to experience to true spirit of Havana.
If there’s anything they love in Cuba more than Cuban food, it’s Italian food. you can find restaurants all over the city that dabble in pastas & soups but Eclecticos, located along Paseo Avenue, is one of the best places. From traditional gnocchi, soups, pastas, lasagnas and a wide selection of wines, this upscale options makes for the perfect date in the city; especially since it’s close to the extended seaside boardwalk that extends its way around most of Havana.
Nestled in a colonial style building is this beautiful lounge, bar and restaurant that serves up the best in Cuban rum and finger foods – or tapas. With an interior steeped in a 1920s retro look and feel, this is a great place to go for an intimate live music venue and a cozy and well-lit balcony. Give the Cuba Libre a try but just like most places in Cuba – bartenders are on the heavy handed side, so it isn’t for the feint of heart!
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