The Best Paladares in Havana, Cuba - Restaurants

Havana has a fascinating and diverse culinary landscape. From traditional local paladar recipes to the new Swedish-influenced cool. There are hundreds of private restaurants in Havana and more than 1,700 across the country. The more established paladares are your best bet for food in the city.


Paladares in Home - Restaurants


Cubans have been running privately owned restaurants. In Cuba, in-home restaurants, known as paladares, were legalized in the 1990s. The best food is to be found at the paladares, restaurants in private homes.

Eating in Cuba is very economical. The typical food is called criolla and is a mixture of Spanish and African cuisine. Usually it is composed of rice, beans (beans) and also called "moros y cristianos" or "Congri", pork (roast pork), sweet potatoes or cassava, salad and dessert.

Lobster and shrimp (very economical) are highly sought after dishes. The cassava with mojo is an exquisite dish.

Restaurant - Paladar in Cuba
Restaurant - Paladar in Cuba

The restaurants in Cuba are very economical, decorated with precious woods, tablecloths and cloth napkins and enlivened by a pianist.

The more established ones are your best bet for food in the city. These are the favorites:

Doña Eutemia

La Guarida

San Cristóbal

Bella Habana

Nao Bar - Paladar

El Cocinero

La Galería

Casa Miglis

Café Laurent

Atelier

Los Naranjos

Corte del Príncipe

La Chuchería

Tien Tan

Café Madrigal

La Cocina de Lilliam

D'Giovanni

El Patio Plaza de la Catedral

El Templete

Hanoi

La Bodeguita Del Medio

La Torre

Espacios

La Fontana

La Divina Pastora

Los Mercaderes

Café Bohemia

El Piccolo

El Café

Don Cuba

Mesón de la Flota

Los Nardos

O'Reilly 304

Castropol

El Aljibe

Mesón Sancho Panza

La Mina

Mama Inés

Restaurante el Bambú

El Cocinero

El Chanchullero 

El Floridita

Café de los Artistas