Mini guide: eating in Havana
12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
© Lonely Planet Mini guide: eating in Havana
The restaurant world of the Cuban capital is emerging thanks to changed laws and there are plenty of experiments. Be open-minded and be seduced.
Belview Artcaféfacebook.com / belviewartcafe
Belview, located in a beautiful Vedado villa, is a true artwork with all kinds of photos, a sofa in the trunk of an American car and globes as lampshades. Once you realize it is actually a cafe, you can order coffee, cake, cocktails or tapas. The snacks are just as innovative as the design: avocado filled with tuna, ropa vieja (beef strips) or tzatziki crepes.
Café LaurentCalle M no. 257, 5th floor
Café Laurent is a refined restaurant with no sign in an ugly 50s street, next to the Focsa building. The decor is light and modernist with starched tablecloths. The stars of the Cuban-Spanish menu are fish risotto and pork sautéed with dried fruit and red wine.
Callejón del Chorro 60c< p class = "tinymce_p"> Doña Eutimia serves good portions of the best Cuban food. We are talking about ropa vieja (a version with lamb), epic picadillo a la habanera (spicy beef) and glorious lechon asado (roasted pork) with enough rice, beans and fried banana. This is proof that traditional Cuban dishes with the right preparation can be spectacular.
The inside of Lis is just like a modern love letter to Havana: images from the Rat Pack era, reproductions of 20th-century tropical art and bright colors on the old colonial walls. The menu is a smart mix of different flavors and Cuban classics with a modern twist - octopus with guacamole, lobster-enchilados - alongside Italian and Spanish stowaways.
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This legendary restaurant is like a scene from a film noir from the 40s. The food is still at the top of Havana and is a model of the nueva cocina cubana with dishes such as pork tenderloin with blue cheese and chocolate.Sleeping
The charming owner, Luis Miguel, is an Art Deco fan who used his house as a guest house and a museum from the 1930s, when his favorite style was popular. Old plates, mirrors, toys, furniture and stained glass make it feel like you're walking through an old film. There are three comfortable rooms and the breakfast is huge.
Average Casavana Cuba
Casavana's huge rooms spread over three floors (4, 5 and 11) of a residential flat in Vedado are modern minimalist, with elegant details and bright shared spaces with polished floors that can almost be used as a mirror. You have beautiful views from your own balcony.
Hotel Los Frailes
The monastery theme is inspired by the nearby San Francisco de Asís basilica and the staff are wearing hoods, but there is nothing simple about Los Frailes. You would like to come back here after a long day of lazing in large, old rooms in your monk-like robe while the light from the candlesticks on the walls flickers comfortably.
Opening image: Matt May / Alamy