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The Best Places to Eat in Havana

While Havana is well-known for its flavors, finding the best restaurants in Havana is no easy feat. It requires research to discover the best places to eat in Havana, finding good food away from tourists. Although historic, you might want to avoid the Ernest Hemingway bars, Floridita and Bodeguita del Medio when looking for the best food in Havana Cuba. Sure, they were the place where the Nobel author had his daiquiris and mojitos, but they’re always full of tourists! We just had a drink at Floridita to get some feel of the vibe and to tick this off our list but you can do without – it’s hardly among the best restaurants in Havana.

Here are what I think are the best places to eat in Havana!

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Mojito, of course!!! One of the best places to eat in Havana, El Del Frente is known for their amazing cocktails!

The Best Restaurants in Havana

Casa Miglis

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 5

5. Service: 4

A very particular experience in town, Casa Miglis certainly feels like one of the best restaurants in Havana. The mix of flavors is nothing short of unique: a Swedish menu with a Cuban air. It was our first encounter with the best food in Havana Cuba.

This is entry among the best restaurants in Havana is a very elegant venue that becomes a breath of fresh air in Centro Havana. As you would expect from a Scandinavian restaurant, the design is functional and simple. Still, its look has a very refreshing quality, in tune with the hot tropic. In terms of color, the venue has a lot of white, with some red lights here and there!

Looking at this place from the outside, you’d never imagine one of the best restaurants in Havana awaited. It’s even more exotic when you know there’s a Swedish restaurant inside. The shabby old house façade has absolutely nothing to do with the upscale tropical inside, which makes it obvious it’s one of the best places to eat in Havana.

Casa Miglis feels vibrant and mysterious, not only because of its design, but also its eclectic mix of patrons. This place is for sure more than a restaurant and a popular hangout place for the hip Cuban crowd!

In the dark pops out Casa Miglis
In the dark pops out Casa Miglis, one of the best restaurants in Havana!
Having dinner at Casa Miglis
Having dinner at Casa Miglis, one of the best places to eat in Havana

El Café – The Best Food in Havana Cuba?

1. Food: 5

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

With its fresh fruit juices and delicious pancakes, El Café quickly became our favorite breakfast joint among the best places to eat in Havana. This charming little spot manages a great feat: turning Havana’s weak points into strong ones. How? By making do with the limited resources to create a real rustic and vintage feel. It’s a true mark of one of the best restaurants in Havana!

The place is decorated in peaceful and earthy tones, mostly black and brown, and it serves some of the best food in Havana Cuba. The little wooden pieces everywhere add to the eco touch, completing the picture perfect of one of the best restaurants in Havana. 

In all, we got massive hipster feels from this little spot away from the tourists and it quickly became our favorite brunch place. Their hummus and sourdough bread are just delicious and well worthy of one of the best places to eat in Havana!

Le Cafe is my top choice for breakfast & brunch in Havana
Le Cafe is my top choice for breakfast & brunch in Havana
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Get in my tummy!

El Dandy Bar y Galería

1. Food: 3

2. Drinks: 3

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

A  small hip cafe and bar in Havana with an interesting history, El Dandy has a lot of the traditional Cuban debonair. You can almost picture Desi Arnaz popping in for a visit at one of the best places to eat in Havana!

The venue has gone from an upscale bar in the early ’50s to beat-down old house to refurbished bar – finally becoming one of the best places to eat in Havana. As recently as 2014, the inside of this mid-century mansion was rebuilt for a more hipster vintage look. The décor in Dandy feels like an old writer’s studio, with a lot of old photos and posters.

The food and drinks are all right, but I wouldn’t necessarily rank it among the best restaurants in Havana. The best food in Havana Cuba can be found elsewhere, but the vibe is really unique. The place is enthralling because it’s also a photography gallery, with some pictures of Olof Palme. A perfect place for a drink or a coffee!

El Del Frente

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

A truly cool place, El Del Frente is among the best restaurants in Havana. Another recent addition to the Havana scene, it shares the spotlight with its big brother, O’Reilly 304. Both serve some of the best food in Havana Cuba!

One of the best places to eat in Havana, this place expands beyond local cuisine by adding some international dishes. Their ceviche and tacos are famous throughout the island!

El Del Frente
Delicious Starters

It’s no wonder this is known as one of the best restaurants in Havana: the vibe here is fantastic, between the live music and the crowd of locals and tourists. The design, outstandingly contemporary for vintage Havana, is colorful and hip, and it’s clear it’s one of the best places to eat in Havana. The palette is mostly earthy with chairs and posters in bright pink and aquamarine.

A tiny and hidden little gem, it stands out for its cozy little rooftop and its huge, tasty mojitos. Beware, it’s a little hidden, so you’ll have to ask around to find it – but as one of the best places to eat in Havana, it’s worth it!

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I love finding hidden gems like El Del Frente

In conclusion…

Havana is one of those destinations that has something for everyone, as you can see from this list of the best restaurants in Havana! To help you make the most of your trip check out my Havana Travel Guide and Havana Hotel Review. If you’re someone that prefers the countryside to the city then why not take a Cuban countryside and beach road trip!

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43 Comments

  1. Oh man, Cuba would be so fascinating. My husband and I were just talking about going there while we have the chance. I’ll be pinning this for future reference!

  2. I would LOVE to eat there some day… so much charm and the food looks amazing! looks fresh and full of flavor, yum! simply beautiful and I added it to my bucket list ; )

    • TWSL Reply

      Couldn’t agree more. It always helps to ask the locals 🙂

  3. y brother in law’s wide is from Cuba and she keeps talking about it….I hope to experience both the food and culture some day.

  4. Out of all the Cuban resturants that you have mentioned I would definitely say that El Dente Frente appealed to me the most especially as you classed it as being somewhat of a hidden gem. And who dosent love a good mojito? They are my favourite cocktail!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Havana restaurant review! My daughter just visited Havana in January. After the hurricane so many restaurants didn’t have food to sell, or the main offering was cheese pizza. Most of the restaurants that did have other offerings seemed to be mostly around the main tourist square. My husband and I would love to visit Cuba after they’ve had a bit of a chance to recover. What a beautiful location. So much history!

    • TWSL Reply

      It’s such a shame about the hurricane. Hopefully everything goes back to normal soon 🙂

  6. What a perfect directory of eating joints. I love the way you rated them- this will help me to decide the restaurant on the basis of my preference.

    • TWSL Reply

      You should really visit dear! Thank you for taking the time to read 🙂

  7. Casa Miglis and El Dandy seems to be a great choice for me and family in Havana, cuba is a perfect place to enjoy the historical importance with these delectable dishes.

  8. Having major food envy over here! That’s honestly one of my favorite things about travel…the food!

    • TWSL Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to read, Jamie 🙂 Couldn’t agree more!

  9. I was told food in Cuba is delicious and that’s why I wish I could go there soon and start trying all the posts and restaurants you indicated 🙂

  10. Pictures of the food you feature are really inviting. Thank you for the review, this will serve a great guide for every visitor.

  11. These look like some pretty amazing places. And should I make it out to Cuba I will definitely check these out. I would love to go to El Del Frente. It just looks too delicious.

  12. I haven’t been to Havana but all these beautiful restaurants are so appealing. Would love to try all of these if I get a chance to visit this beautiful place. My favorite of all would be El Cafe. xx

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