Top Choice Barbecue in Playa & Marianao

La Fontana

Fontana exhibits the barbecue or, more to the point, the full-on charcoal grill. Huge portions of meat and fish are served up in this villa-cum-paladar established in 1995, so go easy on the starters, which include …
Top Choice International in Habana Vieja

Restaurante la Divina Pastora

Near Dársena de los Franceses and a battery of 18th-century cannons lies one of the more progressive outlets of Cuban cooking. Eschewing the iron rations of yore, La Divina Pastora offers creamy soups, grilled octup…
Top Choice Italian in Habana del Este

El Piccolo

This private restaurant is a bit of an open secret among habaneros, some of whom consider it to be the best pizza restaurant in Cuba. Out of the way and a little more expensive than Playas del Este's other numerous …
Top Choice International in Vedado

Café Laurent

Talk about a hidden gem. The unsigned Café Laurent is a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant encased, incongruously, in a glaringly ugly 1950s apartment block next to the Focsa building. Starched white tablecloths, …
Top Choice Cuban in Habana Vieja

Doña Eutimia

Keep it simple. The secret at Doña Eutemia is there is no secret. Just serve decent-sized portions of incredibly tasty Cuban food (the ropa vieja – shredded beef – and minced beef picadillo both deserve mentions) fr…
Top Choice Cuban in Centro Habana

San Cristóbal

At San Cristóbal you can sit down in front of a Catholic/Santería altar flanked by pictures of Maceo and Martí and give thanks for extraordinarily good food. Located in the thick of Centro Habana, the menu and decor…
Top Choice Cuban in Habana Vieja

Paladar Los Mercaderes

This private restaurant in a historic building has to be one of Cuba's most refined paladares for ambience, service and food, both Cuban and international. Follow a staircase strewn with flower petals to a luxurious…
Top Choice Tapas in Habana Vieja

Café Bohemia

Inhabiting a beautifully curated space in a mansion on Plaza Vieja, Café Bohemia manages to feel appropriately bohemian, but also serves great cocktails, tapas, and extremely addictive cakes.
Top Choice Tapas in Playa & Marianao


Hipsters don't really populate Havana as yet, but if they did they'd probably seek solace in Espacios, a fabulously chilled and arty tapas bar and restaurant that occupies an unsignposted house in Miramar. Select fr…
Chinese in Centro Habana

Restaurante Tien-Tan

One of the Barrio Chino's best authentic Chinese restaurants, Tien-Tan (the 'Temple of Heaven') is run by a Chinese-Cuban couple and serves up an incredible 130 different dishes.