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Top Choice Italian in Habana del Este

Il Piccolo

This Guanabo old-school private restaurant has been around for eons and is a bit of an open secret among habaneros, some of whom consider its thin-crust wood-oven pizzas to be the best in Cuba. Out of the way and a …
Arts Center in Habana del Este

Centro Cultural Enguayabera

In an old shirt factory, abandoned in the 1990s when it became a rubbish dump and public urinal, is this new state-sponsored community arts project in lowly Alamar, inspired by the Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Vedado. …
Seafood in Habana del Este

Restaurante la Terraza

Another photo-adorned shrine to the ghost of Hemingway, Restaurante la Terraza specializes in seafood and does a roaring trade from the hordes of Papa fans who get bused in daily. The food is surprisingly mediocre, …
International in Habana del Este

Restaurante 421

Ask a local about food preferences in Guanabo and they'll probably direct you up the steep hill behind the main roundabout to this newish perch that has a surprisingly wide selection of Cuban favorites mixed with in…
Fort in Habana del Este

Torreón de Cojímar

Overlooking the harbor is an old Spanish fort (1649) presently occupied by the Cuban Coast Guard. It was the first fortification taken by the British when they attacked Havana from the rear in 1762. Next to this tow…
Bar in Habana del Este

Bar Luna

New and privately run, Bar Luna is also a restaurant, but with its luminously lit interior and open terrace overlooking the street it's probably best utilized for its drinks and nighttime action. This being Guanabo,…
International in Habana del Este

Chicken Little

Forgive them the kitschy name – Chicken Little could yet make it big. Defying Guanabo’s ramshackle image, this deluxe restaurant has polite waitstaff with welcome cocktails who’ll talk you through a menu of pesto ch…
Cuban in Habana del Este

Mi Cayito

A small bar-restaurant reached via a raised boardwalk that overlooks Laguna Itabo, a small lagoon abutting Playa Boca Ciega. It's a quiet spot surrounded by nature selling solid if unremarkable Cuban food.
Seafood in Habana del Este

Don Pepe

When the Guanabo pizza gets too much, head to this thatched-roof, beach-style restaurant about 50m from the sand. It specializes in seafood.
Area in Habana del Este


East across the river from Cojímar is a large housing estate of prefabricated apartment blocks built from 1971 by micro brigadas (small armies of workers who built post-revolution housing). This is the birthplace of…