Three floors up in a crumbling century-old mansion, this atmospheric privately-owned restaurant is routinely cited as Havana’s finest. Go for Cuban specialties.
Go for the location, on the beautiful and historic Plaza de la Catedrál, as much as for the decent food. A vibrant rotation of live bands comes through the leafy courtyard.
Open since 1820, this classic watering hole is famous as the birthplace of the Daiquiri—and inextricably linked with its most famous regular, Ernest Hemingway. It scores high marks for its seafood, swinging atmosphere, and excellent service.
A few steps from the main cruise ship terminal, on Plaza San Francisco, a grandiose old-world dining experience can be had. Tuxedoed waiters serve up indulgences like goose-liver pâté, caviar, and a delicate filet mignon.