What to do

While Havana’s history and culture lure visitors, its food scene wins them over. The city’s cafés, paladares and bars provide a diverse culinary experience and a healthy dose of history.

Drink at El Floridita

El Floridita has been mixing some of Havana’s best cocktails for 200 years. Loyal patron Ernest Hemingway enjoyed the restaurant and cocktail bar’s most famous drink, a grapefruit daiquiri aptly named the Papa Hemingway. Take a seat at the bar next to its bronze Hemingway statue to sample this tasty tipple while enjoying daily live music.

Explore Plaza Vieja

Plaza Vieja is one of Havana’s main town squares and arguably the most interesting given its storied past. It has been the scene of bullfights and executions and features diverse architecture ranging from colonial homes to art nouveau buildings. Today, the area is packed with bars and paladares and its own microbrewery, Factoria Plaza Vieja.

Eat at Paladar Los Mercaderes

Paladares, privately owned restaurants, are popping up all over the city, many in historical buildings and owners’ homes. Menus range from authentic Cuban cuisine to Asian and Italian. The Paladar Los Mercaderes, located in a historic building, has a romantic vibe, its own violinist and a staircase strewn with flower petals. It serves Cuban and international cuisine. 

What to wear

Here’s how to put together the perfect sightseeing look.

ALDO Cattinara flat, $75

Banana Republic dress, $124


M.A.C. Pro Longwear Nourishing foundation, $40


UNIQLO tote, $39.90