The 5 best places for comida criolla in Havana

1) Doña Eutimia

The owner has developed a very traditional menu based on her memories of her mother’s food. She doesn’t believe in fusion, all her food is 100% Cuban. Tamal, ropa vieja, pork, rice and beans. We recommend calling ahead during the tourist season.

a man making cocktails at Dona Eutimia Havana

Callejón del Chorro no 60C, Habana Vieja

+53 5281 5883

2) Los Mercaderes

Walk up the staircase, of this magnificent nineteenth-century colonial house, which is scattered with rose petals, to get to this intimate restaurant. The menu features typical Cuban dishes and more international cuisine.

Los Mercaderes paladar

Mercaderes no 207, entre Lamparilla y Amargura, Habana Vieja

+53 7861 2437

3) Mama Inés

Chef Erasmo who worked for Fidel Castro opened this paladar in a small street nearby Oficios, which serves Cuban food, mainly pork, with rice, avocado and black beans. The quality of the ingredients is exceptional. Inés does not refer to Chef Erasmo’s mother but to a song by Bola de Nieve, called Ay Mama Inés.

restaurant Mama Inés Havana

Obrapía no 60, entre Oficios y Baratillo, Habana Vieja

+53 7862 2669

4) San Cristóbal

An eclectic decor with references to Cuban culture and heritage. You are transported to the lost worlds that still live on in the work of José Lezama Lima. Maybe you can visit the writer’s house before coming here. Comida criolla con cerdo asado, yucca, camarones, ceviche de berenja o bistec. Obama ate here in March 2016.

interior of San Cristobal Paladar

San Rafael no 469, entre Lealtad y Campanario, Centro Habana

+53 7807 9109

5) Algarabía

Private cafetería where you pay with moneda nacional. The best batido de mamey in Habana. You can eat on the spot or order take away including the sandwich Cubano (pork, ham and cheese) and the classic arroz con pollo (rice with chicken).

Algarabía street view

Neptuno, entre Gervasio y Escobar, Centro Habana

+53 7866 2579

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