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Jan

08

Havana: Off the Beaten Path

There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Havana, from Hotel Nacional and the Malecón to the Plaza de la Revolución, the city is a bustling time capsule filled with sites every tourist will see. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to explore the road less traveled and dive into the local scene we’ve got a few insider spots for you:

Nov

21

Insight Paladares: Salsa Suarez

Salsa Suarez offers the perfect opportunity to escape Varadero’s hotel buffet lines and put the peninsula on the map as offering some of Cuba’s most innovative and delicately prepared cuisine. Just a block and a half away from white sand beaches, this paladar rivals any top Havana establishment in location, atmosphere, and overall quality.


Nov

11

Café Cubano: A Taste of Cuban Hospitality

At cafes and takeout windows throughout the island, coffee and conversation flow together like longtime amigos. In private homes, every host, however humble, offers the beverage. Seldom drunk in seclusion, coffee forms the cornerstone of Cuba’s social interactions. The flavor of Cuban hospitality is coffee.


Oct

14

Insight Paladares: Five Corners Trattoria

Five Corners Trattoria (5 Esquinas Trattoria) serves up Italian pastas, pizzas, and Cuban drinks in an up and coming part of Old Havana. Ethnic food has always been a stretch in Cuba, limited supplies and almost zero immigration to the island have left a “rice and beans” stigma for serving the famous arroz con frijoles at every meal. However the rapidly growing tourist market in Havana means new restaurants are trying to offer a more worldly fare. Five Corners Trattoria is an example of this culinary diversity.


Jul

22

My Cuba Diaries: Dinner at La Guarida

If I knew nothing else about going back to Cuba, one thing was for sure. I would dine at La Guarida, Havana’s most coveted paladar. I requested a reservation not weeks, but several months in advance. An exaggeration for sure, but my preventive excitement was off the charts. Ever since watching Fresa y Chocolate (1993), the sole Oscar-nominated Cuban movie shot on the location of today’s La Guarida (that’s hideout in Spanish), I’ve made a mental note to one day visit.


Jun

24

Hidden Havana gem: Los Naranjos restaurant

Tucked between the art deco Cuban architecture masterpieces and wide, leafy avenues of Havana’s Vedado neighborhood, Los Naranjos restaurant is one spot where Cuba’s splendorous past and innovative future meet. 


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