La Imprenta Restaurant
Situated in a bustling area of the old city, La Imprenta is a government-run restaurant that has been faithfully designed to stay true to its roots. Many of the fittings and furnishings of this historic establishment have been dusted off and incorporated into the dining room, including the original print press machinery.
To add to the sense of history, black and white photos of its faded past fill up the walls, while the restaurant’s chunky wooden tables and chairs have been intricately carved with large individual numbers and letters - a further nod to its industrial heyday. The vast interior of La Imprenta also has a feeling of great space. High ceilings and large windows flood the dining space with natural light – a world away from Havana’s small and cosy paladares.
Out back, the restaurant also has its own secluded courtyard that makes for a relaxing outdoor spot to enjoy your meal.
Beyond the quirky theme its setting, you’ll be glad to know that La Imprenta serves up good, hearty Cuban food. There’s a generous range of light bites and snacks to take your pick from including an appetizing range of fresh sandwiches, filled potatoes and a delicious selection of tapas. The stand out dishes on the main menu include fresh lobster, a rich lamb stew, grilled meat skewers and a delicious frutti di mare. The drinks menu also offers plenty of options with beers, quality wines and a very decent selection of classic cocktails.
Situated in the restored area of Havana’s old town, La Imprenta is ideally located. Tucked between La Plaza Vieja and La Plaza de Armas, located on the busy Mercaderes street, this restaurant is close to local hotels and cafes while attractions such as the Chocolate Museum and National Cuban Contemporary Ceramics Museum are both nearby.
What’s great about La Imprenta is that it’s a one-off. A restaurant you visit and don’t forget. So if you’re looking to enjoy a unique dining experience during your visit to Cuba, this former newspaper print works turned stylish Havana restaurant definitely ticks the box. With its distinctive atmosphere, ideal location and great local food, La Imprenta is unquestionably worth a visit.
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