Kiki's Paladar

Varadero has a number of decent Italian restaurants but Kiki's definitely ranks as one of the best. The delicious range of freshly-baked pizzas and pastas are the main reason to come here, while the huge portions and incredibly reasonable prices mean this popular Italian restaurant offers diners true value for money.

After taking a visit to Kiki’s in Varadero, you’ll quickly realise that Cuba can turn out Italian food to a very high standard. This quaint little restaurant is located on 1st Avenue at Kawama district and if you’re craving a decent pizza or a hearty bowl of pasta, you’ll be more than glad you swung by for dinner.

The pizzas at Kiki’s are all made from scratch using fresh ingredients and all are deliciously light and fluffy. Portion sizes are also very much on the large size, so if you’re planning on coming here for an evening meal you might want to keep things on the light side at lunchtime. Of course if you can bear the thought of it, you can easily share a pizza between two – you’ll almost certainly still feel like you’ve eaten well.

Kiki’s is also known for its use of innovative toppings and as you’d expect in Cuba, many of these are seafood based. Options such as fresh shrimp, tuna and lobster are all available. However, anyone looking for more familiar combinations can enjoy well-prepared classics such as pepperoni, ham and cheese, margarita and calzone.

There’s plenty of locally-inspired dishes, too. Steak, salads, a delicious seafood platter and freshly caught lobster with rice and vegetables are all alternatives for anyone wishing to stray away from the pizza-pasta options.

Kiki’s also serves as a popular sports bar and it’s a great place to come if you just want to unwind with a few drinks. As well as indoor seating, there’s a terrace area that offers picturesque views over the canal. The well-stocked bar offers very reasonably priced beers and great cocktails, including delicious strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas.

Most people come here for the wonderful, freshly-made pizzas - which are just about as good as any you’ll find in Cuba. With such generous portions, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve received value for money – in fact, few restaurants in the area can lay claim to offering such good value for money. For all those reasons, Kiki’s is a recommendation well-worth considering for anyone spending time in Varadero.

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