Cafe Bohemia

Located in a beautifully decorated mansion in the Plaza Vieja, Cafe Bohemia is one of Havana's most unique restaurants, an establishment dedicated to Cuban journalist, Ricardo Saenz. The literary theme continues with the decor and the names of the dishes, each one of which is named after a literary work. This charming establishment is tucked away and not well-known among tourists, and makes a great place to stop for a light meal.

Café Bohemia is located on the first floor of the stunning Palacio de la Casa del Conde de Lombillo in Plaza Vieja. Its impressive setting provides the restaurant with a bright, airy atmosphere, and a decidedly European feel.

The café was opened in memory of the Cuban journalist Ricardo Sáenz by his daughter, Diana. The café takes its name from Bohemia magazine, the most important and old Cuban magazine funded in 1908. For years, Sáenz worked as an editor of this magazine. The restaurant is decorated with numerous framed covers of the magazine, and the décor includes shelves of books and other publications.

The menu is filled with dishes named after famous literary pieces by the likes of great authors such as Garcia Marquez, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and others. Here you can tuck into delicious Italian-style paninis, freshly-baked croissants, an array of cold platters or aperitifs as well as varied cocktail selection and a tapas menu. Book-lovers will find much to enjoy in this shrine to all things literary.

Modelled after European cafes and coffee shops, dishes here tend to be light. Paninis and other sandwiches are the staple items on the menu, along with fresh salads and a wide variety of fruit juices. It shouldn’t be a first choice for diners looking for a full hearty meal, but snacks, breakfasts, and light lunches are delicious and served in a charming environment.

Perhaps the best seats in Café Bohemia are in the courtyard, a cool and refreshing area, thanks to the natural air flow. It’s a fine space for writers, artists, and modern-day philosophers to gather and talk, or simply to bask in its bohemian atmosphere. For anyone with an appreciation of literature or history, Café Bohemia offers delicious, light fare served in a captivating space.

Specials, opening times and how to get there

At Café Bohemia they have frequent specials running like Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily with a 2-for-1 deal on cocktails as well Happy Late Lunch (more like early dinner actually) from 6 to 7 p.m. where you can get three paninis for the price of one. They also run monthly specials that and may have daily specials too, depending on season.

It opens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and you’ll find it in a colourful corner of Plaza Vieja, at 364 San Ignacio Street.

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