Conde Nast suggests best options for breakfast in Havana

Posted: 10-Aug-16 15:07

The best way to start the day is with a strong, tasty breakfast. Knowing this, prestigious tourism magazine Conde Nast Traveler recently published an article on the best places to enjoy a delicious Cuban breakfast in the island's capital. From Old Havana to Miramar, many enchanting venues help you begin your day on a blissful note.

Conde Nast suggests best options for breakfast in Havana

There is nothing like savouring a delicious breakfast before feasting your eyes on Havana’s beauty. In order to be full of energy and ready to explore, the right kind of morning food must fuel you up and prepare you for the excitement ahead. With this purpose, renowned tourism magazine Conde Nast Traveler suggests some of the best spots to enjoy a tasty breakfast during your stay in the Cuban capital.

Options vary depending on your personal preference and desires as well as on location. If you’re staying at a “casa particular” (a private-owned B&B), make sure you indulge in your host’s breakfast offer at least once. To Cubans abundance is a synonym of a happy meal, so be prepared to find all of this on your table: guava smoothies, torrijas, cheese sandwiches, eggs of any kind (the owner will probably ask you first how you want them), a large dish of seasonal tropical fruit, toast, coffee and milk.

Once you’ve experienced this homely Cuban breakfast, going out to have your first meal of the day is also a great way to get to know Havana a little more. Many charming places in different areas of the capital offer tasty morning dishes, from Old Havana to the posh Miramar neighbourhood.

Popular Havana neighbourhoods for a morning bite

  • Old Havana

    Set between the Inglaterra and Telegrafo hotels, in the middle of Parque Central, the French patisserie (La Pasteleria Francesa) is a cosy spot that invites you to gaze out at Havana’s animated historic centre whilst sipping on a cup of coffee and munching a croissant. If you prefer a more relaxed ambiance and a heartier meal, Café de los Artistas is just the right option for you. Hidden inside Old Havana’s cobblestone streets, the café boasts a strong morning menu including rice and beans and fried plantains.

    A more unusual yet still charming environment can be found at El Dandy. Paying homage to kitsch with pop art decor, the venue offers a wide variety of fruits, coffee and eggs. Finally, travel back to the 50s by the Malecon seawall in Prado no.12 for the best omelette of your life. The secret to always pleasing customers is making them just the kind of omelette they would like.

  • Vedado

    The modern part of Havana is also filled with options. One of the best venues feature the legendary Hotel Nacional which offers a varied breakfast buffet as well as la carte elaborations that range from pancakes to scrambled eggs with cheese and ham.

    The American “brunch” tradition is also present in Vedado, at the Punto G cafe. Sit out on the terrace and enjoy the view as you munch on your favourite dish. You will be spoilt for choice with fried eggs and bacon, ham, chorizo, tuna sandwiches, freshly-squeezed natural juices and steamy cups of coffee.

  • Miramar

    If you happen to find yourself in the tranquil and upscale neighbourhood of Miramar, Conde Nast recommends having breakfast at El Grill inside the former Hotel Occidental. With spectacular views of the Caribbean, the menu is simple but effective, featuring Cuban and international options.

Relish in Havana’s unique flavour

Wherever you decide to start your day, make sure you try a little traditional Cuban flavour for breakfast to give you the strength you need for exploring Havana. Try exotic tropical fruit like guava, mamey and mango and sip your coffee sweet as most locals do. With a wide variety of venues in some of Havana’s centric neighbourhoods (Old Havana, Vedado and Miramar), every bite can become a new experience and a singular taste of the island.


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