Fidel Castro’s Private Chef Reveals the Best Restaurants
Everyone who plans a trip to Cuba gets the same advice: you’ll love the country but hate the food. Between ingredient shortages, import restrictions, and a lack of Internet connectivity to help people find local gems, the Cuban food scene is legitimately difficult to navigate.
With that in mind, we asked one of Fidel Castro’s private chefs to open up his little black book to Havana, where restaurants are most plentiful and travelers more likely to visit first. These are the places, he suggests, that will redeem his home town’s culinary cred once and for all.
Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado
(+53)7832 – 2355
12m to 2am
Call a week ahead to get into this hotspot in Vedado because it’s unusually busy by Havana standards. Seating is on the open roof, where the vibe gradually shifts from breezy to blingy as the night goes on. Join a young crowd of affluent expats and sophisticated locals for grilled lobster and cocktails (there’s no menu—just tell the bartender what you like), then head next door to Fabrica D’Arte, a peanut oil factory-turned-contemporary art gallery that Justo frequents for its range of up-and-coming Cuban artists.
Outdoor eating and drinking is available at El Cucinero