Facebook Pixel

10 Best Dishes You Should Try in Havana, Cuba

By Kach Umandap April 23rd, 2018 Posted in Caribbean Travel Blog, Restaurant and Recipes, Travel Blog 3 Comments

Upgrade your knowledge with Cuba other than its vintage cars and world-class cigars by breaking into its cuisine and mouth-watering dishes you should not miss. Cuban cuisine is blended by American, Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines, resulting in a special, tasty and flavourful blend. Havana is the capital of Cuba; it is popular for a wide array of attractions to see. In addition, food in Havana also attracts people from all over the world too.

Cuba Travel Guide for Filipino and British - Havana from above
Old Havana!

The list for making the most of your Havana trip is quite long for sure like watching the unending parade of its vintage cars, side by side cigar shops, diving to its culture or maybe dusting off your Spanish and trying to make a conversation with a local? However, your visit here will never be complete if you will pass on its unique Havana food. You will also be surprised as Cuban loves black beans; they serve this almost with all kinds of meal as a side dish. To guide you with your epic Havana trip, I compiled 10 Best Food in Havana, Cuba.

1. Chiviricos (Fried Dough)

Who doesn’t like fried dough? Try this very popular street food in Havana. Good for snack or small bites at any time of the day. Despite that this is crispy, chewy and greasy; fans of this snack are sometimes asked to stand in queue.

2. Goat Platter

Goat Platter or Fricasse de Carnero is popular in Havana. Some locals even declare that Havana has the finest Fricasse de Carnero in the country. This dish is available in a local eatery, restaurants and even at the fine dining. This dish is made out of tender chunks of stewed goat served on Arroz Morro, with white rice, black beans and yucca and salad as side dish.

3. Pan Con Bistec

This dish is torn between a satisfying snack and a great choice of dinner or lunch. You can easily find these on small street shops or even in restaurants. This mouth-watering dish is made out of fried pork steak, garlic and onions which will be in between of two slices of bread.

4. Empanada

You can have this enticing empanada with various kind of meat. A few walk to almost all restaurants around, you should not have a hard time of finding this appetizing snack.

5. Ropa Vieja

This heavenly shredded beef with huge variety of vegetables can be served with tortillas or on top of the rice. This recipe is clearly an inherited dish from Spain and the Caribbean. Ropa Vieja can either enjoy for lunch or dinner.

6. Tamal En Casuela

This is a corn porridge that will satisfy your curiosity about Cuban dishes. Cooked in pot, which can be serve as an appetizer. If you’re looking for more fulfilling version, some places cook this with cornmeal dough and tender pork.

7. Arroz con Pollo

The name of the dish will be literally translated as chicken rice. A traditional dish from Spain, yet this is also one of the most beloved chicken dishes in Havana, even in the Caribbean.  People say that this dish is somewhat related to Paella. If you’re looking for a fulfilling dish, this one is the best. Made out of chicken, oregano, cumin, white pepper and red wine vinegar, partnered with rice.

8. El Fufu de Platano Cubano

Also called as Mofongo in the other countries, this is a thick paste usually made from the starchy vegetables that is served with rice. This a good partner with any other meaty dishes. A hearty dish of mashed plantain, you can mix with chicharrones or pork, chicken stock and mashed potato.

9. Fricasse

If there is a dish from Havana that you want to try cooking when you get back home, this is your star. This favourite meal that Cubans loved to share together is made out of stewed pork or chicken, cabbage, tomato salad, beans and yucca. This appetizing dish is partnered with rice.

10. Grilled Lobster and Fried Calamari

A capital that is neighbouring the sea is no doubt having the best seafood. If you’re a seafood lover like me, I suggest you to never ever leave without tasting these heavenly dishes that will surely make you fall in love more with Havana, Cuba.

EXTRA: Try the Churros!!

Churros for Breakfast - Cuba Travel Guide for Filipinos and British

If the room in your stomach permits try all these dishes and let us know which one is your favorite!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

3 thoughts on “10 Best Dishes You Should Try in Havana, Cuba

  1. I think it should have like 4 different sections like 1 for breakfast 1 for lunch 1 for dinner and 1 for drinks and maybe 1 for desserts.

    1. im doing a Spanish project a I need to find foods were making a menu and we need to find foods to put in the menu.

  2. My sister and I are trying to eat healthier by exploring more food types and styles, and Cuban food is something we’ve been highly considering. While we won’t be going to Cuba, and therefore probably won’t be able to find a goat platter served anywhere, your other tips for what to try are very helpful, especially your Empanada suggestion. I didn’t even know that was Cuban, but I’m sure that any Cuban restaurant in the area will serve them as you said, and we’ll be sure to ask to get it as authentic as possible for the full experience.

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER:Many of the articles on Two Monkeys Travel Group are guest posts by a number of Approved Contributors and are hosted by Two Monkeys Travel Group. Approved Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. This includes all text and images that they use within their own work. All contributors are instructed to follow internationally recognised copyright and intellectual property guidelines. Two Monkeys Travel Group takes its own responsibilities very seriously, so if you feel that any part of this work is abusive in any way, please send us an email so that we can investigate - [email protected]

DISCLOSURE: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. So when you make a purchase we sometimes make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. The cost to you remains the same, sometimes even cheaper if we have negotiated a special deal for our readers.We use all of the companies we have listed here and that’s why they are in this list, but of course we need to keep Two Monkeys Travel Group running as well as it can, which is exactly what you’re helping with if you do decide to buy or book something through an affiliate link! If you have any more questions about the companies we use or any other companies you’re looking at, just email us and we’ll be happy to help.Please see our full disclaimer page for more information.

Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.