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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Havana is complete without tasting the traditional Havana food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Havana to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Ajiaco Cubano: chicken, beef, pork, corn, yucca root, sweet potato, pumpkin, limes, oranges, plantains.
  • Buñuelos: fritters of Spanish origin.
  • Croquetas: ham, vegetables, white bread, egg, onion, spices and herbs, wine, milk.
  • Empanada: a stuffed bread or pastry.
  • Fufu de Platano: plantains, chicken stock, sofrito.
  • Mariquitas Cubana:plantains, salt, peanut oil.
  • Papas Rellenas: mashed potatoes, seasoned ground meat, spices.
  • Pastelitos: baked puff pastries, sweet and savoury fillings.
  • Tamal: a dish made of masa (a starchy dough, often corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper.
  • Tortilla de Patatas: egg omelette, fried potatoes, salt, pepper.
  • Yuca con Mojo: yucca root, garlic, lime, olive oil, onions.



Main courses


Fast food

  • Elena Ruz: Cuban bread, cream cheese, strawberry jam, turkey breast.
  • Frita: Cuban hamburger bun, shoestring potatoes, lettuce, onions, spiced mojo sauce.
  • Medianoche: roast pork, ham, mustard, swiss cheese, dill pickles, slices of egg bread.
  • Pan con Chorizo: Cuban bread, chorizo sausage.
  • Pan con Lechón: Cuban bread, roasted pork, onions.
  • Pan con Timba: bread, guayaba paste, cream cheese.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Bucanero: malt, Cuban sugar.
  • Cristal: malt, water.
  • Cuba Libre: cola, lime, and white rum.
  • Daiquiri: rum, lime juice, and sugar.
  • Havana Club: rum, based on a recipe which was created by a Cuban company in 1935.
  • Mojito: white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint.

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