Cuba isn’t known known for being a particularly good place for vegetarians, but things are improving as more and more private restaurants, known as paladars
, open up. Here are some of the best restaurants serving vegetarian food for you to check out in the Cuban capital of Havana
Oasis Nelva Café Creperie, Old Havana
Cafe, Creperie, Smoothie Bar, French, Cuban
This small creperie
sits above a handicrafts shop and serves crepes and smoothies. Everything is cooked with olive oil, and it’s a good spot for veggies who want to grab a quick bite. It’s a relaxed little place and it’s well worth stopping in.
Azucar Lounge, Old Havana
Restaurant, Fusion, Pub Grub, Cuban
While not exclusively vegetarian, there are lots of good veggie options on the menu here
. Vegans are also catered for. You can get falafel, pesto pasta and grilled vegetables, among other dishes. It’s on Plaza Vieja in Old Havana, and the location means that it’s fairly pricey.
Buena Vista Curry Club
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Cuban
This is an Indian restaurant
with some vegetarian and vegan options, which is a real rarity in Cuba. If you want to get your curry fix, this is the place to be. On longer trips to the island, you will be happy to find a restaurant with spicy food!
Restaurant, Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian
Everything on the menu here
can be made into a vegan dish. There are stuffed tomatoes, aubergine lasagne, baked potatoes, vegetable kebabs and lots more. There are also meat options available for the carnivores.
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Vegan, Cuban
An Iranian restaurant
with an amazing wraparound terrace, this place is great for vegetarians and vegans. The staff are great and it’s a great spot to sit and watch people in the park next door. Slightly more expensive than the average, but worth it.
La Rosa Negra
Restaurant, Cuban, Vegetarian
This traditional Cuban restaurant
serves up old favourites, but all cooked without meat fat. There are good options for vegans and vegetarians, and a wide selection of cocktails for everyone.
Cocktail Bar, Bar, Tapas, Cuban, Vegetarian
A trendy cocktail and tapas bar
in Old Havana, O’Reilly 304 has earned rave reviews for its veggie-friendly menu and its gin cocktails. It wouldn’t be out of place in any major US or European city, and you’d be remiss not to make a visit.