10 Top Coffee Spots in Havana

Café cubano -- it's not just your favorite coffee order. Coffee in Cuba has shaped the country's history, from the Atlantic slave trade until today, when Dominican coffee is cheaper to procure than Cuban coffee itself. These days in Havana, modern, private cafés are sprouting up to serve tourists and Cubans alike. Below are a few of our favorite spots.

Belview Arts Café


The newest bright spot in Vedado’s cafe scene -- Belview has everything from cafe cubano to savory crepes to latte art.


El Café

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Old Havana’s staple brunch spot -- find your go-to coffee order and pair it with a homemade sandwich on sourdough.


Café Escorial


Plaza Vieja’s best coffee spot; you can smell it a mile away. Come here to buy beans to bring home by the bag.


Cafe/Gallery Mamainé


Hidden in plain sight, this café's plant decor attracts the only hummingbirds in Vedado.


The Gardens of Hotel Nacional


Nothing beats the ocean view situated above the Malecon.


Café Bahía


A cozy café off the beaten path with indoor/outdoor seating and a diverse menu.


La Casa del Gelato


This gelato cafe boasts all types of cafe cubano and gelato. Additionally, it's one of the only places you can find a legitimate donut in Havana.


Late night: Cafe Madrigal, Bohemia, Fabrica


Head here for cozy, hip vibes, art and live music.

And last but not least:

In a Cuban home, of course


You can search far and wide for the best coffee in Cuba, but let’s face it: you won’t beat the jet black, uber-sweetened espresso located in every authentic Cuban home. Take it easy, make some friends, and slow down your fast paced days with a cafecito in a casa cubana.

Isabel Albee