Havana cuban food on a budget is harder to find & more expensive than anywhere else in Cuba – we’ll show you where to find some of the cheapest eats in the city!
We here at DIY Travel HQ spent 5 days in Havana without setting foot in a tourist restaurant!
These were at least 3 times cheaper than tourist restaurants but the quality & quantity of Havana cuban food seemed the same.
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Keep reading for all the places where we found Havana cuban food on a budget!
Where to Find Havana Cuban Food on a Budget
El Bulevar (Calle San Rafael)
This pedestrianized part of Calle San Rafael (near Hotel Inglaterra) & the streets around it in Centro Havana is peso Havana cuban food central.
Here you can get a glass of refresco for the standard price of 1 peso / $0.04!
*Budget Havana Cuban Food Top Tip: buy a 1.5L bottle of local soft drink for 25 pesos / $1.00 & refill this bottle time & time again,with refresco for 7 pesos / $0.28! You can also refill it with juice or beer for the equivalent of 7 glasses!
Check out our guide to Cuba’s dual currency system for an overview of the difference between CUC & CUP.
Other Havana cuban food street classics cost more in the capital than in other places in Cuba:
- Pizza con queso (with cheese) – 10 pesos / 40 cents
- Spaghetti con queso – 10 pesos / 40 cents
- Sandwich – 10 pesos / 40 cents
- Jugo (juice) – 2-5 pesos / 8-20 cents
There are a couple of government & private restaurants on & around El Bulevar.
Our favourite had dishes like:
- Filete de pescado (30 pesos / $1.20)
- Fricase credo (30 pesos / $1.20)
- Fajitas de pollo (35 pesos $1.40)
All of these Havana cuban food dishes came with rice & beans and salad.
Paseo de Marti (Paseo del Prado)
There are several peso food stalls serving Havana cuban food on Paseo de Marti, between San Jose & Brasil (Teniente Rey) streets, opposite El Capitolio & next to the classic American cars parked near the Jose Marti statue
Here, you can find the following snacks:
- Popcorn – 5 pesos / 20 cents
- Ice cream – 1 peso / 4 cents
- Hamburger – 8 peso / 32 cents
- Croqueta – 1 peso / 4 cents
Just off Plaza de Armas on Calle Brasil, you can find more Havana cuban food on a budget – here, there’s a small shop that sells decent peso food:
- Sandwich – 10 pesos / 40 cents
- Big glass of juice – 5 pesos / 20 cents
- Coffee – 1 peso / 4 cents
Plaza de Armas
There’s a peso restaurant on the south side of Plaza de Armas with:
- Spaghetti – 12 pesos / 48 cents
- Refresco – 2 pesos / 8 cents
There’s a fruit & vegetable market around Calles 17 & K in Vedado with cheap peso Havana cuban food & even a restaurant.
We ate at this restaurant – fish & pork dishes with rice & beans, salad & fried plantains for 40 pesos / $1.60.
Pineapple refresco was 3 pesos / 12 cents.
Don’t miss the best ice cream in Cuba on Calle Obispo! Just 1-2 pesos / 4-8 cents each!
The best flavours to choose from are chocolate, coconut & strawberry.
The legendary state-run Coppelia ice cream parlor is located on the corner of Calles 23 & L. in Vedado – you can’t miss the big sign & huge queues outside.
It’s incredible that Cubans will wait all day for ice cream but then again, lining-up has been well-ingrained in their lives (eg. at shops, banks, etc).
Ice cream costs 1 or 2 pesos a scoop but if you haven’t got hours to spare, you can join a shorter queue for CUC$ paying customers & tourists.
There’s a peso Havana cuban food stall with hamburgers & hotdogs on the street opposite Coppelia.
South of the market on Calle Desamparados (Centro Cultural Antiguos almacenes de Deposito San Jose) is a beer dispensary selling glasses of beer in a bar for 6 pesos / 24 cents.
It ran out of beer while we were there – we hope you have better luck!
Now that you have an idea of where to find Havana cuban food on a budget, check out our Cuba budget travel guide for more information on travelling to the island nation!
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