Budget food in Havana 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 spent 5 days in Havana without setting foot in a tourist restaurant!
There’s lots of peso street food but we also ate at a couple of government/private restaurants – for at least 3 times cheaper, we think we got about the same quality & quantity of food.
For more information, see our post Peso Street Food in Cuba: Eat for $1 a Day and Government, Private & Tourist Restaurants in Cuba.
To help you travel longer for less, keep reading for all the places where we found budget food in Havana!
Budget Food in Havana
- El Bulevar (Calle San Rafael)
This pedestrianized part of Calle San Rafael (near Hotel Inglaterra) & the streets around it in Centro Havana is peso food central.
Here you can get a glass of refresco for the standard price of 1 peso!
* DIY Travel Tip: buy a 1.5L bottle of local soft drink for 25 pesos & refill this bottle time & time again, with refresco for 7 pesos! You can also refill it with juice for the equivalent of 7 glasses, beer too!
Other peso classics cost more though than in other parts of 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). Both came with rice & beans and salad.
- Paseo de Marti (Paseo del Prado)
There are several peso food stalls 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
- Plaza Vieja
Just off Plaza de Armas on Calle Brasil, you can find more budget food in Havana – 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 for 12 pesos (48 cents) & refresco for 2 pesos (8 cents).
- Vedado market
There’s a fruit & vegetable market around Calles 17 & K in Vedado with cheap peso food & even a restaurant.
We ate at this restaurant – fish & pork dishes with rice & beans, salad & fried plantains for 40 pesos / $1.60. Pineapple refresco was 3 pesos / 12 cents.
- Calle Obispo
Don’t miss the best ice cream in Cuba on Calle Obispo! Just 1-2 pesos / 4-8 cents each!
The best flavours to choose from are chocolate, coconut & strawberry.
The legendary state-run Coppelia ice cream parlor is located on the corner of Calles 23 & L. in Vedado – you can’t miss the big sign & huge queues outside.
It’s incredible that Cubans will wait all day for ice cream but then again, lining-up has been well-ingrained in their lives (eg. at shops, banks, etc).
Ice cream costs 1 or 2 pesos a scoop but if you haven’t got hours to spare, you can join a shorter queue for CUC$ paying customers & tourists.
There’s a peso stall with hamburgers & hotdogs on the street opposite Coppelia.
- Calle Desamparados
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!
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*** The Final Word – You can easily eat 3 meals, snacks & drinks in Havana for less than $3 a day! ***
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Visited in May-June 2016