Discovering Cuban food

Do your eating habits change when you travel? Maybe you want to try the local specialties, no matter how rare they are. However, Cuban cuisine has a delicious flavour and an exquisite culinary culture.

You may prefer a standard meal, but a Cuban restaurant offers the same typical dishes. Generally, we can look for a chain of fast food that, as we see, exists in most countries of the world, but not in Cuba. That’s why we advise you to get an idea of what to eat in Cuba.
Discovering Cuban food will delight you!

If you want to follow a balanced diet, one of the advantages of Cuba is that you will not find a large fast food chain, or at least a chain already heard.

Cuban delights you must discover

Cuban sandwich

In almost every place you go to Cuba, you will see cafes and street vendors with counters stacked with precooked Cuban sandwiches. They may not have a spectacular flavor associated with Cuba, but it is undoubtedly one of the most beloved sandwiches in the country. We recommend ordering freshly baked sandwiches.

Mainly, it is a roast pork sandwich with cucumber and canned confit cheese, served in a long and narrow roll. It’s a perfect sandwich for lunch time.

Sandwich in Cuba

Cuban tamales

Cuban tamales are a traditional Cuban food and have a richer and more subtle flavor than in other parts of the Caribbean.
You may associate the delicious tamales with Mexico and other Central American countries, but the local version is one of the most delicious Cuban snacks on offer.
If you have eaten the Mexican version of the tamale, you will know that it can be a good piece for your taste buds.


Some countries are campaigning for sugary soda drinks to be labeled with a health warning.
Guarapo is the most sweetened Cuban drink you can imagine, but since its sugars have not been refined, it is not so harmful.

The cold guarapo is obtained from the juice of sugar cane. It is one of the most ubiquitous crops in Cuba, almost equaling tobacco. The sugar cane is freshly squeezed to extract its juice and then mixed with ice.

Guarapo in Cuba

It is widely available throughout Cuba.

You will not find anything more refreshing on a hot Cuban day!


We could say that the popularity of lardons has decreased.
You can buy lardons in supermarkets, but also in restaurants and street vendors.
They are the best version of these Cuban snacks, since they have a minimum of additives and do not contain preservatives. Although they have a high salt content, they are extremely low in carbohydrates, so they constitute an excellent snack of Cuban cuisine with an infinitely good flavor.

If you are worried about what to eat in Havana, this meat will be your best ally. Your trip to Havana will not be affected by its gastronomy.

Yucca sticks, an alternative to potato chips

Yucca sticks are very popular and look like potatoes and root vegetables.
It is quite high in carbohydrates, although it does not have much protein. On the positive side, it has a fairly high amount of calcium and vitamin C. It is one of the fastest and healthiest foods in Cuba.

Yucca sticks in Cuba

Do not be so worried about the nutritional value of Cuban gastronomy.
Yucca chips have a flavor that tastes like a mixture of potatoes and pumpkins.

If it has been harvested in a rainy season, the taste may be sweeter. On the contrary, if it has been harvested during a particularly dry season, it may have a slightly bitter taste, which is not unpleasant at all, and adds an unexpected richness to the flavor.

The yucca is cut into thin segments and fried in vegetable oil. It can be taken in a sandwich or as an accompaniment to a large meal.

We hope you have the opportunity to try all these pleasures for the palate!

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