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8 Best Spots for Brunch in Havana

I consider myself a major brunch enthusiast, so you know I’ve visited just about every spot for brunch in Havana. While Havana is known for its coffee, it hasn’t had an overwhelming array of brunch options in the past – however, that finally starting to change.

In this ultimate local guide to the best spots for brunch in Havana, we’re sharing our favorites in Havana – and why you shouldn’t miss some of the city’s go-to spots for breakfast and brunch.

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Best Brunch in Havana

1. El Café

El Café is my personal go-to spot in Havana for coffee and brunch. This is one of Havana’s best cafes with fantastic coffee options, and you’ll want to spend a lazy morning and afternoon enjoying with friends.

After trying everything on the menu, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t get again. There are plenty of breakfast options here, but I recommend the granola and fresh fruit or a breakfast sandwich with their homemade fresh sourdough.

Located in the heart of Old Havana, visit this place early on in your stay in Havana – you’ll want to come back again!

El Café | Calle Amargura #358 between Calle Aguacate and Calle Villegas – Old Havana

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Courtesy of Brasserie 255

2. Brasserie 255

One of the best brunches in Havana is found at Brasserie 255, located in the mostly residential area of La Vibora in the 10 de Octubre neighborhood of Havana. Hidden away inside Voya Boutique Hotel, this brunch spot is well worth the 10-minute taxi ride – you’ll find some of the best brunch classics in the city at this slightly more upscale spot.

Everything from coffee, eggs, juices, and pastries to savory dishes like breakfast sandwiches that feature Cuban classics like ropa vieja await. Perhaps even better is eating in the lovingly restored historic dining room or on the garden terrace overlooking the hotel’s sparkling pool.

Brasserie 255 | Juan Delgado #255 – La Vibora, 10 de Octubre

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3. Topoly

Spread out on the large covered terrace at Topoly, overlooking one of Vedado’s most popular streets, for the perfect way to spend a long morning. One of our favorite but most unexpected spots for brunch in Vedado, Topoly is among the best restaurants in Havana, and is sure to make you want to come back for the dinner menu later in the day.

Not a traditional eggs-and-bacon breakfast place, this Middle Eastern restaurant has some really great options if you’re looking for something different. Eggs and falafel, flatbreads, hummus, and more are among the dishes this immigrant-run kitchen does best. Topoly has some more traditional breakfast and brunch options as well, but you won’t find much like it elsewhere in Havana.

Topoly | Calle 23 at the corner of Calle D – Vedado

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Courtesy of Lo de Monik

4. Lo de Monik

If you’ve heard of the buzzy restaurants O’Reilly 304 and El del Frente (two of the best restaurants in Havana), you’ll know why Lo de Monik is excellent. The owners of these three restaurants are defying the odds and growing an empire that is reshaping the restaurant scene in Havana.

Lo de Monik is fantastic at any time of the day, but it’s a city favorite for brunch and excellent coffee. You won’t go wrong with anything you try here. Their fruit juices (especially mango!) are awesome here, and even the most simple dishes like toast with butter and guava stand out as something special.

Make sure to try the shakshuka-like eggs in tomatoes dish – it’s one of my favorite brunch dishes in Havana.

Lo de Monik | Chacon y Compostela – Old Havana

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Courtesy of El Dandy

5. El Dandy

El Dandy is a restaurant and bar that also has a delicious brunch menu, plus a full bar ready if you need a little bit of hair of the dog after a night out. The coffee is strong here, too. They’ve got some great brunch options including an avocado toast plate, banana bread, and some carnitas tacos that are incredible.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about how fun this place is in the evening as well – it’s the chillest and coolest bar in town in my humble opinion, and they’ve got great drinks. It’s high on our list of the best restaurants in Havana.

El Dandy | Calle Brasil #401, in Plaza de Cristo – Old Havana

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Courtesy of Cafe Bohemia

6. Cafe Bohemia

Escape behind a historic facade in Old Havana’s Plaza Vieja and you’ll find cool, colorful Cafe Bohemia, easily one of the best cafes in Havana. I’d normally avoid a restaurant in a high-tourist place like this, but Cafe Bohemia is an exception.

The breakfast options at Cafe Bohemia are filling, with plates offering eggs, meat, fruits, and more, and they have great sweets as well if that’s the kind of brunch you’re looking for! Whatever you order, make sure you get one of the fruit juices and coffee. Prices are a bit higher here than at other places on this list, but still worth a visit.

Travel Tip: Cafe Bohemia also has two gorgeous apartments to rent within the same building. Called Estancia Bohemia, these apartments are perfect if you’ll be in Cuba a little longer, or need more space and are traveling to Cuba with kids.

Cafe Bohemia | Calle San Ignacio #364, located in Plaza Vieja – Old Havana

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Courtesy of HAV Coffee & Art

7. HAV Coffee & Art

At the top of our list of the best cafes in Havana for its delicious, locally sourced coffee, HAV Coffee & Art also handily earns a spot on the list of the best places for brunch in Havana. They offer a variety of egg dishes as well as pastries, salads, juices, and more, all with organic, locally sourced ingredients. You’ll be back several times over the course of your Havana itinerary.

Make sure to come back in the evening – HAV Coffee & Art has expanded to the rooftop of this historic building and now offers a rooftop bar with stunning views over Old Havana and frequent DJ events. It’s one of the better rooftop experiences in Havana!

HAV Coffee & Art | Calle Jesus Maria #258 at Calle Compostela – Old Havana

8. El Cuarto de Tula

El Cuarto de Tula feels like the ultimate quirky and cozy neighborhood joint, with mismatched chairs and floral tablecloths. Their unfussy breakfast options are simple but delicious, including pancakes with honey, a variety of dishes with eggs, and delicious fruit juices.

This spot is located in Centro Habana – a neighborhood squeezed between the more popular Vedado and Old Havana. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re staying nearby, but it’s worth the walk even if you aren’t. They stop serving their breakfast and brunch menu at 11:00 AM, so make sure you visit early if you’re looking for these options.

El Cuarto de Tula | Calle San Lazaro # 1063 – Centro Habana

Carley Rojas Avila

Carley Rojas Avila is a bilingual travel writer, editor, content marketer, and the founder of the digital travel publications Home to Havana and Explorers Away. She is a serial expat and traveler, having visited 40+ countries and counting. Carley has written for publications like Travel + Leisure, MSN, Associated Press, Weather Channel, Wealth of Geeks, and more. Find her front row at a Bad Bunny concert, befriending street cats, and taste-testing every pizza in Havana.