Where you can find Vegan Food in Havana

HAVANA, Jan. 28th One of the best places for good vegan food is at the casas particulares (private guesthouses) where you stay. Let your hosts know that you don’t eat meat or dairy products, and they’ll likely be able to prepareyou a plant-based feast. For breakfast, fuel yourself with café cubano (coffee), fruit, and toast with jam.

For lunch and dinner, you can opt for bean dishes made without meat, as well as rice, veggies, and tostones (fried green plantains).

An increasing number of restaurants serve vegan food, and Italian ones are leading the pack. If you’re pumped about exploring the restaurant scene, here are a few choice spots to get you started:

Línea Saludable
Located at Calle 17 and Avenida Paseo in Havana, this restaurant serves fresh juice, house-made vegan burgers, and even vegan pizza.

California Café
A Cuban-Californian fusion restaurant, California Café—on Calle 19 between Calles N and O in Havana—combines Cuban favorites like crispy plantain chips with American staples like chickpea-based veggie burgers.

Camino al Sol
This eclectic vegetarian spot on Calle 3 between Calle 2 and Avenida Paseo in Havana features pastas made from scratch, along with fresh juices and cakes.

More Tips
Bring Your Dictionary

It’s vital that you know the Spanish words for your favorite animal-free fare, as well as the animal-derived ingredients that you’re trying to avoid.

Below are a few helpful words and phrases.

Foods to order
aguacate (avocado)
arroz (rice)
ensalada (salad)
frijoles (beans)
fruta (fruit)
maduros (fried sweet plantains)
pan (bread)
papas (potatoes)
tostones (fried green plantains)
Foods not to order
carne (meat)
cerdo (pork)
chicharrones (fried pork skins)
chorizo (sausage)
huevos (eggs)
jamón (ham)
leche (milk)
pez (fish)
pollo (chicken)
queso (cheese)

iPhone users can also download the Veganagogo app to translate phrases on the go.