Guided (walking) Tours + Lunch


Guided (walking) tours + lunch are an ideal addition to our Drives and offer a unique opportunity to delve into the history and culture of Havana.

Guided (walking) Tours

Nostalgic Today works closely with Agencia de Viajes San Cristobal - as their full name is. The Cuban travel organization (founded 1995) was an initiative from La Oficina del Historiador de la Habana (the Office of the Historian of Havana) and is characterized by their historically-culturally oriented excursions. Their turnover contributes partly to an integral rehabilitation of heritage and social humanitarian developments in Cuba's capital.

San Cristobal has a team of guides with a high professional level, often graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana. Their training is focussed on knowledge of history, culture, heritage and environmental education. Their mission is to correctly interpret and communicate the Cuban heritage.

We believe that through this partnership with San Cristobal, our guided Drives gain a higher intellectual and professional content.
We admire the work of the Oficina del Historiador. Without the charisma and passionate devotion of the historian Mr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, today Havana had never known this splendor and glory, and that's what we want to share.

Lunch Options

San Cristobal offers the possibility of lunch in a number of representative restaurants; in restaurants that are part of the restoration project, as well as in private restaurants (paladares). The menus are very reasonably priced.

Restored restaurants (under the supervision of the Historian Office)

  • Restaurante El Mercurio - Plaza de San Francisco - International and Cuban food
    Perhaps, we do not show the restaurant enough honor, writing that the most special of Cafe El Mercurio is its location, but it really is an extremely unique spot. The setting is unmatchable.
    The magic lies in the tangible serenity of the square - with its basilica - going hand in hand with the vibrancy of the adjacent avenue and port. Perhaps there is no other place where you can get so close to Old Havana.
    You can have lunch indoors, sitting in one of the comfortable booths, or - if the weather and the crowd allow - have lunch outside on the terrace.

  • Restaurante Café Taberna - Plaza Vieja - Caribbean and Latin food 
    Apart from the freshly prepared meals and the people being present (staff, musicians, and clients), everything here radiates history. Starting with the building - corner Plaza Vieja - with typical Spanish colonial architecture to the musical hero who is honored every day in Cafe Taverne.
    Be(n)ny Moré started his career in the early 40s and brought the Cuban musical genre to a high level with his vocal expression of among others the Son and Bolero. He died in 1963, at the age of 43, and despite other artists in those days, he never wanted to leave the island, hence his memory still lives on in Cuba. 

  • Cervecera Antiguo Almacén de la Madera y el Tabaco - Avenida del Puerto - Cuban food
    The name says it all, actually, it is more a beer brewery (cervecera) than a restaurant, but apart from tapping a tasty beer, they also cook. A beautiful trendy place in a former warehouse of tobacco and wood. The eatery is pleasantly situated at the bay, giving lovely views and is near the large arts and crafts market.
    You can eat inside the brewery, or outside on its terrace.

  • Restaurant La Imprenta - Calle Mercaderes entre Lamparilla and Amargura - Cuban - Caribbean - Latin food
    Where more than a century ago a printing house stood, a restaurant - La Imprenta - has been built. You should take a moment to reflect on that, as well as for the historical heritage, but certainly also as for the stylish way in which the restoration was done. How thought was given to the design, an artisanal way, with not that many means.
    It is a rather spacious restaurant, but intimate at the same time. You’re sitting indoors, with the perception to be outside, due to the patio. La Imprenta is located in a busy and vivid street, in the heart of Old Havana, which you only notice going in and out. A good place to have lunch.

Private restaurants - Paladares

  • Cuba 54 - Cuarteles y Peña Pobre – Cuban cuisine
    Coming from the boulevard the Malecón, private restaurant Cuba 54 is located at the beginning of the district of Old Havana (next to Hostal San Miguel).
    If you have never been to a Cuban house before, Cuba 54 will show exactly how people would decorate and style their home. Forgings, earthenware jugs, stacked natural stones, and stained-glass work. Not only the interior, the lady of the house and staff also give something homely to the place. Then we have not even mentioned the homemade meals. An eatery closer to a Cuban home in Old Havana is quite hard to find.

  • Habana 61 - Calle Habana - Fish and Seafood - Cuban - Options for Vegetarians
    Habana 61 - located in the street with the same name - is a nice, trendy and casual private restaurant, whose popularity has increased rapidly.
    The restaurant is ranking very high on public opinion platforms. The success formula for a good reputation is worldwide; good value for money, good service, and good food. That’s what you get in Habana 61. Reservations can be useful, as the place is not that big, and the number of tables is limited. (Obviously, a reservation will be made for you in case you book a tour with lunch included). 

  • El Figaro - Aguiar y Ave de Las Misiones - Cuban - Spanish - International - Options for Vegetarians
    Close to the Museum of the Revolution, in a narrow historic alley; the Callejón de los Peluqueros (Hairdressers Alley) you will find the surprising restaurant El Figaro. Nicely preserved hairdressing attributes from the 1950s adorn the interior and honor the name of El Figaro, the Barber of Seville. The restaurant El Figaro is part of a social community project (you can read more about it here).  
    With a black marker, walls and ceilings are described with texts from guests. Lunch can be served outside or inside, in a cozy bohemian atmosphere.

 

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