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Cuban food has a bad reputation, probably created by someone who had one too many bowls of rice and beans while visiting the island. While this staple dish may often appear on dinner tables across Cuba, there are a lot of other authentic Cuban dishes that will have you going back for seconds.

The most important thing to note about Cuban food is that it is all organic, largely due to the trade embargo with the US which makes it difficult to access pesticides. It’s also very wholesome and unprocessed, and will often be built around a small amount of meat. Vegetarianism is still quite rare in Cuba, as meat is still seen as an essential part of the diet. However, as more tourists visit the country, the variety of food available is changing.

Things you need to know: Breakfast is included on all tours and holidays. This will usually be eaten at your casa particular and will be varied. Typical breakfast items include eggs, ham, toast, cereal, fruit and coffee. We recommend eating breakfast in your casa particular, but we can offer tips of local restaurants or paladares – from cheap and cheerful cafeterias to luxury private restaurants. Your tour guide will mention this during your orientation walk (included in every package).

Things to note: Despite Cuba’s reputation for bad food, you won’t go hungry if you know the right places to eat! Vegetarians and vegans may struggle to find as many options as their omnivorous travel buddies, but rest assured that your casa particular owner will go out of their way to make sure you are catered for. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know in advance so we can forewarn your case owner.

Rice is used more frequently than potatoes, as it is more widely available. In 2014, potatoes were only available for one month and people waited in long lines to get their hands on them. Pasta isn’t very common in Cuba, but you may occasionally see street vendors selling spaghetti.

If you’re worried about getting your five-a-day while on holiday, you needn’t be, as fresh fruit and juice is widely available for around 3 Cuban Pesos (around 7p).

Tea drinkers be warned! The Cuban people are proud coffee drinkers, and with good reason, as they have some of the best coffee in the world. It is typically served in an espresso shot, and infused with Demerara sugar during the pulling process. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

For those with a sweet tooth, you will have many opportunities to try some delicious Cuban desserts. Brightly coloured cakes are common at celebration dinners, as are Cuban staples such as tres leches cake and flan.

Cuba should be named the cocktail capital of the world, as it’s the home to so many delicious options! Try a mojito, daiquiri, or Cuba Libre. Beer drinkers are also well catered for, as Cuba has many delicious beer options to choose from. Bucaneroa and Cristal are the two most popular and widely available, while some locals will swear by local beers such as Cacique and Mayabe. They’re all light and highly refreshing lagers, perfect after a day at the beach – we would recommend you try them all and pick your favourite!

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