? La Bodeguita del Medio famous bar-restaurant in Old Havana ?


La Bodeguita del Medio famous bar-restaurant in Old Havana is an icon of the Cuban traditions.  Because of its meals, music and mojitos cocktails. All its walls are covered by photographs of celebrities and the signatures of its visitors such as Ernest Hemingway, Brigitte Bardot, Errol Flynn, Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Diego Armando Maradona among others.

This restaurant is located in Old Havana a few steps from the Cathedral square. La Bodeguita del Medio is one of those places where you can live the Havana of the 1950´

How it was born

In 1942 the Spanish Angel Martinez bought out a small grocery store named “La Complaciente”.  He began to sell snacks and drinks.

At that time it was a small neighborhood market. Those kinds of stores (bodegas -is the word used for that small shops) used to be located at the corners of the streets but La Complaciente was located in the middle of the street.

Angel Martinez renamed the store as “Casa Martinez”. Its regular customers hardly distinguished it by that name. That is why Mr. Martînez decided to officially name it La Bodeguita del Medio.

Useful Information

Empedrado No. 207, Havana, Cuba +53 7 8671374

$$ – $$$ . Cuban – Latin Bar and restaurant

open from 8:00am-12:00am

A  menu to consider is the typical Cuba one

rice, black beans, pork shank or roasted in its juice, pork rinds, and fried plantains.

for the vegetarians :

rice, black beans, salad, and fried plantains.( Chatinos )

When you visit leave your mark by signing on the wall and keep their memory by enjoying their Mojitos!

For information contact La Casa de Ana 

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