Cuba has long been a stronghold for tourism in the Caribbean, on account of its natural conditions, complemented by the added value of its wide range of gastronomic proposals, which summarize the heritage of various regions of the world.
The development of Cuban society itself is reflected by the countless culinary options and represented by such elements incorporated into the country's own traditions.
In Cuban cuisine Creole dishes freely mingle with Spanish, French and Italian food, to name just a few European influences.
The Far and Middle East are also included, by means of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Indian cuisine, which can be found in restaurants and coffee shops in the country.
One iconic eatery in Havana is the famous Bodeguita del Medio, which consolidated its role as the local food house par excellence in the new era of tourist activities.
Also known as “La B del M” it is located a few steps away from La Plaza de La Catedral, (207 Empedrado St.), a site visited by tourists seeking its Mojito, a drink made from a mixture of Cuban Light rum, mint grass, lemon, ice and sugar.
La Bodeguita's fame not only lies in her food offers, but also in the unique custom that leads diners to stamp their signatures, phrases and photos on the walls of the establishment, as an indelible sign of their Cuban sojourn.
Currently there are establishments with the same name in other parts of the world, such as Argentina, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, England, Prague in the Czech Republic and Gijón in Spain.
Inside Cuba franchises have been opened in provinces such as Matanzas (Varadero), Villa Clara and Santiago.
In Havana’s popular Chinatown, erstwhile prosperous Chinese enclave in the Americas, there are a number of restaurants offering a variety of dishes from that country.
Coupling it, European current cuisine modernity is well established here, ready to satisfy the most demanding cravings of visitors.