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    For a real taste of Havana, head to La Guarida

    You have a few weeks off and enough miles for round trip airfare. What kind of trip do you plan and to where? I’m in the mood for adventure and to explore something new that I haven’t experienced yet. The top destinations on my list are: India, China, Cuba, and Argentina. – Cristina Cote

    Photo: Sezgi Olgaç
    Photo: Sezgi Olgaç / @sezgiolgac

    Now that Cuba is more accessible than ever for Americans, it’s the time to go! There is plenty to see in the capital city of Havana and certainly, plenty to eat.

    With its brown stone balcony and domed windows, La Guarida is housed in a characteristically Cuban building. The restaurant, situated on the top floor of a building on Concordia—a street with pastel-colored buildings that intersects central Havana, Cuba—might look familiar to film buffs. Its rustic interior and mustard-colored walls provided the backdrop for scenes in the Academy Award-nominated “Fresa y Chocolate,” and the eatery has attracted hungry movie-loving tourists ever since. La Guarida might not have scooped an Oscar but it’s a long-time award winner, having won a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and honors from Luxury Travel Intelligence. The restaurant, which opened in 1996, is a popular haunt for couples who want an evening meal in a romantic setting. Food options include tapas, grilled calamari, deep-fried pork, and La Guarida’s trademark lemon pie. Prices range from $12 to $20 per meal. Just over a mile from the Museum of the Revolution, La Guarida is a must-visit for travelers to Havana—a vibrant capital with colonial architecture and a beautiful beach. Prospective diners can book a table online.

    Address: 418 Concordia, La Habana, Cuba
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