Introducing the Paladar
Cuba’s food revolution began 20 years ago when private citizens were again allowed to operate family-run restaurants, or paladares. The rise of the paladar is leading to unprecedented innovations in Cuban cuisine and vast improvements in customer service. Some paladares are still family-run affairs offering traditional, delicious, down-home Cuban food. Other private Havana restaurants offer eclectic Cuban cuisine using organic produce and a fusion of international flavors, served up in magnificent settings with stunning artwork and expansive patios.
On our Cuban culinary tour we will dine at some of the finest paladares in all of Cuba. You will also have several free nights to choose your own paladar and sample additional Cuban cuisine options.
Cuban Cooking Experiences
Access Trips is pioneering culinary travel in Cuba by offering access inside local Cuban kitchens at top restaurants for the first time ever. You will have the opportunity to meet with talented chefs and mixologists at some of the top private Havana restaurants as they share the secrets to making authentic Cuban cuisine and cocktails. One of the many highlights of this tour is a Cuban cooking demo, exclusively for Access Culinary Trips guests, in one of Havana’s best paladares.
Another culinary highlight begins in Playa La Boca, just outside Trinidad, where we will purchase the catch of the day fresh from local fishermen. Later on, our fisherman turned chef will grill it up, Cuban-style, at his restaurant in Casilda. This is a fun and easy going lunch demo and the restaurant has an open kitchen – perfect for chatting with the chef while he prepares the fish we brought him from the market.
Rum-based cocktails are a highlight for many people visiting the Caribbean, and Cuba, the original home of Bacardi rum is no exception. You will have a mojito class with the bartender of one of the original (and best) private Havana restaurants. We will also visit El Floridita, a historic bar famous for two things: being the birthplace of the daiquiri and being the favorite watering hole of Ernest Hemingway. You will not only get a chance to taste a daiquiri at El Floridita, you will also meet a master mixologist who was a barman at the renowned establishment for 39 years and he will teach you how to make the perfect Cuban daiquiri for your friends back home!