1. La Guarida, Havana
What is it: This upscale eatery sits on the top floor of a dilapidated building in Habana Centro. Dine on contemporary Cuban fusion among old film paraphernalia in its three opulent rooms.
Why go: Well, if it’s good enough for Sting, Jack Nicholson and Prince Albert of Monaco…This is the granddaddy of Havana’s paladares, going strong for 75 years yet still fully booked most nights. The city views alone make it worth a visit, but luckily signature dishes such as papaya lasagna, suckling pig and chocolate fondant are equally impressive.