Another entry in the trendy Vedado dining scene, Atelier has a distinctly idiosyncratic layout, as it resides within an antique mansion littered with rustic typewriters, sewing machines, and sprawling couches that make it scarily easy to indulge in one-too-many Cuba Libres. Atelier aspires to bring a new level of excitement to Cuban dining, and offers dishes like conejo al vino (rabbit in wine) and duck confit, in addition to more traditional fare.
Quintessential Cuban charm seeps from the cluttered walls of this Central Havana restaurant, powered by chef Carlos Cristóbal Márquez Valdés. All that TGI-Fridays-esque wall flair manages to dodge chintz and remain charming, though. The restaurant looks like someone’s house, because it is someone’s house. The upstairs is an actual living space, while the downstairs hosts San Cristóbal. If you want upscale desserts in Havana, this is a safe (and delicious) bet.