We booked a Havana city tour through Havana Journeys, which was great with communication about dates and times. They picked us up from our casa particular in Centro Habana and we began our day with Cafe Fortuna, which was a cool, eclectic cafe with hipster decor inside.
Cubans really know how to make a good sandwich.
We bought cigars from here, but later found that they were similar priced at the airport – if you are looking to buy souvenirs, just get them there.
We learned a lot about the history of Cuba.
We bought tickets here for the concert that night. Can’t go to Cuba without going to a live music concert!
The singers would walk around to your tables so you felt like you were a part of the show.
$5 breakfast at our casa particular.
The taxi driver that I booked came to pick us up in Trinidad and asked if we wanted to take a look at Cienfuegos, since it was on the way back to Havana. We pretty much had him for the whole day and could go wherever we wanted at no extra charge, so why not? Inside my head I was screaming with joy because I had researched about the city before, and it was nicknamed “the Paris of Cuba”.
The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 as a Spanish territory but was settled by immigrants of French origin. Since it was a coastal city, it became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. I love that there were so many beautiful buildings with French influence!
My favorite building.
There’s always music everywhere you go in Cuba.
We walked into a random restaurant because we were hungry and wanted a sandwich.
It was just a cheap, simple sandwich with ham, cheese and… tuna?!?! That sandwich ended up to be one of the BEST things we ate on this trip. For some reason it just worked. We should’ve ordered more. It’s called El Palatino, in case you ever want to check it out!
Back in Havana, we ate at an unlimited buffet place called Ana’s. It was recommended by our host and very affordable ($10 per person). All the meats were dry and salty… but the view of the Malecón was great. I would not recommend it.
BEST THING ABOUT NASHVILLE? HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN! Go there go there go there go there go there. We went twice on this trip and we only had 2 days!
We went to Puckett’s as per my coworker’s recommendation — I love how there’s always a live band at restaurants here!
After dinner we headed over to Honky Tonk Central because it’s the most touristy thing to do and we had to check it off the list!
It was actually pretty chill there, we grabbed some beers and sat down near the stage — the music was so good I didn’t want to leave.
Biscuit Love for breakfast. SO MUCH GRAVY.
Had a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation (photos not allowed inside) and ended up buying wine from their wine tasting!
Acme Feed & Seed — another casual restaurant with a live band.
Food was mediocre, but what we were REALLY here for was the rooftop view. Take the stairs all the way up for it!
We HAD to get more hot chicken.
Bolton’s spicy chicken & fish.
THESE RIBS WERE FINGERLICKING GOOD.
The hot chicken here was hotter than Hattie B’s. Be warned. Not as juicy as Hattie B’s though.
Next — Pepperfire Hot Chicken. Even hotter! But we still concluded that Hattie B’s was #1!
That’s it for our short/long-weekend trip to Atlanta & Nashville!
I loved Nashville for its live music, hot chicken and wall murals!