La Paella – an Unchained Melody

We found a splendid little oasis of calm called La Paella located at the Hostal Valencia, between Clles Lamparilla and Obrapia in Old Havana. We had walked quite some time from the crafts market down to the Cathedral Plaza and this was a great place to relax, cool off and recharge.


The restaurant’s design is typically Andalusian. The interior is dark and sombre.But at the heart, a beautiful courtyard flourishes with vines and plants and color.


An architectural Heathcliff.

The food was very good, really quite authentic but slightly meager in the chicken/ vegetable to rice ratio. However, the rice was very well cooked, sticky and not hard. In all the meal tasted great.


The Cuban trio came round and serenaded us.  I must say that these were best ones that we encountered in Cuba and boy we met a few. The lead singer had an incredibly delicate voice and we loved it so much that we had to request a CD.The whole atmosphere was great and we smiled when we heard a large group sing along to a wonderful rendition of Unchained Melody.


3 thoughts on “La Paella – an Unchained Melody

    1. Hey Maisa! Cuban trios hahaha I didn’t meet as many as I would of liked 😉
      Once songs are finished they usually pass the hat, or offer you a CD of their music for purchase. A good tip would be around 1CUC (0.5-1$) It’s totally discretionary though and if you have a particular song you’d like to hear request it and get your money’s worth!

      I hope this helps! Are you going to Cuba anytime soon?


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