Design Crush: Havana Vancouver’s Hot ‘n’ Tropical Makeover
During what feels like the hottest summer on record (our Vancouver weather amnesia strikes again!), the newly made-over Havana emerges to shower us in minty mojitos and exotic palm-leaf prints.
Havana restaurant has been a decade-plus institution on the Drive (Commercial Drive) in Vancouver with its signature patio and graffiti wall (the years of etchings and scribbled messages have formed what might be the most unique ‘wallpaper’ in the city). Oh and the mojitos, one mustn’t forget about the mojitos.
New owners recently revamped old Havana from top to bottom, decor to menu, and with its debut party last week, we got a first look at the new tropical breeze that’s been blowing into the space—and bringing with it palm-leaf prints, punchy pinks and more rattan than you ever thought you deserved!
Recipe: The Cubano Sandwich
As a special treat, we also scored the now-not-so-secret-recipe to the team’s new Cubano sandwich (dill pickles, yellow mustard and swiss with salty porchetta and honey ham), which is the perfect zippy hand-held to munch on between summer margs.
Co-owner Steve Thorp managed the restaurant’s redesign and said they were going for a look that mixes Havana and Mexico. Basically it’s the kind of place that pairs best with a tropical shirt featuring palm trees and piña colada prints. We need more of this.