Cuba St's revolutionary cafe: Fidel's

At the top of eclectic Cuba Street, Fidel’s Cafe is an iconic eatery inspired by the 1950s Cuban revolution, and named after Fidel Castro - the man who led it

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Where

Cuba precinct

Location

234 Cuba Street
Wellington CBD

With its bohemian vibe, Fidel's is like a shrine to Cuba. Its walls are decorated in 1950s Cuba memorabilia and images, photos of Cuban street scenes and of Castro himself - typically smoking a trademark Cuban cigar.

With a vibrant and cosy indoor space, and two sunny, outdoor areas, the cafe pulls a diverse crowd of Wellingtonians drawn to its "good, honest food", and strong Cuban coffee.

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Fidel's is one of a number of Cuba St cafes that stay open late, but it doesn't dress up for the evening - its relaxed vibe continues into the night, along with its all-day menu. Cafe goers can choose from the extensive pre-prepared cabinet food, or opt for something from the menu: fried chicken, pizza, or carne asada (toasted beef sandwich). And wash it all with Havana coffee, or a Cuban rum if you fancy.

News of this Cuba Street institution made its way to none other than Castro's son, the late Fidelito, who visited Cuba Street and wanted to learn more about the cafe that carried his father's name. In town for business, the nuclear physicist met with Fidel's owner, Roger Young, who is affectionately known as the "unofficial mayor" of Cuba Street. They polished off two bottles of rum and many cigars over lunch, and afterwards, Roger took him on a walking tour of Cuba Street. Fidelito couldn’t believe that this tiny city at the end of the world was so interested in Cuban history. Viva Fidel's!

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