We sit over coffee in the beautiful restaurant that is Le Chansonier and start to talk about Hector´s love of Havana. What does he most like to do, where and when? But then the phone rings and its Miguel wanting to know when he can deliver the fish. Then it’s Maria asking him about the design of the table cloths. Then around 10 different people ring the doorbell asking about various things from antique clocks to chicken breasts and I realize we should have met at my house. But anyway, over another coffee and in between innumerable interruptions, we manage to make headway.
I leave an hour later – head swimming, wondering how this man manages to hold it all together. But this I can tell you: that his favourite other places to eat are Bien Estar, Doña Eutimia and Mama Iñez, his favourite café/bar is Madrigal, his favourite market is 19 y B and his favourite street-food place is Punto G. His other very favourite thing to do is to go to the beach at Jibacoa – an hour outside of the city; swim, walk and snorkel.
Then the phone rings again, simultaneously the doorbell – and I´m out of there! Its madness – but the sure thing I can tell you is that Hector Higuera adores this – his home city, Havana.
Photography by Olivier Prendes
Starbien: Calle 29 # 205 entre B and C, Vedado. Doña Eutimia: Callejon del Chorro, # 60-C, Plaza de la Catedral, Old Havana. Mama Iñez: #60, Calle Obrapia, between Calle Oficios and Baratillo, Old Havana. Madrigal: Calle 17, #809 (first floor), between Calle 2 and 4, Vedado. Punto G: Linea, between G and H, Vedado.