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Cienfuegos entre corrales y apodaca nº 61, La Habana, Cuba
Hotel Inglaterra, which is the oldest hotel in Havana and a fun spot for pictures if you enjoy retro signage!
416 Paseo de Martí, La Habana, Cuba
Old Car tour: Tour in an old time car (convertibles are more expensive. $100 for a two hour tour. Pick them up and negotiate at Parque Central, probably the widest selection and best prices. They may try to get you to stop for a cigar factory tour, say no; waste of time. Have spots you want to see
Parque Central: 267 Agramonte, La Habana, Cuba
OBISPO STREET – Area you’ve likely seen in all of the photos. Take in the colors, architecture, live music inevitably being played in the streets, and enjoy some churros or fruit from a cart to keep your energy levels high.
PLAZA DE ARMAS – for some souvenir and book shopping. If you want a little bit of Cuban film history, scope out one of the guys selling film poster/prints and prompt them with a few questions
Outside the City (15-20 ride)
Finca Vigía Km. 12 ½, La Habana, Cuba
- 10am to 4pm, Monday thru Saturday
- 9am to 1pm, Sunday
- $3 CUC per person.
Taxi from downtown Havana (about CUC$20)
There is no charge
Callejon de Hamel – random street with art, graffiti, etc. – really, really neat to experience
Callejon de Hamel, La Habana, Cuba
Colon Cemetery – requires a drive to get to, amazing above ground cemetery with tons of history, unique grave sites.
Hotel Nacional-Central and histroical hotel with a great, massive outdoor patio. View over the water and Malecon. The restaurant has reliably good Cuban food though it’s perhaps on the higher end.
y O, Vedado, Postal Code: 10400, Cuba, Calle 21, La Habana, Cuba
Lamparilla Tapas y Cervezas
Lamparilla, La Habana, Cuba
Ivan Chef Justo – A random off the beaten path square in front of an old catherdral. It’s away from the busy parts of the city while still in it, very pleasant spot to grab lunch or breakfast.
Aguacate 9, Esquina Chacon. Havana Vieja
Mamaine- The Cuban pancake I had (basically a crepe) was delicious, as was the coffee. I had both a cafe con leche and something called a BonBon.
El Dandy– Nice small bistro, great atmosphere, interesting drinks. Try their El Dandy beer
Dulceria Bianchini– A good place to have something to drink and a pastry while people watching in old Havana.
El Cafe-Serving all day brunch, El Cafe is a welcome addition to Havana’s restaurant scene. They also offer yummy sandwiches, fresh juices and some of the best coffee in town. Amargura #358 e/ Villegas y Aguacate Old Havana Tel. 78613817
Rio Mar – (Fahs) An elaborate ambienceits the perfect place to people watch. this paladar is the perfect place to sit and sip a pineapple mojito. They also have a decent wine selection (for Cuba) as well.
3ra y Final # 11, La Puntilla | Miramar, Havana, Cuba
La Casa– good icecream
Calle 30 | #865 e/ 26 y 41 Nuevo Vedado, Havana 10400, Cuba
Oreilly 304 –This small but busy paladar puts out the best tacos in Old Havana and the freshest seared tuna in a hipster atmosphere. They also have inventive gin cocktails and lemonades. The daiquiri was my favorite in Cuba. 303 O’reilly – bar/tapas place across the street from O’reilly 304, owned by the same people. Easier to walk into for drinks and snacks without a reservation. It’s on the second floor, and there is a large rooftop area definitely worth going up to.
O’Reilly #304 | Habana & Aguiar, Havana, Cuba
Santy– sushi restaurant located in Jaimanitas on the Western outskirts of Havana just shy of Marina Hemingway. They only serve seafood and the sushi, sashimi, Stone Crabs, prawns (“pintas”) and big caldereta seafood soup are great. You may want to bring your own wine as the selection here is very limited.
Calle 240A #3023 esq. 3raC, Jaimanitas
Quick: Cafe De Los Artistas
Calle Aguiar # 22 | Entre Peña Pobre y Ave de Los Misiones Habana Vieja, Havan
Drinks/ Tapas/ Rooftop Places
NAO – Move towards the Malecon to NOA Bar Paladar for some mid-day mojitos — This spot is set in a cute little alleyway close to a wifi source with an ocean breeze.
Obispo No 1 e/San Pedro y Baratillo | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
HOTEL AMBOS MUNDOS – Just before sunset, (Old Havana) which has stellar rooftop views overlooking the entire city.
Calle Obispo esquina Mercaderes, Old Havana, 12345 La Habana, Cuba
La Bodeguita del Medio – Come here for the mojitos! From the outside, this place looks like a dive bar. You’ll find people signing their autograph on the outside of the building and at all times of day it’s pretty busy.
Empedrado, La Habana, Cuba
ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S WATERING HOLE – End the night at El Floridita, a must-do for Ernest Hemingway fans as the writer frequented this now 100-year-old bar.
Obispo, La Habana, Cuba
Havana Libre Hotel – Go up to the rooftop bar in the afternoon for sunset or evening, it’s an amazing view of the city and the pina coladas were top notch here too. It feels like you are in a club from the 60s.
Calle M, La Habana, Cuba
Lamparilla tapas & cervezas– They serve Tapas and great beer
Lamparilla, La Habana, Cuba
sia kara– A small-ish, casual in the best sense of the word, funky, artsy place with great drinks and good an excellent small-bites menu
Calle Industria no 502 | Esquina Calle Barcelona, Havana 0000, Cuba
San Ignacio Esq. Muralla, Havana 10100, Cuba
cervecería antiguo almacén de la madera y tabaco– Down on the docks lies Havana’s largest brewpub, which makes and serves three Austrian-style beers in an old lumber and tobacco warehouse.***near us
y, Av. Del Puerto, La Habana, Cuba
taberna de la muralla
Plaza Vieja, S/N, Havana, Cuba
El Chanchullero– (Dinner/Lunch) it’s the entire 3 floors of this cosy town house type building.
La Imprenta -Its theme is an old printing press and there are various murals and old presses tastefully displayed throughout.
Calle Mercaderes No. 208, Havana, Cuba
(**BOOKED) Saturday May 5 at 8:00 El Cocinero – Great private restaurant located in parts of an old industrial factory. Reservations are recommended as the place is often fully booked. A slightly different menu on the rooftop bar to the restaurant downstairs. For Cuban standards, the food is excellent, especially in the downstairs restaurant. Very nicely designed space, both inside and outside. THIS IS RIGHT NEXT TO: FAC
(**BOOKED) Monday May 7 at 7:00 La Guarida – (Lauren J. Friend) fanciest restaurant in Havana, but so so worth it. The setting is on the roof of a building you would never expect, views and atmosphere are amazing. There is also a rooftop bar, just keep going up
Jazz Club La Zorra Y El Cuervo –
A phone booth upstairs and then there’s a great space downstairs with excellent music and atmosphere. We occasionally saw long lines to get in from say 8-10 at night, but if you go later at night you can walk right in.
Robert Fonesca plays every Thurs (potentially)
entre N y O, Avenida 23, La Habana, Cuba
Go back in time with a visit to the Tropicana Cabaret! The show has been going on since the 1930’s ! It was timeless entertainment full of glitz and glam. The cabaret reminded me of an old Vegas show and it was very entertaining!
72 A, La Habana, Cuba
vipHabana– avant garde bar w/ silent movies. Modern decor with vintage black and white movies playing on the wall of the two story high dining room.
Calle 9na e/ E y F No. 454, Vedado. Plaza de la Revolucion,, Havana 30600, Cuba
sangri-la (club- “best bar in Havana”)
bar dos hermanos– known for their mojitos
o Go : Tues, Thur, Fri
o also called “No le dias a nadie” (don’t tell anyone), funky place with a hipster Cuban crowd, contemporary place hosts gigs with different kinds of music
o TBD who is playing typically Funk Jazz
§ Raul Paz
§ Qba Libre
§ David Torrens
§ Polito Ibanez
Jardines Del 1830 – SALSA DANCING
o OR SKIP if too tired
o salsa concerts in exquisite gardens of colonial mansion facing sea
- Clandestina (Habana Vieja)- graphic/industrial modern designs tshirts
- Piscolabis Bazar– Café (HV)- unique bazar handcrafted & designer items and cafe
- Zulu Bolsos de Piel (HV)- recycled leather goods, bags
- Alma (Miramar) – A curated selection of goods handmade by Cuban artists along with vintage finds.
Calle 18, #314, e/ 3ra y 5ta, Miramar, Playa.
- Habana 1791 (HV)- handmade perfumes
- El Quitrin (HV)- embroideries & lace & Guayaberas (men’s Cuban shirts)
- Novator (HV)- Cuban hats
- La Maison (M)- clothes, jewels perfume w/fashion shows at night, piano bar/coffee shop/pool/garden
- Fabrica de Tabaco H. Upmann (Centro Habana)- famous cigar factory, used to make the Romeo & Julieta- most distributed cigar in the world after the Montecristo
- Agromercado 19 y B (Vedado)- best stocked open air farmers markets in the city
- Mercado Egido (HV)- huge indoor market
- Centro Cultural Antiguos de Almacenes de Deposito San Jose (HV)- giant warehouse facing the sea, typical souveniers
- Casa Del Habano (V)- in Hotel Nacional basement, rare coffee like the “Montecristo Deleggend”
- La Rampa / Calle 23- Wifi with card purchase, place to stroll, busy with bars, restaurants and places to dance
- Coppelia (V)- famous icecream shop built by Castro
- Museo de la Revolucion and Granma Memorial (HV)- cool museum with stuff from the revolution i.e. tank & yacht, gorgeous architecture
- Plaza Viejo (HV)- beautifully restored square which spans 4 centuries of architecture, once used as Havana’s largest slave market
- Proyecto Comunitario La Muraleando (Luyano)- street murals & installations