Cuban Culture Now
Collected by Alex Palomino, AFAR Contributor
Drink, dance, and philosophize "a lo Cubano" with these cultural highlights that take you from colonial architectural sights to contemporary Cuban art institutions. And, as always, live music and a cold mojito aren't far behind.
Buda Bar, on the other side of the Havana tunnel in Cabaña, is a meditation center by day and a bumping party by night. Go after 10PM from Friday to Sunday to hear anything but reggaeton, play domino, or get your future told by an Osho card reader...
83 Ripalda, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
Just being in Trinidad is an art experience in and of itself—the city is considered a UNESCO Heritage Site, and can thank the sugar industry's success for its elaborate architectural styles. Check out the Museo de Arquitectura Colonial for a...
Calle 25, La Habana, Cuba
For years, the only meeting place for rock and alternative music fans was along Calle G at the corner of Calle 23. Today, it’s open to more genres, but you can still find people who’ll share a good sing-along and deep conversation. Bring your new...
Calle A, La Habana, Cuba
The Pabellón Cuba is one Havana’s most longstanding and respected of contemporary art institutions. The airy pavilion houses large art expositions, music performances (with a stocked bar) and cultural fairs such Arte En La Rampa in July and...
Bartolomé Masó, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Most major cities in Cuba have a “Casa de la Trova”, a state-run music salon dedicated to folk music, but in a musical city such as Santiago de Cuba, this is a must-visit. The “troubador” music scene has been prominent in the country for the last...
307 Mercaderes, La Habana, Cuba
The Fototeca de Cuba may be small, but it houses the leading collection of Cuban photography. See a contemporary photo exposition at the gallery on the Plaza Vieja, and if you’re in town in November, look out for photography events throughout the...
Take a stroll down the famed Callejón de Hamel on any day of the week to see murals inspired by Afro-Cuban religion and culture. For the real deal, weave through the crowd of tourists on Sunday morning and witness incredible live rumba music and...
Edificio Gómez Vila, Plaza Vieja, Mercaderes y Teniente Rey, Mercaderes, La Habana 10100, Cuba
For only $2, climb the Gómez Villa building to get a quick demonstration of the rare camera obscura and the views of the city it reflects. Go out to the roof afterwards to take photos of the Plaza Vieja, El Capitolio, Regla or just the neighboring...
90 Calle Real del Jigüe, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
Come to La Taberna de la Canchánchara for its famous rum-lime-honey drink, stay for the live music and infectious atmosphere. Popular lore clams that the mambises, Cuba’s revolutionaries fighting for independence from Spain, created this warm...
Calle 13 Esquina I, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolucion, Ciudad de la Habana, 258, La Habana 10400, Cuba
Close to El Vedado neighborhood’s Calle 23 and the Malecón, this is one of the most famous places in Havana for the performance arts. People of all walks of life hang out amongst poetry, scenic arts, theatre and, on a good night, live performances...
Calle 17, La Habana, Cuba
Known formerly as the Textile Factory at F and 12th, the Submarino Amarillo is unlike any drinking establishment in the city. The shiny yellow and blue interior is full of Beatles paraphernalia, such as record covers lining the bar. Classic rock...
111, Obrapía, La Habana, Cuba
This museum was once the home and studio of famed Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín, who happened to be a supporter of the Cuban Revolution and painted Fidel Castro on several occasions. Exhibitions in the patio-like first floor feature...
Rubén Martínez Villena, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
Right on the Plaza Mayor, this colonial mansion houses the Galería de Arte, where you can see and purchase contemporary Cuban art, jewelry, and embroidery (a delicate craft which is very popular in the area). The building itself is a work of art,...
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