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Havana, Cuba
Cine Yara is not only the principal movie theatre in Havana, it’s also considered the epicenter of activity of the Vedado neighborhood. The 1,650-seat-theatre hosts festivals such as the Havana Film Festival.
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Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
This beautiful baroque facade belongs to the Cathedral of Saint Christopher in Old Havana, Cuba. This classic cathedral occupies a prime position on a beautiful square in Old Havana. If you visit Cuba, be sure to visit this treasure with its...
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72 A, La Habana, Cuba
Since 1939, Havana's Tropicana Club has illuminated Cuba's nightlife scene with a strong latin music beat and beautiful dancers. Get the rum flowing, the dancers strutting and the music pounding, and a good time is guaranteed.
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y O, Vedado, Postal Code: 10400, Cuba, Calle 21, La Habana, Cuba
The drink- batidos (in this case one banana and one guava) - these are a beloved drink of the Cubans- a kind of fruit milkshake. Due to shortages in supplies the ingredients vary somewhat from vendor to vendor. The place - the poolside bar at the...
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Marina Hemingway, La Habana, Cuba
He would have had stiff competition from José Rodríguez Fuster who's colorfully tiled museum home and community make samba-ing out of Habana for an afternoon, a must cab ride. World renowned in his own right (see his work at Centro de Estudios...
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Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Wandering the streets of Habana Vieja, you'll see many things - bike carts selling vegetables, markets, pigs being delivered to butchers, lovers kissing, and gorgeous old cars just to name a few. What really brought a smile to my face was watching...
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Centro and La Habana Vieja, Malecón, La Habana, Cuba
The Malecon is Havana's famous seaside esplanade. It winds alongside Havana Harbour and stretches from Old Havana to Centro Havana. During the day, you'll find people along the Malecon selling fishing supplies and catching all sorts of sea life,...
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Calle 12, La Habana, Cuba
Everything in Cuba is worth looking at, and the Colon cemetery in the heart of Havana is no exception. Some heavy hitters are laid to rest here including baseball players, a chess champion, actors, soldier, presidents, and naturally, members of...
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Calle Luz 4, esq. San Pedro, La Habana, Cuba
One of Havana’s newer privately run eateries, Nao has a chic dining room with exposed beams and a large international wine collection. In addition to fritters, croquettes, lamb shoulder, pork loin, and a variety of seafood dishes, Nao serves a...
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y O, Vedado, Postal Code: 10400, Cuba, Calle 21, La Habana, Cuba
No trip to Cuba is complete without a visit to the landmark Hotel National. Built in 1930's, its seen a fare share of celebrities including Winston Churchill & Frank Sinatra. Go for a drink, coffee or watch a cabaret performance at the hotel's...
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Calles O'Reilly e Mercaderes, 108, La Habana 10100, Cuba
La Dominica restaurant in Havana has some of the best view of Havana city line as well as an amazing sunset. Book a table at the patio from where you can see the sun go down while enjoying blue curacao cocktails.
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Alamar, La Habana, Cuba
Visit Vivero Alamar an innovative cooperative organic farm to learn about farming in Cuba. You can buy fresh produce, sugarcane juice, jams & jellies. If you call ahead, they can prepare a nice lunch for you too!
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Malecón, La Habana, Cuba
The malecon (boardwalk), that spans for over 4.5 kms along the coast of Havana, it's a gathering place for people as the sun sets down. The breeze (which combats the otherwise overwhelming heat of the city), the fishing and not least important the...
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Havana, Cuba
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...
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Havana, Cuba
If you like to dance salsa underneath the stars and by the ocean, there’s no better place than 1830. For a small cover fee, you get a drink, hear live music and watch (or join!) some of the most expert casino, aka Cuban salsa, around town. Best...
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418 Concordia, La Habana, Cuba
La Guarida was hands down the best restaurant experience I had while in Havana. Located on a battered street, it was hard to believe there was a restaurant anywhere around. The building feels like you’re walking into a movie set, complete with a...
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Havana, Cuba
Plaza de la Catedral is where you will find La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Iglesia Catedral de la Havana or Catedral de San Cristóbal), a beautifully preserved baroque church built in 1727 that looms over...
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Doña Eutimia is located on a small side street off of Plaza de la Catedral. Reservations are a must at this bustling restaurant. The food here is Cuban. Must tries include the croquetas de Leticia, fish croquettes breaded and fried; the tostones...
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Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana, Cuba
Most trips to Cuba start out with a visit to the Plaza de la Revolución. I suggest having a guide with you when you visit the the city square, as it is sprinkled with many historical monuments and has a decorated past only a local Cuban could...
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Havana, Cuba
Plaza de San Francisco brings together a few of Havana's best attractions. It falls right before the Malecón's beginning in Old Havana, provides a great view for the port, and is just down the street from Havana's indoor artist market. The square...
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Havana, Cuba
Taking a walk down Obispo street in Old Havana can be quite the endeavor. Shops line the road, and tourists seem to be everywhere. At the end of the busy street, however, one of Old Havana's best plaza's comes to life. Plaza de Armas is host to a...
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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...
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Havana, Cuba
I was walking in Havana Vieja and ran into this gentleman selling Granma, the state paper. I bought a paper and asked if I could take his picture. His gaze penetrated my lens with a stare that told me he was and always has been proudly Cuban.
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Havana, Cuba
Havana's Barrio Chino is a surprising and unexpected gem of a place. Stop in for dinner at Tien Tan where you'll find Cuban-Chinese patrons enjoying dishes like tofu hotpot and other legit specialties from their extensive menu. Exploring this...
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Calle 26, La Habana, Cuba
Far from the touts and tourists who mob Havana Vieja is a bustle of a different sort: Fábrica de Arte Cubano is a multiplex of art set in a former cooking oil factory in Havana's residential Vedado neighborhood. From Thursday through...
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2111 Calle L, La Habana, Cuba
There's a trick to getting the most out of your Coppelia helado (ice cream) experience: You must queue. This massive ice cream palace is divided into a section for those paying in CUCs, the Cuban currency most tourists use, and several sections...
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We loved Cafe Madrigal so much that we returned three times in two days. By our third visit, the slightly gruff owner-bartender was offering us free tastes of rum and suggestions about where else to explore in the city. The cafe is one of those...
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Avenida del Puerto corner of Calle Cuba, La Habana, Cuba

In all honesty, Havana’s not the best place in Cuba to buy arts and crafts, but if this city’s the only one on your Cuba itinerary and you want to buy some handmade wares or artwork as souvenirs, then be sure to stop by Almacenes San...

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Calle Industria, La Habana, Cuba

No doubt that while you are in Havana you’ll be approached on the street by men and women who want to sell you “authentic” Cuban cigars. While the prices may be attractive and the cigars may look legit, you could have trouble at...

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Calle Industria, La Habana, Cuba

Even nonsmokers can enjoy a cigar factory tour; after all, the habano is one of the island’s most important exports. The tour, given in one of several languages (including English), takes you directly to the floor where workers roll cigars...

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458 Paseo de Martí, La Habana 10600, Cuba

Havana’s Grand Theater earned its name with its immense size and opulent interiors. It is now fresh off a two-year, inside-out renovation that restored it to its early 20th-century neobaroque beauty. Try to catch a performance of the...

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Havana, Cuba

Visitors interested in Afro-Cuban music, dance, and culture inevitably find their way to Callejón de Hamel, an alley in the Centro Habana neighborhood whose colorful paintings and mosaics make it easy to locate. Each Sunday at noon, locals...

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San Ignacio, La Habana, Cuba

Named for one of Cuba’s most famous modern artists, this cultural center presents exhibitions of contemporary art from Cuba, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Its permanent collection consists of about 1,000 works. In addition...

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Calle 26, La Habana, Cuba

This trendy, newish spot in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood started by Cuban music star X Alfonso is housed within a former factory and has something for everyone who loves creativity. Move from room to room to get a taste of photography and...

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entre N y O, Avenida 23, La Habana, Cuba

This (literally) underground jazz club is one of Cuba’s finest in terms of musical performances in the genre, though the venue itself is a bit worn from the years. But had you shown up for a show during the golden age of jazz, you’d...

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Havana, Cuba

Inaugurated in 1989 by none other than Fidel Castro, Cuba’s National Botanical Garden showcases more than 4,000 plant species, with much of the flora native to the island. Special sections feature aquatic plants, ornamentals and unusual...