Havana, Cuba – Traveler’s Guide

In this blog post I will be discussing things to do and places to go while you visit Havana, Cuba. There will be exert from things to see, nightlife, bars, attractions, museums etc.

Depending how you travel and see the sights Havana is possible to see it all by foot or car within 2-3 days. For my trip, we mainly walked everywhere due to the location of where we booked our stay, we stayed in Old Havana near the touristy side of town. I will advise if you do plan on walking bring comfortable shoes, in my trip alone we averaged over 10 plus miles a day walking back and forth.

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Orange is where the locals party at New Habana: several nightclubs and bars located here. Blue indicates the general tourist area: museums, castles, and shops located here. Stars indicate spots on my to do list.

You can easily knockout all the blue within a day of walking in between all the attractions. The orange area I recommend to visit for the night outs. A popular area is street Calle 13 “La Rampa” a street full of bars and clubs that the locals gather at. Along the coast people gather in the afternoons and late into the night to hangout and have drinks all throughout Malecon Avenue. Beautiful place to watch the sunset from a long day of sightseeing.

Restaurant 

  • Restaurante Santy Pescador
    • One of the only sushi spots in town. Far drive out to a small fishing village outside of town. If you are a food connoisseur then I recommend going there. Sushi was just recently introduced to Cuba.
  • Restaurante Habana Blues
    • Amazing food accompanied by Jazz music. Be sure to either book ahead or arrive early as this place gets packed quickly on the weekends soon after 8 pm.
  • La Flor de Loto
    • Great Asian/Cuban mixed food. Portions are huge and prices are cheap. You can literally have a feast for 6 CUC. Arrive early as well this place gets packed. We waited over 30 minutes one night just to get seating.
  • Paladar La Familia
    • Great place to grab some quick Cuban food in the tourist area. It’s more of a bakery in the middle of Old Havana. Great quick spot to grab some food.
  • Mediterranean Havana
    • One of the top rated seafood places in Havana. The food there is amazing and priced very well. I will warn that the wine prices are more expensive than the meals, ranging from 20 CUC and up.

Tobacco/Rum Stores

  • La Casa del Habano & La Casa del Tabaco
    • One of the only legitimate cigar shop in town. Several of them are located throughout town. Buy your Cohibas, Montecristo, and other big name brands cigars here. Only trusted source of true quality cigars.
  • La Casa del Ron y del Tabaco Cubano
    • Located next to Floridita bar. Has a great selection of rum and some name brand cigars. All priced standard reasonably.

Clubs/Bars

  • Fábrica de Arte Cubano
    • Hipster bar with a young crowd showcasing local art. It was closed when I went for renovations sadly. I only heard great things about it.
  • Submarino Amarillo
    • A nightclub where some of the waitress are famous Cuban actresses.
  • Tropicana
    • Famous club that’s been around for ages. Cover is expensive at 100 CUC per person. Picture old school Havana Nights back in the 60s.
  • Don Cangrejo
    • Awesome local club where locals visit often. Modern club with hip hop and reggaton music.
  • Casa de la Musica de Centro
    • Live performance of Cuban music at a nightclub. Weekends are the best time to go.
  • Terrazza – Havana Gourmet Restaurant
    • Nice restaurant with a bar. At the back, there is a hidden nightclub that opens around 9 pm, it gets packed closer to midnight. Bar in the back is called Asturias. Depending on the day pricing range from 5-10 CUC a person. Entry includes two free drinks each ticket if you split it in half. I typically ordered the mojito or you can get a bottle and 4 cokes for an additional 10 CUC.
  • El Floridita
    • Hemingway’s old bar hangout. Drinks there are super expensive. Expect to pay 6 CUC for the famous Daiquiri. Neat to look at, take some pictures, and move on.
  • Art Pub
    • Great little pub in the middle of the tourist area. Quite and not too loud.
  • Saint John’s Hotel – rooftop nightclub
    • Awesome nightclub on top of the hotel attracting both locals and tourists. Plays modern day hip hop, R&B, and Pop.
  • Calle 13 “La Rampa”
    • Main party street for the local, imagine a downtown with bars and clubs all throughout. Gets crazy packed as everyone gathers on the streets and bars. This is the place for the all-nighters.
  • Bar Monserrate
    • Neat little bar with live Cuban music. Good prices and drinks. Better than Floridita if you ask me.

Attractions/Places to Visit

  • Fábrica de Tabaco Partagas
    • Old location of Partagas factory, neat to look at and take a couple of pictures. At the front, there is a La Casa de Havana tobacco shop. Closest tobacco store to the capitol building.
  • Hotel Saratoga
    • Has a rooftop bar that allows you to view the whole city. Great spot to grab a drink, smoke a cigar, and enjoy the view facing the Capitol building. Highly recommend going there to unwind and relax.
  • Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro
    • Fort across from the harbor. Only means of getting there is either by taxi under the tunnel or by ferry. Boosts a great view facing Malecon and the ocean.
  • Museo de la Revolucion
    • Museum of the Revolution showcasing weapons and vehicles from the war era. You can easily see all the pieces with a stroll through.
      View from the rooftop bar in Hotel Saratoga
      Huppman Cigar Factory

      Mikey reading Hemingway to Hemingway
      El Floridita

      Mediterranean Havana

      Mediterranean Havana – Amazing meal

      Hotel Nacional de Cuba
      Typical afternoon lunch 

       

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Afternoon mojitos 

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Museo de la Revolucion

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