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Destination Guide: Havana

Salsa, cigar-chewing domino players and quaint colonial charm
Havana’s paved plazas are hemmed by colonial buildings in a rainbow of bubble gum hues. Sip café con leche amongst mural-painted walls before dodging sea-spray on the esplanade. Delve into a labyrinth of cobbled side streets to discover family-run cafeterias and pulsating Cuban salsa bars.

Food and Drink

Feast on home-cooked fare or popular street food and ice-cold cocktails. Home-cooked, traditional Cuban food is served up at Havana’s family-run Paladar restaurants. For something quick, snap up sugary popsicles, peanut cones and bocadito de jamón (cured ham sandwich) from stands and wheelbarrows around Parque Central. Sip refreshing mojitos at pavement bars or sample frothy home-brew while people watching on Plaza Vieja square.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Take in Cuba’s history and relax to exquisite sunsets over the bay. Discover waterfront castles steeped in folkloric tales and stroll Old Havana’s broad boulevards and skinny colonial side-streets. The Malecon esplanade is the place to go for jaw-dropping vistas across Havana Bay at sunset. Marvel at Cuba’s street art, from handsome marble sculpture in Parque Central to the famous freedom-fighter murals in the Plaza de la Revolucion.


Browse vibrant street markets or chic boutiques. For hand-rolled Cuban cigars, local rum, rich-roasted coffee and CDs by Havana musicians, visit the lively street market by Havana’s Plaza de la Cathedral. On Calle Obispo you’ll find hand-stitched T-shirts and jewellery in a string of chic boutiques.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Salsa bars, live jazz and dancing the night away. Enjoy live music bars, jazz cafes and salsa joints in Old Havana and Havana Centro. Popular hotspots include the Casa de la Musica and Bar dos Hermanos where the party goes on – and the cocktails flow – until dawn.