Michelle takes us to her favourite cafés, theatres, and art & culture hotspots!
Thinking about going to Havana? Why not experience all that the Vedado district has to offer?
With many hotels in the area, there is plenty to do and see! Also, it’s only a short taxi ride away from Old Havana. Michelle from Hola Sun, The Cuba Specialist, takes us on a tour of the Vedado district and has tips for your next trip to Cuba.
Michelle stays at Habana Riviera by IBEROSTAR during her trip. This hotel is in an excellent location, with many small restaurants and cafes all within a short walking distance.
There is something for everyone at the restaurants, whether you wanted hamburgers, Italian, Lebanese, Spanish Tapas, coffee, or more traditional fare, all at excellent prices.
BelView Art Café
A roughly 30 minute walk will bring you to the BelView Art Café, run by an extremely talented German photographer. The walls are adorned with prints of his photos, and the space itself is excellently appointed.
An espresso and a plate of fresh tropical fruits (watermelon, papaya, guava, pineapple, orange, and banana) only cost 3 CUC. The brownies here are also excellent.
There are a few theatres in Vedado that you can go and catch a concert, stand-up comedy show, movie, or play. If you prefer to catch a jazz performance, you could visit the Teatro Melia, which is within short walking distance of the Habana Riviera.
There is a fantastic culture centre called Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Here you can find contemporary artworks, as well as concerts, and films.
During Michelle’s stay, the semi-finals for baseball between the Havana team and the Las Tunas team was occurring at the Estadio Latinoamericano, which is only a short walk from the Revolution Square.
If you have a chance to grab a ticket, we highly recommend going to a game while in Cuba. The passion for baseball in Cuba is just amazing!
Callejon de Hamel
When going to Havana, a stop to the Cayo Hueso neighbourhood (more specifically, the Callejon de Hamel) is a must. This is a small alleyway that showcases Afro-Cuban art and culture.
It is a bustling alleyway, full of music, dancing, and art. Every Sunday at around noon, there is a live performance of Rumba music, which you definitely won’t want to miss.
Sightsee & Chill
Old Havana is a short taxi ride away. For about 10 CUC, you can go from Vedado to Old Havana. Some of the best coffee you’ll ever drink will be from Havana at Café O’Reilly near the Plaza de la Catedral.
Looking for another way to quench your thirst? You can stop by La Bodeguita Del Medio for its famous mojito or El Floridita Bar for a daiquiri. Hungry? Head over to Paladar Los Mercaderes for some plaintain-based appetizers.
Havana is an amazing city full of culture and unique experiences. It’s almost impossible to see everything in one trip. Inspired to go to Cuba? Learn more by visiting holasunholidays.ca.