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Havana Shopping Tour /Fashion Art & more

Rated 4.73 out of 5 from 11 reviews.Havana, Cuba

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Experience hosted by Alissa

3 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in German, English

What you'll do

I'll take you with me to explore the Cuban fashion world - a world that lies hidden of most tourists' eyes. You'll find a lot of possibilities to buy cloths and accessories in Havana, but without the insider's knowledge, it's almost impossible to find the pearls.
We will walk through the city and visit unique design and concept stores. This includes streetstyle brands, accessories and decoration brands. All stores are owned by Cuban entrepreuners that sell only local produced articles. We'll pass by a hip new streetwear label, that even got to know Barack Obama during his visit in 2016, an extravagant swimwear/lingerie house that is inspired by rococo elements and a traditional "salón de belleza" that creats perfums for the Duchess of Luxembourg - and far more. Handmade leather bags, accessories, decoration objects or even small art - we will see everything of it! By the end of the tour you'll have a great notion about the contemporary Cuban fashion and design scene. I'll invite you to a nice Cuban coffee during our tour. See more pics in IG @havanashoppingtours

PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING IF YOU'RE MORE THAN TWO PERSONS TO ADJUST THE PRICE

My additional offer is to put you in contact with designers that are not visibly present in Old Havana. Depending on your wishes, I'll introduce you to dressmakers, accessories designers, artists on a custom-made tour
I'll take you with me to explore the Cuban fashion world - a world that lies hidden of most tourists' eyes. You'll find a lot of possibilities to buy cloths and accessories in Havana, but without the insider's knowledge, it's almost impossible to find the pearls.
We will walk through the city and visit unique design and concept stores. This includes streetstyle brands, accessories and decoration brands. All stores are owned by Cuban entrepre…

What's included

  • Drinks
From $30
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Alissa

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 11 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hey guys,
I'm Alissa and I'd like to welcome you to the original Havana Shopping Tour! I was the first to introduce fashion and design experiences to foreign visitors, which are now one of the most booked (and most copied!) tours on the platform! I'm a freelance fashion historian (studied and trained in Paris, Munich and Havana) working and living in Havana. I'm maintaining a blog about fashion, nightlife and art (@srita.alissa and @havanashoppingtours). Together with a Team of professional photographs I produce fashion shoots, videoclips and interviews of Cuban designers for the social networks. Through my professional network I'm well connected in the local fashion scene, I know established designers as well as new labels, know the right places to go and enjoy my town!
Hey guys,
I'm Alissa and I'd like to welcome you to the original Havana Shopping Tour! I was the first to introduce fashion and design experiences to foreign visitors, which are now one of the most booked (and most copied!) tours on the platform! I'm a freelance fashion historian (studied and trained in Paris, Munich and Havana) working and living in Havana. I'm maintaining a blog about fashion, nightlife and art (@srita.alissa and @havanashoppingtours). Together with a Team of professiona…
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Where you'll be

My classical Shopping Tour will take you through Old Havana where we will visit various shops. The tour will be conducted by foot, since the Old Town is mostly a car-free area. We will spend as long as you want inside every shop, so that you can buy your precious pieces in a relaxed atmosphere :)
If you contract me for an individual visit of a designer, we will mostly visit their studio, that could be across the town.

Rated 4.73 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Jennifer
March 2020
Alissa to my husband and I on a personal shopping experience around Havana. She knew the names of each store attendant and recommended the best places to go to for clothing made directly in Havana, one of a kind jewelry made from old clock parts, and even stopped at cafe with us so we could get to know each other even better. There is also a very nice leather goods store that we couldn't go to because the owner had the flu- bummer that we missed it. Maybe next time!
Alissa to my husband and I on a personal shopping experience around Havana. She knew the names of each store attendant and recommended the best places to go to for clothing made d…
Sam
February 2020
Alissa was amazing. She customized the experience on the fly to accommodate all our needs. She is very friendly and genuinely cares about your experience in her hometown of Havana.
Diego
January 2020
Fun fashion tour 🙂 Alissa was nice enough to wait for me (an hour, yikes!) after I accidently mistook her time for a different activity! My fault completely 😅 She was so very kind, patient and understanding! She took me to her spots for clothes, gifts and art! We conversed about cuban life and I received many helpful tips/insights beyond the fashion🙂 (If it applies) I would just recomend if you are a guy to shoot her a message ahead of time as it seems to be a little more geared towards the ladies 😂 But even still, I still found myself a lot to buy and take home with friendly conversation along the way! Would recommend! There was only one place we couldn't visit and it was not the hosts fault; the store was having technical issues with the worker but still had a good time 🙂
Fun fashion tour 🙂 Alissa was nice enough to wait for me (an hour, yikes!) after I accidently mistook her time for a different activity! My fault completely 😅 She was so very k…
Matthias
January 2020
Es war eine tolle Tour und ich kann sie nur jedem empfehlen der was besonderes sucht. Außerdem ist Alissa eine tolle Gesprächspartnerin und ich habe viel über die Schwierigkeiten und das Leben in Havanna erfahren.
Brenda Johnson
January 2020
Alissa was very knowledgeable of artists and locally owned shops in Old Havana. It was a pleasure to learn about her life in Cuba and her vision of her future in the country. If you are looking for something specific, communicate this to Alissa. We visited several locally owned shops that specialized on hand made items, including jewelry, art, leather items, clothing and more. The perfume shop was amazing. Alissa's tour is about fashion and art, which she excelled in and I highly recommend this experience. End note: I would have liked to learn more about boutique food shops (if they exist) or even shopping out of the private spaces owned by the Cuban people who live on the street level and open their doors to customers. We saw this practice everywhere but didn't know much about it.
Alissa was very knowledgeable of artists and locally owned shops in Old Havana. It was a pleasure to learn about her life in Cuba and her vision of her future in the country. If yo…
Tiffiny
January 2020
Alissa did a fantastic job. She asked me beforehand about my preferences and was able to show me some items that I was interested in shopping for in Havana. She knows the city well and has great connections with the designers and shops. She has a passion to support the local businesses. You will not be disappointed - a great way to spend a few hours in Havana.
Alissa did a fantastic job. She asked me beforehand about my preferences and was able to show me some items that I was interested in shopping for in Havana. She knows the city we…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.

More tips

The Shopping Tour will take approx. 3 hours, but of course, it depends on how much time we will spend in each store, but please don't rush! There is even time for having a break in a nice café

What to bring

Please remind that the tour is conducted by foot since the Old Town is a car-free area - and: bring comfortable shoes, the streets of Old Havana are not made for walking in high heels. Don't forget to put on sunscreen!