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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“arts and music mixed in the same place. amaizing environment. (normal clothes).”
  • 477 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn the history of Cuban Revolution. The museum's exhibits are largely devoted to the period of the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country's post-1959 history. ”
  • 152 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This was one of Hemingway’s favorite bars and his place of choice to sip a mojito ($4).”
  • 200 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“Ernest Hemingway lived outside Havana for twenty years, and naturally got much of the inspiration for his novels from the city—more specifically, from its bars. El Floridita, Dos Hermanos and La Bodeguita del Medio were Hemingway’s favorite bars when he lived there, and today they can be visited just like any other bar. Watch out though, as a few of them have turned into tourist traps. La Bodeguita was my favorite Hemingway-approved watering hole and still retains much of the subdued, authentic atmosphere you’d expect Hemingway probably loved. They have live salsa music, and also make a mean mojito, which never hurts.”
  • 209 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“Is one of the most characteristic postcards of the city. In the center of the square is the Jose Martí Memorial and around it are official buildings, whose facades are carved in steel the faces of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Gran Teatro de La Habana is a theater in Havana, Cuba, home to the Cuban National Ballet. It was designed by the Belgian architect Paul Belau and built by Purdy and Henderson, Engineers in 1914 at the site of the former Teatro Tacón. Its construction was paid for by the Galician immigrants of Havana to serve as a their community-social center. Located in the Paseo del Prado, its facilities include theatres, a concert hall, conference rooms, a video screening room, as well as an art gallery, a choral center and several rehearsal halls for dance companies. It hosts the International Ballet Festival of Havana every two years since 1960.”
  • 185 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“In a famous place, stopped in a classic Cuban film "strawberry and chocolate", you can enjoy excellent dishes of Cuban food in a unique space a few steps from old Havana.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Museum
“Cuban and international arts!!! unique pieces from great masters to the most contemporary artists!!”
  • 142 locals recommend
Castle
“El Morro Castle, otherwise known as “Castillo del Morro”, is a great starting point once you arrive in Havana. It’s situated on top of a rocky promontory at the entrance of Havana’s bay—it can’t be missed! It’s a massive fort with an equally impressive history. The castle was built starting in 1590 to protect Havana against military attacks, and also served as a watch post to keep an eye out for enemies (like pirates!). It is composed of 3 bastions linked by curtain walls, casemented barracks and also houses cisterns, a chapel, officer’s quarters, a wine cellar, stables, and dungeons. Today, El Morro Castle is used as a museum and can be visited for a small fee. Its fantastic views make it a great first stop, a short taxi ride from the city center”
  • 165 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There are some brand shops on the last floor af the market, like Adidas H&M and some others”
  • 72 locals recommend
Plaza
“It’s one of the most photographed spots in Havana and also the stage for official gala dinners and cultural presentations. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Landmark
“Very famous and beautiful Plaza, near to a lot of interesting things in the city.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“ This really is the place to go if you want to see the very best Cuban salsa bands. The Galiano venue quickly gained a reputation as the best venue for salsa after its opening in 2003. There is much more space in the Galiano venue than its slightly posher twin in Miramar which allows you to bar perch if you want to take a break from the dance floor. When the big bands play, covers go up dramatically but the frantic energy and packed venues make it worthwhile and an experience to remember. Less popular bands struggle to fill up the venue so it’s worth checking to see who’s playing.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Park
“Completed in 1877 after the city walls were knocked down, the park is bordered by El Prado, Zulueta, San José and Neptuno Streets. It is surrounded by significant buildings, such as the Gran Teatro de La Habana; the Inglaterra, Telégrafo, Parque Central and Plaza hotels; the shopping complex known as Manzana de Gómez; and the building devoted to international art of the Museo de Bellas Artes. In the late 18th century, the park was pretty much bare of trees and mostly paved. Trees, fountains and sculptures were added to the park after 1959.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This seaside boardwalk sits on the edge of Old Havana and El Vadado neighborhoods with access to many bars, restuarants, and ”
  • 112 locals recommend
University
“In Vedado is the University of Havana. On its steps there is a beautiful bronze sculpture "Alma Mater". ”
  • 85 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“This was one of Hemingway’s favorite bars and his place of choice to sip a mojito ($4).”
  • 200 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“In a famous place, stopped in a classic Cuban film "strawberry and chocolate", you can enjoy excellent dishes of Cuban food in a unique space a few steps from old Havana.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Big portions of good quality food at reasonable price in a bustling & efficient place.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“The open space at El Cocinero This is one of the big “ups” of the last months in Havana. El Cocinero is a cool and trendy bar located in Vedado in the building close to the iron bridge with the big chimney. The space is totally open, which may present a problem during the rainy season, but the owners are planning to open another dining space in a closed area on the premises. One can have a full meal at El Cocinero, but the place is better for tapas and drinks. Don’t miss it!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“At the heart of Havana, in the Callejon del Chorro, near the Cathedral, the Doña Eutimia palate mixes the modern and familiar. The restaurant's name is a tribute to Eutimia, a lady who lived across the square and who used to cook for the artists in the Taller Experimental de Grafica artists such as Fabelo, Choco, Nelson Domínguez among others. Those big Cuban artists remember her with much love due to the flavors of her kitchen and the affection with which she always treted them. That's the guideline of our work: to develop a Cuban, homemade, simple and loving food.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Characteristic Paladar, located a few streets from home, is located inside a building on the Attic floor, enjoys beautiful views of the city, excellent service and quality Creole food, innovative, offers delicious dishes, among them we recommend octopus with mashed potatoes. They also have an excellent bar, delicious Pina colada, and cocktails of the day to accompany this rich dinner.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“King Bar is perhaps the most centric bar in havana. Located in the popular 23 Street, their premises flaunt an alternative space designed to please all tastes.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“The former president of USA, Barack Obama, chose that place to have dinner with his family ”
  • 63 locals recommend

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