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Best things to do in Havana

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

General Entertainment
“For its diversity and authenticity of the arts that are presented in this place.”
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Museum
“The Museum of the Revolution gathers material and collections related to the Cuban revolution. Former Presidential Palace, it was built between 1909 and 1920 to be the seat of the provincial government of Havana. President Mario García Menocal chose it to be the seat of the Executive. In 1974 it became the Museum of the Revolution and in 2010 it was declared a National Monument. Its more than 30 showrooms store around 9,000 pieces of different stages of the Cuban revolutionary struggle, lead by Fidel Castro. The exhibition rooms cover every stage of Cuban history. In the museum the actions of March 13 are set in their Palace stages. Even if you are not a person into politics, the architectural beauty of this building makes it worth a visit. The construction started in 1909 by initiative of General Ernesto Aubert , then governor of Havana. The project was carried out by the architects Rodolfo Maruri (Cuban) and Paul Belau (Belgian), while the construction phase was assumed by the General Contracting Company. The interior decoration was under the responsibility of Tiffany Studios. The building, designed from the canons of Eclecticism , took for its completion a budget that exceeded one and a half million pesos. Its floors and stairs were covered with Carrara marble. ”
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Cocktail Bar
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“This place can be very busy. If you love tranquillity, then stay away. But if you are looking for the most genuine Havana's culture and vibe, then do not miss out. It has been very famous, since its foundation, for the Cuban typical dishes, i.e. black beans, fried pork chunks and fried banana. Ernest Hemingway made it popular for becoming a frequent client and a lover of the Mojito cocktail they offer.”
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Cuban Restaurant
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“Only in Havana! The entrance to the city's most legendary private restaurant greets you like a scene out of a 1940s film noir. A decapitated statue at the bottom of a grand but dilapidated staircase leads up past lines of drying clothes to a wooden door, behind which lie multiple culinary surprises. La Guarida's lofty reputation was first fermented in the 1990s when it was used as a location for the Oscar-nominated film Fresa y Chocolate. Not surprisingly, the food is still up there with Havana's best, shoehorning its pioneering brand of Nueva Cocina Cubana into dishes such as rabbit pâté and oxtail risotto. Reservations recommended.”
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Point of Interest
“This beautiful venue used to be called the Great Theatre of Havana, recently renamed Alicia Alonso Theatre, after the prima ballerina for decades of the world renowned Cuban National Ballet Company. If you are interested in ballet or opera performances look out for the programme on the billboard. ”
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Cuban Restaurant
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“Its a wonderfull Bar. Also the entrance to the Old Havana zone. Meeting point very close to our hostel. ”
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Administrative Area Level 2
“The Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square), formerly the Plaza Civica prior to the Revolution, is worth a brief stop due to its historical significance. During a 1998 visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass in this famous square, and more than a million people have gathered here for Castro's speeches. Overlooking the square is the José Martí Memorial with a 109-meter gray tower and white marble statue of the Cuban national hero. You can browse the small museum here or take the lift up the tower for panoramic city views. Government buildings surround the square, including the Ministry of the Interior building adorned with the iconic image of Che Guevara. Address: Paseo y Calle 39”
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Museum
“Cuban and international arts!!! unique pieces from great masters to the most contemporary artists!!”
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Castle
“Morro Castle, named after the three biblical Magi, is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay in Havana, Cuba.”
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Point of Interest
“Very famous and beautiful Plaza, near to a lot of interesting things in the city.”
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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 ”
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Beach
“Santa María is the most popular beach among both Habaneros and visitors. It has lodgings, restaurants, watersports hire, grocery stores and a pharmacy. As with the other beaches, it boasts soft, white sand.”
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Park
“Surrounded by some of the most beautiful buildings in Havana. From here you can stroll down "El Paseo del Prado". A pedestrian walkway where locals as well as tourist enjoy the scenery. There are numerous bars anan spend your evening relaxing and taking in the ambiance of this metropolitan city.”
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Shopping Centre
“There are some brand shops on the last floor af the market, like Adidas H&M and some others”
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Plaza
“Also Know as the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, this church is one of eleven Roman Catholic cathedral in Cuba. and is nestle right in the heart of Old Havana”
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Spanish Restaurant
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“Super cheap restaurant with great quality in front of the Capitol... just be ready to do a short line”
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