Statue of Francisco de Albear
Thousands of people pass by his image every day, but few spare a glance for the marble statue of Francisco de Albear in a small square...
Colección de Arte Universal
Arranged inside the fabulously eclectic Centro Asturianas (a work of art in its own right), the Colección de Arte Universal exhibits...
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Arte Universal)
Exhibits international art from 500 BC to the present day on three separate floors. Highlights include an extensive Spanish collection...
A couple of doors down from the famous Hemingway haunt of El Floridita, Monserrate is a Hemingway-free zone, meaning the daiquirís are...
Established in 1830, this is Havana's oldest restaurant but a long way from being its best. The Spanish-themed food – which includes the...
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El Floridita information
Promoting itself as the 'cradle of the daiquirí,' El Floridita was a favorite of expat Americans long before Hemingway dropped by in the 1930s, hence the name (which means 'Little Florida'). Bartender Constante Ribalaigua invented the daiquirí soon after WWI, but it was Hemingway who popularized it and ultimately the bar christened a drink in his honor: the Papa Hemingway Special (a grapefruit-flavored daiquirí).
His record – legend has it – was 13 doubles in one sitting. Any attempt to equal it at the current prices (CUC$6 for a shot) will cost you a small fortune – and a huge hangover.