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...
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...
La Manzana de Gómez
This once-elegant European-style covered shopping mall was built in 1910 and was once the pride of polite Havana society. By the 1990s...
A couple of doors down from the famous Hemingway haunt of El Floridita, Monserrate is a Hemingway-free zone, meaning the daiquirís are...
The best-stocked grocery store in Habana Vieja sells everything from fresh pastries to baby's nappies. It's just off Parque Central and...
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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.