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Top Choice Theater in Cienfuegos

Teatro Tomás Terry

Sharing French and Italian influences, this theater on the northern side of Parque José Martí is grand from the outside (look for the gold-leafed mosaics on the front facade), but even grander within. Built between …
Top Choice Cemetery in Cienfuegos

Cementerio la Reina

A listed national monument, the city's oldest cemetery was founded in 1837, and is lined with the graves of Spanish soldiers who died in the Wars of Independence. La Reina is the only cemetery in Cuba where bodies a…
Top Choice Live Music in Cienfuegos

Patio de ARTex – El Cubanismo

A highly recommendable and positively heaving patio in Punta Gorda where you can catch son (Cuba's popular music), salsa, trova (traditional music) and a touch of Benny Moré nostalgia live in the evenings as you min…
Top Choice Seafood in Cienfuegos

Paladar Aché

One of only two surviving private restaurants from the austere 1990s, Aché has taken on the young new opposition and is still abreast of the pack. Interesting decor includes caged birds, the seven dwarfs re-created …
Top Choice Books in Cienfuegos

Librería 'La Fernandina'

This is the first shop in Cuba we've seen selling a (secondhand) copy of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four – a true revolutionary! As well as books, it stocks retro magazines, 1950s curiosities and other pieces o…
Park in El Nicho

El Nicho

El Nicho, an outlying segment of the Topes de Collantes Natural Park, is the name of a beautiful waterfall on the Río Hanabanilla and the protected zone that surrounds it. People come here to view the falls, swim in…
Historic Building in Cienfuegos

Palacio de Valle

The ultimate in kitsch comes near the end of Calle 37 when, with a sharp intake of breath, you'll stumble upon the Arabian Nights–like Palacio de Valle. Built in 1917 by Acisclo del Valle Blanco, a Spaniard from Ast…
International in Cienfuegos

Restaurante Villa Lagarto

The truly wondrous bayside setting at Largarto (the lizard) is emulated by the food and made even more memorable by some of the fastest yet most discreet service you’ll see in Cuba. With its excellent brochetas (shi…
International in Cienfuegos

Doña Nora

One floor up is a long way in these chunky, colonial Paseo del Prado houses, so the views from this busy little place, should you be lucky enough to bag a table by the balcony, are great for people-watching. Food is…
Waterfront in Cienfuegos

Malecón

Keep heading south on Paseo del Prado and the street becomes the Malecón as it cuts alongside one of the world's finest natural bays, offering exquisite vistas. Like all sea drives (Havana's being the archetype), th…