Lonja del Comercio

Architecture in Habana Vieja

Image by Diana Cabrera Hernandez Lonely Planet

This large box-shaped building on Plaza de San Francisco de Asís is a former commodities market erected in 1909. The building was completely renovated in 1996 by Habaguanex and today it provides office space for foreign companies with joint ventures in Cuba. You can enter the Lonja to admire its central atrium and futuristic interior. It also houses a cafe-restaurant, El Mecurio, named after the bronze figure of the god Mercury that sits atop a dome on the roof.