Café el Escorial

Cafe in Habana Vieja

Once the only cafe on Plaza Vieja, this state-run staple encased in a finely restored colonial mansion has been usurped by new private competition. Granted, the caffeine infusions are still pretty good – café cubano, café con leche, frappé, coffee liquor and even daiquirí de café are all available – but the cakes are often as dry as the service.