Must see shopping in Havana

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    Miramar Trade Center

    Cuba's largest and most modern shopping and business center houses myriad stores, airline offices and embassies. Look out for the offbeat art…

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    Bazar Estaciones

    This lovingly curated private shop sells some interesting and unique souvenirs (not the standard government-branded stuff). It's on the upper floor of a…

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    La Habana Sí

    This government-run ARTex shop opposite the Hotel Habana Libre has a good selection of CDs, cassettes, books, crafts and postcards.

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    La Puntilla

    A 20-year-old shopping center spread over four floors at the Vedado end of Miramar. By Cuban standards it's fairly comprehensive, if a little rundown.

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    Estudio Galería los Oficios

    Pop into this gallery to see the large, hectic but intriguing canvases by Nelson Domínguez, whose workshop is upstairs.

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    La Casa del Café

    For a range of coffee and a decent taster cup, pop into La Casa del Café, just off Plaza de Armas.

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    Museo del Tabaco

    At Museo del Tabaco you can see various indigenous pipes and idols and buy some splendid smokes.

  • Casa Guerlain

    Well, it's an interesting idea. This exclusive perfume parlor reopened on the same premises as the original 1917 shop and sells high-end perfume and…

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    Longina Memorias Cuba

    Part of the government-run Artex chain, the small, succinctly curated Memorias is where to come for a guayabera (men's shirt), a Museo de Bellas Artes…

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    Fayad Jamás

    This bookstore, a throwback to the 1920s, was refurbished by the City Historian to fit in with its Old Town surroundings. Editions are mainly in Spanish,…

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    Ediciones Boloña

    Small bookshop in the historic center that sells books published or sponsored by the Office of the City Historian. Most are in Spanish and track the…

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    Librería Rayuela

    This small but respected store in the bookish Casa de las Américas building is great for contemporary literature and CDs, and has some guidebooks.

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    Librería Luis Rogelio Nogueras

    Literary magazines and Cuban literature in Spanish at one of Centro's best bookstores, named for one of Cuba's finest post-revolutionary poets.

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    Egrem Tienda de Música

    There's a small CD outlet hidden here in leafy Miramar at the site of Havana's most celebrated recording studios.