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Top Choice Museum in Outer Havana

Museo Hemingway

In 1940, American novelist Ernest Hemingway bought the Finca la Vigía, a villa on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of Havana, where he lived continuously for 20 years. When he departed, tired and dep…
Gardens in Outer Havana

Jardín Botánico Nacional

Havana's curiously under-visited 600-hectare botanical garden suffers from an out-of-town location and poor transport links (get a taxi). It opened in 1984 after 16 years of development and is hailed for its collect…
Church in Outer Havana

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Havana is a city of many secrets but few are as serendipitous as the church also known as the Catedral de los Campos de Cuba (cathedral of the Cuban countryside), a diminutive ecclesial beauty built in 1760 in class…
Church in Outer Havana

Santuario de San Lázaro

You can make your own journey to the site of Cuba's biggest annual pilgrimage, tucked away in the village-like Havana suburb of Rincón. The saint inside the church is San Lázaro (represented by the orisha Babalú Ayé…
Vegetarian in Outer Havana

Restaurante el Bambú

This was once the only example of vegetarian dining in Havana, and has long been a leading advocate for the benefits of a meatless diet (a tough call in the challenging economy of Cuba). The all-you-can-eat lunch bu…
Rodeo in Outer Havana

Rodeo Nacional

In an arena in Parque Lenin, Rodeo Nacional, the biggest rodeo in Cuba, is held on Sundays (but not every Sunday, so check ahead). Rodeos in Cuba attract few tourists but are classic Cuban affairs and a great insigh…
Parrilla in Outer Havana

La Ceiba

La Ceiba is a thatched ranchón at the northern entrance to Parque Lenin close to where the galloping horse hustlers congregate. Come here for the parrillada (giant barbecue) and watch as selective meats send up arom…
Caribbean in Outer Havana

Las Ruinas

Once celebrated for its architecture (a modernist structure incorporating the ruins of a sugar mill), Las Ruinas had become a ruin itself by the 2010s. Work was in progress at the time of research to spruce it up an…
Cuban in Outer Havana

Casa 1740

One of Parque Lenin's quieter eating options is set in a small house south of the lake and is air-conditioned to replicate a chilly day in Canada. Food is straight up comida criolla (traditional Cuban). You can't go…
Cuban in Outer Havana

La Herradura

Indoor restaurant at Parque Lenin's Centro Ecuestre (horse center), which will deliver the goods if you've just been trotting around the trails. Their specialty is the rueda de pescado (a medley of different fish) a…