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Museum in Centro Habana

Museo de la Revolución

This museum resides in the former Presidential Palace, constructed between 1913 and 1920 and used by a string of cash-embezzling Cuban presidents, culminating in Fulgencio Batista. The world-famous Tiffany's of New …
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Café Laurent

Talk about a hidden gem. The unsigned Café Laurent is a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant encased, incongruously, in a glaringly ugly 1950s apartment block next to the Focsa building. Starched white tablecloths, …
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Doña Eutimia

Keep it simple. The secret at Doña Eutemia is there is no secret. Just serve decent-sized portions of incredibly tasty Cuban food (the ropa vieja – shredded beef – and minced beef picadillo both deserve mentions) fr…
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Paladar Los Mercaderes

This private restaurant in a historic building has to be one of Cuba's most refined paladares for ambience, service and food, both Cuban and international. Follow a staircase strewn with flower petals to a luxurious…
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Café Bohemia

Inhabiting a beautifully curated space in a mansion on Plaza Vieja, Café Bohemia manages to feel appropriately bohemian, but also serves great cocktails, tapas, and extremely addictive cakes.
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Espacios

Hipsters don't really populate Havana as yet, but if they did they'd probably seek solace in Espacios, a fabulously chilled and arty tapas bar and restaurant that occupies an unsignposted house in Miramar. Select fr…
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Taller-Estudio José Fuster

Where does art go after Gaudí and Picasso? For a hint, head west from central Havana to Jaimanitas, where Cuban artist José Fuster (b 1946) has turned his home neighborhood into a masterpiece of tiles, turrets and e…
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Fábrica de Arte Cubano

The brainchild of Afro-Cuban fusion musician X-Alfonso, this is one Havana’s finest new art projects. An intellectual nexus for live music, art expos, fashion shows and invigorating debate over coffee and cocktails,…
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Memorias Librería

A new shop for beautiful old artifacts, the recently opened Memorias Librería is Havana's first genuine antique bookstore. Delve into its gathered piles and you'll find wonderful rare collectables including old coin…
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Capitolio Nacional

The incomparable Capitolio Nacional is Havana's most ambitious and grandiose building, constructed after the post-WWI sugar boom ('Dance of the Millions') gifted the Cuban government a seemingly bottomless treasure …