Top ChoiceCemetery in Vedado

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Havana's main cemetery (a national monument), one of the largest in the Americas, is renowned for its striking religious iconography and elaborate marble statues. Far from being eerie, a walk through these 57...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Centro Habana

Capitolio Nacional

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

Top ChoicePublic Art in Playa & Marianao

Fusterlandia

Where does art go after Antoni Gaudí? For a hint, head west from central Havana to the seemingly low-key district of Jaimanitas, where artist José Fuster has turned his home neighborhood into a masterpiece of...

Top ChoiceWaterfront in Centro Habana

Malecón

Malecón

The Malecón, Havana's evocative 7km-long sea drive, is one of the city's most soulful and quintessentially Cuban thoroughfares, and long a favored meeting place for assorted lovers, philosophers, poets, traveling...

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Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

If only every city had a cultural venue as wide-ranging, inclusive and downright revolutionary as Havana’s unique art factory. The brainchild of Cuban fusion musician X-Alfonso in 2014, this gallery/live-music...

Top ChoiceSquare in Habana Vieja

Plaza de la Catedral

Plaza de la Catedral

Habana Vieja's most uniform square is a museum to Cuban baroque, with all the surrounding buildings, including the city's beguiling asymmetrical cathedral, dating from the 1700s. Despite this homogeneity, it is...

Top ChoiceFort in Regla, Guanabacoa & the Forts

Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro

Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro

This wave-lashed fort with its emblematic lighthouse was erected between 1589 and 1630 to protect the entrance to Havana harbor from pirates and foreign invaders (French corsair Jacques de Sores had sacked the...

Top ChoiceBarbecue in Playa & Marianao

La Fontana

La Fontana, encased in a hard-to-find but beautiful house in Playa, is one of the best restaurants in Havana, a position it has enjoyed pretty much since its inception in 1995 (back in Cuba's culinary Stone Age)....

Top ChoiceSquare in Habana Vieja

Plaza Vieja

Plaza Vieja

Laid out in 1559, Plaza Vieja is Havana's most architecturally eclectic square, where Cuban baroque nestles seamlessly next to Gaudí-inspired art nouveau. Originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square), it was...

Top ChoiceTapas in Habana Vieja

Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

Havana’s best tapas bar might also be its finest all-round eating establishment, with food, presentation and service down to a fine art. Inside the loungy, romantically lit restaurant there’s plenty to look at as...

Top ChoiceCuban in Habana Vieja

Doña Eutimia

Doña Eutimia

The secret at Doña Eutimia is that there is no secret: just serve decent-size portions of the best Cuban food. Expect the likes of ropa vieja (shredded beef; there's also an interesting lamb version), epic...

Top ChoiceFortress in Regla, Guanabacoa & the Forts

Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña

This unmissable military park, included in the Habana Vieja Unesco World Heritage site, is arguably the most formidable defensive complex in Spain's erstwhile colonial empire. It's comprised of two strapping...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Centro Habana

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Spread over two campuses, the Bellas Artes is arguably the finest art gallery in the Caribbean. The Arte Cubano building contains the most comprehensive collection of Cuban art in the world, while the Arte...

Top ChoiceCafe in Habana Vieja

El Dandy

More stylish man-about-town than vain popinjay, El Dandy is an unpretentious cafe by day and a cool cocktail bar by night. A casual greeter shakes your hand at the door, efficient waitstaff take your order at the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Centro Habana

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Arte Cubano

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Arte Cubano

The Bellas Artes' 'Colección de Arte Cubano' houses purely Cuban art. Works are displayed in chronological order, starting on the 3rd floor, and are surprisingly varied. Artists to look out for include Guillermo...

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Museo de la Revolución

Museo de la Revolución

This emblematic museum is set in the former Presidential Palace, constructed between 1913 and 1920 and used by a string of Cuban presidents, culminating in Fulgencio Batista. The world-famous Tiffany's of New...

Top ChoiceArea in Habana Vieja

Calle Mercaderes

Calle Mercaderes

Cobbled, car-free Calle Mercaderes (Merchant's Street) has been extensively restored by the Office of the City Historian and is an almost complete replica of itself at its splendid 18th-century high-water mark....

Top ChoiceChurch in Regla, Guanabacoa & the Forts

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla

As important as it is diminutive, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla, which sits close to the dock in Regla, has a long and colorful history. Inside on the main altar you'll find La Santísima Virgen de Regla.

Top ChoiceFort in Regla, Guanabacoa & the Forts

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

This 18th-century colossus was built between 1763 and 1774 on a long, exposed ridge on the east side of Havana harbor to fill a weakness in the city's defenses. In 1762 the British had taken Havana by gaining...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...