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Beyond Cuba’s stunning beaches lie some of the Caribbean’s most intriguing cities. Each of the country’s urban centres exudes its own distinctive personality, from the Franco-Cuban elegance of Cienfuegos and the lively Caribbean spirit of Santiago to the world-renowned culture and heritage of the capital, Havana. Cuba’s cities boast great architectural diversity, offering up magnificent examples of colonial, pre-baroque, baroque, neo-gothic, neoclassical, art nouveau, art deco, modern and post-modern style. But it is the glorious mix of history and music, poetry and passion, adventure and astonishingly rich culture that makes Cuban city life so magical.


Nightclubs & Bars

Baracoa

Casa de la Trova Victorino Rodríguez

Casa de la Trova Victorino Rodríguez

The drinks and the changüí-son rhythms are cool at this local hotspot.


Camagüey

Mamá Inés Cafe/Bar

Bar Café Mamá Inés

A famous song gives its name to this cafe, located in the colonial area were you can also find some great shops and restaurants. At Mamá Inés one can buy good Cuban coffee to take home. At night the ambiance is fantastic.

Bar El Cambio

Bar El Cambio

Located in the city of Camagüey, El Cambio is a place worth visiting. Located opposite Plaza Agramonte, the establishment has a charming design and decoration with ceramic elements in its floor and ceiling.

Café Concert Gato Tuerto

Offers an excellent cuisine and cocktails along with prestigious artists playing Cuban music.

Located in Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución.


Cayo Largo

Recreational Centre La Movida

If you love good times and good music, this is spot for you. Kick up your heels with the locals and enjoy great Cuban salsa music along with great Cuban rum.

El Pirata Tavern

Enjoy recorded music and traditional Cuban-style rhythms at this friendly tavern. Open 24 hours.

Iguana Disco

For an evening of karaoke (as well as recorded music), head to the Iguana. Open: 10:00 pm - 5:00 am.


Granma

La Esquina Traditional Bar

La Esquina Traditional Bar

Enjoy an international cocktail or a Cuban concoction at this charming local bar in Bayamo.


Havana

El Floridita

Indulge in a decadent cocktail in the birthplace of the Daiquirí, yet another Hemingway favourite.

Havana’s Cabarets

If you’re in the mood for club-hopping, take in the lively floorshows at the cabarets located in the heart of Havana, including Capri, Caribe, Copa and Parisien.

Tropicana Nightclub

Nothing outdazzles the floorshow at this world-famous outdoor nightclub. Gorgeously costumed dancers salsa to the spirited live music performed by some of the finest Cuban orchestras.


Jardines del Rey

La Cueva del Jabalí

La Cueva del Jabalí

Hosted in a natural cave, this place features a cabaret show and bar.


Santa Lucia

Mamá Inés Cafe/Bar

Bar Café Mamá Inés

A famous song gives its name to this cafe, located in the colonial area were you can also find some great shops and restaurants. At Mamá Inés one can buy good Cuban coffee to take home. At night the ambiance is fantastic.

Bar El Cambio

Bar El Cambio

Located in the city of Camagüey, El Cambio is a place worth visiting. Located opposite Plaza Agramonte, the establishment has a charming design and decoration with ceramic elements in its floor and ceiling.

Café Concert Gato Tuerto

Offers an excellent cuisine and cocktails along with prestigious artists playing Cuban music.

Located in Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución.


Santiago de Cuba

Tropicana Santiago

Take in the dazzling floorshow featuring colorfully costumed dancers and live musicians at this grand cabaret that specializes in Cuban-Caribbean rhythms.

Hotel Casa Granda

Enjoy the Parisian-style terrace bar that was once frequented by the novelist Graham Greene.


Trinidad

Las Ruinas del Teatro Brunet, Maceo (Brunet Maceo Theatre Ruins)

Las Ruinas del Teatro Brunet, Maceo (Brunet Maceo Theatre Ruins)Enjoy the nightly Afro-Cuban shows at this club located in the ruins of Trinidad’s first theatre.

Casa de la Música

Casa de la MúsicaYou can hear excellent traditional Cuban bands here, whether you’re dancing with the crowds inside or sipping a mojito under the stars.

Discoteca Ayala

Discoteca AyalaThis unique club-within-a-cave plays a mix of disco-salsa music, very popular with the locals.

La Canchánchara

Its name corresponds to a Cuban cocktail, consisting of honey, lemon and “aguardiente” – considered the distinctive taste of Trinidad.


Varadero

Cabaret Cueva de Pirata (Pirate Cave Cabaret)

Cabaret Cueva de Pirata (Pirate Cave Cabaret)

For a night to remember, take in a floor show with a swashbuckling twist. This cabaret is built inside a cave.

Tropicana Varadero

Tropicana Varadero

Enjoy the Varadero version of the renowned open-air cabaret show, complete with colourful costumes and live music. Just 8 km east of Matanzas.

Mambo Club

Mambo Club

If you’re in the mood for some mambo, dance the night away to the energetic live music here.

Cabaret Continental

Cabaret Continental

Take in the elaborate floorshow with colourfully costumed dancers every day except Monday at this club located at the Hotel Internacional.

Bar Benny

Bar Benny

Club named after Cuba's most famous singer, Benny Moré.

Discoteca La Bamba

Discoteca La Bamba

This is Varadero's most modern video disco, located at Hotel Tuxpán in eastern Varadero.

Casa de la Música

Casa de la Música

This place has quality live acts and a definitive Cuban feel.


Villa Clara

Club Mejunje

Club Mejunje

This popular nightclub features an eclectic mix of entertainment, ranging from children’s theatre to traditional Cuban music.


Restaurants & Cafés

Baracoa

Fuerte de la Punta

Fuerte de la Punta

A converted fort, erected in 1803, now houses a restaurant.


Camagüey

Restaurante Luna Mar

Restaurante Luna Mar

If what you are looking for is some Italian flavor or a delicious fish dish, this restaurant with bar in Nuevitas, Santa Lucía is the right place.

Retaurante Don Ronquillo

Retaurante Don Ronquillo

Dine at this restaurant and bar specialized in Cuban and international cuisine, located in Camagüey city.

Restaurante Bucanero

Restaurante Bucanero

Indulge yourself with a delicious seafood dish or enjoy the Cuban and international cuisine at this restaurant with bar in Nuevitas, Santa Lucía.

Restaurante La Campana de Toledo/El Parador de los Tres Reyes

Restaurante La Campana de Toledo/El  Parador de los Tres Reyes

Savour exquisite Cuban and international dishes at this restaurant with bar located in Camagüey city.

Restaurante La Isabella

Restaurante La Isabella

Dine like a movie star at this cinema-themed Italian restaurant located on the site of Camagüey’s first movie theatre.


Cayo Largo

El Torreón

This friendly restaurant, with it’s decor evoking the days of pirates and corsairs, is a great place to enjoy traditional Cuban food and drink, a good cold beer, and lively music.


Cienfuegos

La Verja Restaurant

La Verja Restaurant

Dine in the former residence of the Fernández Cavada y Howart family, marine painters of great importance in the nineteenth century.

Teatro Café Tomás

Teatro Café TomásAt this bustling café located across from Parque José Marti, people-watching is always on the menu.

Palacio de Valle

Enjoy a wide selection of seafood at this eclectically decorated restaurant.


Granma

La Bodega

La Bodega

Savour a light meal with family and friends at this friendly Bayamo restaurant. Don’t miss the shows by local performers held here each Friday and Saturday evening.

Restaurant La Casona

Restaurant La Casona

Enjoy the view from this restaurant in Bayamo’s bustling Plaza de la Revolución.

Dinos Pizza La Popular

Dinos Pizza La Popular

Grab a slice at this popular Granma pizza joint that has locations in Bayamo and Manzanillo.


Havana

Coppelia (Vedado)

Savour a sweet treat at Havana's favourite ice cream shop.

La Bodeguita del Medio

Try the roast pork at this traditional Cuban restaurant, renowned for its mojitos. No wonder it was a favourite Hemingway haunt.

El Aljibe

Order a family-style chicken dinner at this popular eatery.


Holguin

Taberna Pancho

Taberna Pancho

Dine at this busy restaurant located near Holguín’s Hotel Pernik. It offers a budget-friendly menu with an array of options.


Jardines del Rey

Ranchón Las Coloradas

Ranchón Las Coloradas

With a seafood specialty, there is an additional bar-parrillada (grill restaurant) at the Parque Natural El Bagá.

Ranchón Playa Flamenco

Ranchón Playa Flamenco

Eat exquisite seafood, drink cold beer, swim and more.

Restaurant Sitio La Güira

Restaurant Sitio La Güira

The food here is fresh and plentiful, set in an old reconstructed charcoal burners' camp.


Las Tunas

La Bodeguita

Indulge in an international dish or a traditional Cuban meal here at this popular restaurant in Las Tunas city.


Pinar del Río

Casa de Don Tomás

Casa de Don Tomás

Listen to local musicians play traditional Cuban music while you dine at this enchanting restaurant. It is located in the city of Pinar del Río, in a charming cottage built in 1822.


Santa Lucia

Restaurante Luna Mar

Restaurante Luna Mar

If what you are looking for is some Italian flavor or a delicious fish dish, this restaurant with bar in Nuevitas, Santa Lucía is the right place.

Retaurante Don Ronquillo

Retaurante Don Ronquillo

Dine at this restaurant and bar specialized in Cuban and international cuisine, located in Camagüey city.

Restaurante Bucanero

Restaurante Bucanero

Indulge yourself with a delicious seafood dish or enjoy the Cuban and international cuisine at this restaurant with bar in Nuevitas, Santa Lucía.

Restaurante La Campana de Toledo/El Parador de los Tres Reyes

Restaurante La Campana de Toledo/El  Parador de los Tres Reyes

Savour exquisite Cuban and international dishes at this restaurant with bar located in Camagüey city.

Restaurante La Isabella

Restaurante La Isabella

Dine like a movie star at this cinema-themed Italian restaurant located on the site of Camagüey’s first movie theatre.


Santiago de Cuba

Restaurante El Morro

Restaurante El Morro

Savour a panoramic view when you dine at this restaurant situated on top of a coastal headland.

Restaurante Casa Granda

Enjoy the elegant décor as you dine on Creole and continental fare served at this restaurant within the historic Hotel Casa Granda.


Trinidad

Real Jigüe

Trinidad - Real Jigue

Try the Chicken Jigüe, a unique and delicious specialty of the house.

Trinidad Colonial

The house specialty is fresh Fish Fillet.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor - RestaurantEnjoy the Special Buffet or the Mar y Tierra Barbeque, quite a contrast of flavours within an old, restored house.


Varadero

Chong Wong

Chong Wong

If you have a craving for Chinese food while you're in Varadero, this is the place to come.

Casa del Queso

Casa del Queso

This restaurant specializes in French-Swiss cuisine.

Restaurante Kike-Kcho

Restaurante Kike-Kcho

Located at Marina Gaviota Varadero, this restaurant was built out over the ocean by designer Alexis Leyva Machad. It can seat 300.

Restaurante Esquina Cuba

Restaurante Esquina Cuba

Compay Segundo of the legendary music group the Buena Vista Social Club was a regular at this spot.

Las Americas Restaurant

Las Americas Restaurant

This eatery located inside of a converted villa is widely regarded as one of Varadero’s top restaurants.

Restaurante Guamairé

Restaurante Guamairé

Go ahead and try the spicy crocodile with pineapple, a specialty of the house.

House Capone

House Capone

Dine inside the former home of notorious mobster Al Capone at House Capone, now a restaurant that specializes in Spanish and Italian cuisine.


Villa Clara

Río Negro

Río Negro

Take a ferry over to this Creole restaurant on the Hanabanilla Lake.


Shopping

Baracoa

Taller La Musa

Taller La MusaThis shop located across from the Casa de la Cultura features original Baracoan art.  

Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales

Fondo Cubano de Bienes CulturalesPeruse the Hatuey woodcarvings and t-shirts with indigenous designs.


Camagüey

Mercado Agropecuario El Río

Mercado Agropecuario El Río

Stop by this lively open-air market located above Río Hatibonico and treat yourself to one the popular fresh batidos (fruitshakes).


Cayo Largo

The Cigar Shop (in the Boulevard)

Friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you choose from a fine selection of cigars, rum and jewelry at this shop, which features a Cava offering renowned brands of Cuba's famous cigars; an exclusive jeweler's; and a VIP room where you can enjoy an excellent cigar, accompanied by a superb Cuban rum.

Artisans Plaza

Artisans selling jewelry, woodwork, leather and a fascinating assortment of handmade crafts can be found throughout the area around the Boulevard.


Cienfuegos

El Bulevar

El Bulevar

If you’re looking to shop, head to El Bulevar, the primary shopping stretch in Cienfuegos.


Granma

Calle General García (Bayamo)

Calle General García

For local shops, head to Bayamo’s pedestrian-friendly main shopping boulevard lined with eye-catching murals.


Havana

Almacenes San José

Almacenes San José

Pick up handcrafted souvenirs made by local artisans here.

La Maison Fashion Show

La Maison Fashion Show

Browse the latest fashions in style by taking in an evening fashion show at the gardens of a colonial mansion. The show includes music, entertainment, bar service and shopping at La Maison.

Shopping Tour

Shopping Tour

Book a shopping tour that stops at the Havana Libre Hotel Shopping Complex, La Flora and the Arts and Crafts Centre to pick up crafts, clothing, souvenirs, cigars and rum. The tour also includes a visit to the higher-end La Maison, which sells designer clothes.


Holguin

Plaza de la Marqueta

This historic shopping plaza in Holguín is situated on the ruins of a former market. It is now home to modern shops, including a Casa del Tabaco.


Las Tunas

Puerto Padre Shopping Tour

Take a guided shopping excursion from Las Tunas city to the beachside town of Puerto Padre.


Santa Lucia

Mercado Agropecuario El Río

Mercado Agropecuario El Río

Stop by this lively open-air market located above Río Hatibonico and treat yourself to one the popular fresh batidos (fruitshakes).


Trinidad

Craft Markets

Trinidad’s markets are renowned. You can find everything from lace and clothing to woodcarvings and musical instruments.


Varadero

Casa del Habano

Casa del Habano

Also on Av 1 (at 60th), Casa del Habano is the place to come for a wide variety of Cuban cigars.

Centro Comercial de Hicacos Centre (Hicacos Mall)

Centro Comercial de Hicacos Centre (Hicacos Mall)

Browse through the shops and restaurants in this mall on Av 1, not far from the open-air artisans' market.

Centre Plaza América

Centre Plaza América

This massive international convention centre houses one of the country's largest shopping malls, complete with restaurants, boutiques and amusement centres.


Villa Clara

Independencia

Independencia

Stroll along this busy boulevard lined with local shops, including the handicraft purveyor Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales.