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Shopping

In addition to the shopping centres in most major cities, specialty shops and local artisans offer a uniquely Cuban shopping experience.

For the world’s best cigars, head to the tobacco heartland of Pinar del Río, where you can buy them straight from the source at the Francisco Donatien cigar factory. Or select a box of authentic Partagás or Montecristos at one of the many Casa del Habano locations across the country.

Cuba’s famous rum can be purchased in virtually any town. At the Arrechabala Rum Factory near Varadero, you can enjoy a bit of rum-distilling history too.

Equally famous is the island’s aromatic, organically-grown coffee. Prime coffee country centres around Las Terrazas in Pinar del Rio in the west; as well as the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountains in Santiago de Cuba, where the Archaelogical Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or perk up with some delicious Cuban coffee at Toa Ranch near Baracoa, where you can pick up a bag of beans after learning how to harvest them.

Cuban painters are world-renowned. Works of art can be purchased at private studios such as those in the sustainable village of Las Terrazas (in Pinar del Río province), which boasts a vibrant community of local artists. Baracoa, at the opposite end of the country is a seaside community with a distinct artistic flavour all its own.

In Havana, find one-of-a-kind crafts and clothing by joining a shopping tour, which stops at the Havana Libre Hotel Shopping Complex, La Flora, the Arts and Crafts Centre and the higher-end La Maison, which carries designer clothes.

Trinidad in Sancti Spíritus province is a shopper’s paradise, with colourful open-air markets all over town. A highlight is the Arts & Crafts Market, with its beautiful lace and textiles.

For local artifacts, look for the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales in most major cities.


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.