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City Life

A white beach set against a backdrop of shimmering turquoise water and cloudless sky is not Varadero's only attraction. The nearby cities of Cárdenas and Matanzas (the provincial capital) are known for their art, history and culture. In fact, Matanzas, dubbed the "Athens of Cuba" for its legendary 19th century artistic life, was also the birthplace of rumba.

Nightclubs & Bars

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.


Restaurants & Cafés

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.


Shopping

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.