Havana has a unique and enchanting allure, like a glimpse into the past, set to a tune by the Bueno Vista Social Club.
It’s a mixture of colonial buildings showing various stages of age, dotted with local and boutique restaurants, most having patios and mixing delicious mojitos. When you’re sitting in the Old Quarter, it’s difficult to not feel like Hemmingway might have just left before you got there. The streets linger with nostalgic romance, like dried roses on an antique armoire, faded beauty which remains beautiful, but just in a different way. It always feels festive too, the people are so lively energetic.
The Absolutely Don’t Miss List:
- Fábrica de Arte Cubano – the coolest combination of art gallery, club, music venue, restaurant, and bar, we’ve ever seen with no second place.
- 304 O’Reilly – they have amazing craft cocktails, juices, and food. It’s a tiny place, but not one you want to miss – we had to go back several times.
- Sloppy Joes – it’s a restored relic of times long gone, a place worth having a drink.
Cuba itself can appeal to virtually anyone with classical Havana, the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Varadero, an authentic colonial experience in Trinidad, and the rustic appeal of Viñales, where the red dirt and tobacco plantations warm the soul.