The Capitolio marks the beginning of central Havana, a working class neighborhood, where alot of buildings are almost in a total state of collapse.
On the other side of the street you will find Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas, one Cuba's oldest cigar factories, and Centro Havana ends at Havana's University.
Centro Havana is the place to capture the real life in Cuba's capital.
Don't miss it and bring your camera, but don't get robbed ;)
Centro Havana Tour
Centro Habana Tour is tailormade by Cuba-Junky.com
you the real part of La Habana.
official tour will show you this part of Cuba's capital
city Havana, and for Cuba-Junky its THE best part to wander around
besides Habana Vieja of course.
Print out the tour map and do this tour by yourself by uploading the video on your Apple iPod
though it begins in Old Havana, the Malecón (the
pier) is an area that was the face of Havana in the 50s.
Havana was then trying to emulate the great American capitals.
The pier wall is the ideal place to enjoy the salty sea
air, sit down and admire the sunset. Some of its best spots
are the view of El Morro, the dock where you can go by boat
to Casablanca and the area adjacent to El Vedado.
More about El Malecon
Callejon de Hamel
project, dating back to 1990, highlights the prevalence
of African influences on Cuban culture. It was initiated
by the sculptor and painter Salvador Gonzáles
who, together with a group of friends, decided to paint
a mural celebrating Afro-Cuban culture, reclaiming a public
space as a forum for what they see as both a cultural example
of community-based art. A rumba group gathers at the spot
at noon every Sunday at 12:00, and musicians as important
as Clave y Guaguancó and Los Muñequitos de
Matanzas have been known to attend.
Callejon the Hamel
Visit a market
Hided in the streets of Centro Havana you will find many little vegetable markets. A nice place to experience the life of real Cuba, seeing the Habaneros doing their daily groceries.
At these markets you can buy with Cuban pesos instead of the convertible pesos.
A absolute must do when your interested in the culture of the local life in Cuba.
Downtown Centro Havana you will find the ultimate Cuban Pizza. Made on a rooftop by Hector.
This is how you will get your pizza:
When nobody is at the street just shout HECTOR! and he will show up, tell him what you want, a large or small pizza, wait a few minutes and your pizza will come down in a basket.
You will pay about 7 CUP Cuban pesos (about 30 euro cents) for a small pizza about 30 cm.
Put the money in the basket and off you go!
Bon apetito :)
Hector's "Pizzaria" is located at Calzada Infanta / San Rafael.
Just around the corner of El Rapido
China Town - Barrio Chino
In the area bordered by Calles Dragones
Zanja, Rayo, and San Nicolás
has an active Chinese community and a number of Chinese
restaurants. A lot of Chinese restaurants can be found in
Centro Havana at 10 Cuchillo Street. The strip contains
10 restaurants that serve a full spectrum of Chinese dishes.
food in the restaurants in Chinatown is excellent in both quality
and price.These restaurants are private family owned businesses,
unlike most restaurants in Cuba that are government controlled.
This results in a much greater concern to serve the customer.
Meals are served within minutes of ordering and great
is given to the preparation of the food.
can enjoy an entire meal (with the exception of the more exotic
dishes), including soup, fried rice, a main dish and a drink for
no more than 4 cuc.
Average cost per person: 5.00 cuc 10
Address: Calle Cuchillo, Centro Habana, La Habana.
Reviews and tips by travelers about Centro Havana
February 15 2010
Name: Andrea Heinimann
Academia de baile “San Miguel”
Address: San Miguel # 569,
e/ Belascoain y Gervasio
Phone +53(0)7 2615572 or +53(0)7 8684377
I called this dance school when I got to Havanna and organized classes directly on spot. Very nice dance room! My teacher was Lachy (mobile +5352646321), a young enthusiastic salsa dancer who seemingly has a lot of experience teaching Europeans (speaks also a few words of German besides good Engish). He explains well and knows perfectly how to teach people who haven't grown up in a culture where people dance naturally from young age. So thanks to his teaching skills I advanced quite well in a week's private classes, plus it was fun, too!
Can only recommend this salsa-school!!