- A walk down the Malecon waterfront
- Visit the emblematic Capitolio
- The China Town of Havana - Barrio Chino
- Visit the Tobacco Factory Real Fabrica de Tabaco Partagas
- Walking through the ver lively street of Centro Habana observing the colorful street life
Sights in Central Havana
Central Havana is noisy and bustling by both day and by night. This used to be a zone mainly inhabited by workers and the lower middle class. The monuments that adorn the streets here are important sculptures of great beauty and elegance!
Known as the, "city outside the walls" ("ciudad de extramuros"), "Centro Habana" symbolises a new era. Here, you can see how the architecture and lifestyle changed, including influences of other cultures that have left their landmark in this part of Havana.
Capitol of Havana
Although it was conceived in a time of great economic downturn, with a high cost of approximately $17 million, the "Capitolio" now stands as the pride of the Havana city's architecture. Building started in 1926. The Capitolio was first home to Houses of Congress. Today it houses the Academy of Science of Cuba and the National Library of Science and Technology.
Due to its stunning architectural features, the Capital of Havana is considered to be amongst the six most beautiful palaces in the world. One of its most valuable pieces includes the magnificent bronze statue inside, representing "La República". 15 meters high and weighing 30 tons, it’s surpassed only by the Nava Buddha in Japan and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
The other piece is a wonderful peplica of a diamond of 25 carat (which replaced the original for safety), located just beneath the imposing dome, from which all distances are measured in the country.
In 1847, a wave of Chinese came to Havana to work on the sugar and coffee plantations. Their shrewd business skills helped them to prosper quickly and soon they formed their own neighborhood within the city.
The "Barrio Chino" in Havana is located between the streets of "Amistad" and "Dragones". The first businesses were an inn and a fruit stand. Later followed businesses like laundries, restaurants and casinos - converting Havana Chinatown in one of the most important districts in the area.
At the moment, there are very few Chinese left but their descendants that have mixed with other races can be seen all over the area. Although the “Barrio Chino” has lost much of its authenticity, it retains some good restaurants, a few Chinese societies and an edited Chinese newspaper.
Great Theater of Havana
With its spectacular architecture, the Grand Theater of Havana opened in 1838, and became one of the greatest opera houses in the world. Admire its impressive facade, designed by the Italian Guiseppe Moreti. The four sculptures that guard the building represent Charity, Education Music and Theatre.
As one if the most important cultural institutions in Latin America, its stage has received many artists and internationally renowned companies such as Sarah Bernhardt, the Royal Ballet of London and the tenor Enrico Caruso.
Currently, the Grand Theatre offers performances of the "Ballet Nacional de Cuba" and many others. In the building there are different theaters, concert halls and visual art galleries. The "Gran Teatro" also hosts international festivals like "The Footprint of Spain" ("La Huella de España") and the "Festival de Ballet de La Habana". If you want to discover a new facet of Havana and enjoy one of the artistic representations, don't hesitate to visit the greatest Cuban Theater.
That is one of the most attractive streets in Havana. The lions that guard the street are bronze and have a fascinating history.
National ballet school
This is the most prestigious dance school in Cuba and one of the largest in the world. 4350 carefully selected students are trained here to become later part of the National Ballet. Interested people can go there to get informations about courses and workshops.
Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba
In order to understand the true African heritage of this Caribbean island, you should visit this fascinating place. Exhibitions and ceremonies related to "Santería"-cult and yoruba beliefs rooted in Cuba.
Fountain of the Indian
Beautiful fountain made in 1837 in white Italian Carrara marble.
Fun, Leisure and Sports in Central Havana
An evening on the Malecon waterfront
Just take a seat on the wall by the sea and enjoy the atmosphere. Cubans a very curious and you will get in touch fast.
Restaurants & Paladares
Restaurant "Prado nº 264"Authentic Cuban restaurant with simple but very tasty dishes. The decor is a little long in the tooth - see it as a little journey through time.
Restaurant "Tien Tan"One of the most famous Chinese restaurants in the "barrio Chino" district of Havana Cuba. The price of a meal is around 10 CUC.
Paladar "Doña Blanquita"In this private-run paladar-restaurant you get good value for price, overlooking the "Prado" Boulevard. Price for a dish: between 6-10 CUC. Recommendation: "Ropa Vieja".
Paladar "Bellamar"Family business that serves the typical Cuban Creole dishes, based on chicken, pork, but also fish. 7-12 CUC.
Clubs & discotheques
Bar "Nautilus"Bar in Havana with submarine look. Private atmosphere.
Bar "Prado nº 12"Here the clack simply stopped in the fifties.
Café Bar "La Logia"Nice café in the "Capitolio".
"Casa de la Música"One of the most important and most popular cultural locations in Havana. Almost daily concerts of current Cuban musicians and bands. With a little luck you'll see some Cuban stars.
"Cabaret Nacional"Very centrally located in the basement of the "Gran Theater". The evening starts with a small dance show and after you can dance to Salsa & Disco rhythm's. Only couples allowed!
- Capitol of Havana
- Great Theater of Havana
- Prado Promenade
- Tobacco factory
- National ballet school
- Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba
- Fountain of the Indian
- An evening on the Malecon waterfront
- Hotel "Saratoga"
- Hotel "Lido"
- Hotel "Caribbean"
- Infotur "Calle Obispo" (belongs to Central Havana but very near)
- CADECA - "Avenida Carlos III" / Corner "Calle Marquéz González"
- CADECA - "Calle Neptuno"/ Corner "Calle Consulado"
- CADECA - Hotel "Deauville": "Calle Galiano" / Corner "Malecón"
- CADECA - "Calle Zanja" / Corner "Calle Soledad"
- in the "Capitolio"
- "El Bulevar" - "Calle San Rafael" (many various stores - including souvenirs)
- "La Época" - "Avenida de Italia" / corner "Calle Neptuno" (clothing)
- Hospital "Freyre de Andrade" (as well called "Emergencias")
- "Hospital Hermanos Ameijeiras" (Centro Habana - "Calle Neptuno" / "Calle Marquez Gonzalez")
- especially for foreigners "Clinica Central" - "calle 20 nº4101" / Ecke "Avenida 41" (municipality "Playa")
- "Havanautos" & "Cubacar": "Calle Galeano" / Ecke "Calle Concordia"
- "Havanautos": "Hotel Deauville"
- "Gran Car" - vintage car rental (normally to find in the front of the "Capitolio")
- Restaurant "Prado nº 264"
- Restaurant "Tien Tan"
- Paladar "Doña Blanquita"
- Paladar "Bellamar"
- Bar "Nautilus"
- Bar "Prado nº 12"
- Café Bar "La Logia"
- "Casa de la Música"
- "Cabaret Nacional"