- 25 Coolest Things to do in Havana
- Explore Old Havana on foot
- Discover Havana on a classic car
- Visit the Capitolio
- La Guarida
- Paseo del Prado
- Gran Teatro de La Habana
- Parque Central
- Daiquiri in Floridita
- Hotel Ambos Mundos
- Visit Malecón
- Dance at Bodeguita del Medio
- Go on a bicitaxi
- Visit Castillo del Morro for epic views
- The view from Iberostar Grand Packard
- One mojito a day
- Visit Plaza de la Revolución
- Plaza Vieja
- Plaza de Armas
- Learn more about the city’s history
- Travel back in time in Tropicana
- Go on a coco taxi
- Viñales day tour
- Visit Playa del Este
- Discover Havana at night
25 Coolest Things to do in Havana
Havana has recently celebrated her 500th birthday: 500 years of history are waiting for you to discover!
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Explore Old Havana on foot
Getting lost in Old Havana colorful streets is a must-do during your trip and the best way to discover it is on foot. Almost every corner is picture perfect, making it the perfect playground for instagram photos.
We highly recommend booking a tour of the city to learn more about its history.
Discover Havana on a classic car
Another must-do in Havana is enjoying a city tour on a classic car.
Old classic cars reconverted into taxis are known as almendrones and they’re from the 30’s-50’s. You will spot many Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Pontiacs including of course, convertible cars!
One great spot to find plenty of them is by the Capitolio.
Visit the Capitolio
During our days in Havana we visited The Capitolio for sunrise a couple of days – it was really cool to see how the daily routine starts in the most central location in the city.
Make sure to make friends with the local puppies, they will follow your steps in Havana if you let them!
If you want to taste the local cuisine in Havana, you need to go a paladar. Paladar is a type of restaurant run by self-employers, often from the same family.
The most famous paladar in Havana is La Guarida, located in Havana Centro. Make sure to book your lunch or dinner in advance as it’s quite small and popular after being featured in the movie Fresa y Chocolate.
Not only the food is delicious, the staircase is a photographer’s dream!
Paseo del Prado
Paseo del Prado is a large avenue that separates Old Havana from Havana Centro.
It’s a must-visit when in Havana, being a lovely boulevard with a lively atmosphere.
Gran Teatro de La Habana
Gran Teatro de La Habana has been recently renovated and it’s one of the symbols of Havana.
Havana’s cathedral is located in Calle Empedrado and it’s one of the best places to visit in Old Havana.
Are you ready for a non-wifi experience? That’s what you’ll get in Havana, and as scary as it may sound, it was quite easy to adjust to the non-data situation.
This doesn’t mean you will be 100% disconnected from the internet. You can buy data cards and connect to the internet at the parks – being Parque Central the most convenient if you’re visiting the surrounding areas of the Capitolio.
Daiquiri in Floridita
Floridita is another must-visit during any trip to Havana.
Floridita was Hemingways’ favorite bar back in the day and they proudly have a sign with the author’s quote “My mojito in the Bodeguita and my daiquiri in the Floridita”.
Hotel Ambos Mundos
Following Hemingway’s steps, you will get to Hotel Ambos Mundos, where the writer always chose to stay during his multiple visits before settling in Havana.
Malecón is popular among locals and tourists, and it’s bustling with people during the weekends.
You cannot miss it!
Dance at Bodeguita del Medio
If you plan to follow Hemingway’s steps, then you need to have a mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio!
Even if you’re not planning to drink, you need to pass by and check the atmosphere: there’s always live music, people dancing inside and outside in the street and lots of signatures in the surrounding walls of previous visitors that loved this place.
Go on a bicitaxi
Bicitaxi (bikecab) is one of the most common means of transportation in Havana.
Make sure to use it at least once. The best thing about using this type of transportation is the chance of having a chat with the driver and get to known a bit of the Cuban’s daily life.
Visit Castillo del Morro for epic views
Castillo del Morro (Morro Castle) is the fortress in the bay of Havana.
The view from Iberostar Grand Packard
We were staying at Iberostar Grand Packard, the newest 5* hotel in Havana.
Located in Paseo del Prado, this hotel is an absolute dream. It’s just steps away from all the hotspots like the Malecón, Old Havana and Havana Centro.
I really loved the views to the Malecón, Castillo del Morro and Paseo del Prado from the swimming pool on the 6th floor – it was the perfect way to end our days in Havana.
One mojito a day
While in Cuba it’s almost compulsory to try the traditional mojito – unless you don’t drink alcohol, of course!
This sweet cocktail is perfect for Cuba summery weather: the combination of sugar, citrus, mint and rum is so refreshing!
One of my favorite spots for a mojito with a view is the rooftop at Iberostar Parque Central, another great option if you want to stay in a central location in Havana.
Visit Plaza de la Revolución
Plaza de la Revolución had a notable role throughout Havana’s history.
This square is massive and it features a number of government buildings, the statue in memory of Jose Martí and the facades with the faces of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.
Plaza Vieja (Old Square) has been recently renovated and it’s the perfect place to have lunch in a restaurant terrace and admire the views.
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas is Havana’s oldest square and another must visit in Old Havana.
Learn more about the city’s history
Founded 500 years ago, Havana has a fascinating history that includes colonization, political changes, corruption and the figures of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Learn from the locals point of view.
Travel back in time in Tropicana
During our trip we also experienced the traditional cabaret show in Tropicana.
Despite being a very, very touristy experience, it takes place in a lush garden – which is a really nice setting for a traditional dinner! The show is a bit outdated, but that’s part of the charm they’re trying to achieve.
I guess you need to experience it by yourself!
Go on a coco taxi
Guess what? In Havana they have their own alternative to the tuktuks and they’re called coco-taxi.
With the shape of a coconut and a yellow design somewhat reminiscent of NYC cabs.
Viñales day tour
Viñales is just 2 hours away from Havana and it feels completely different.
Book a day trip there if you’re looking for natural scenery, wildlife and impressive limestone cliffs! It’s also the best place to visit tobacco plantations.
Visit Playa del Este
Because, are you really visiting Cuba if you don’t go to the beach?
Playa del Este is the nearest beach to Havana and it’s easily accessible on a day tour.
Discover Havana at night
In case you were wondering… Havana is really safe!
We arrived to Havana late at night but we didn’t want to wait until the next morning to explore the city. We asked our driver from the airport if it was safe to visit at night and he said it was the safest time of the day – do you know why? Because there’s no cars!
There are no crime rate stats available to support this belief, but from our experience – and always using common sense, there’s no reason to avoid visiting the city at night.
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