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Havana bakeries in the 21st century
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

There is nothing more enticing than the smell of fresh baked bread coming out of the oven. When it’s warm, bread needs nothing else and it’s a pleasure to eat it just like that even though people keep telling you that if you indulge you will put on weight and your cholesterol will [read full story]

Havana Nighlife
by Sophia Beckman

The drinking scene in the city often disappoints tourists inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene and Havana’s decadence of longgone decades. The classic Hemingway haunts have become tourist traps and after midnight, Old Havana largely shuts down even while the Malecón is packed six-deep with locals and there are large queues outside some [read full story]

Loving the Streets of Havana
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Havana residents live out a large part of their lives on the streets. It’s kind of a reality show out there all the time. Their exuberance animates the city and it translates their uncontrollable zest into a formula for coping with all sorts of difficulties. There is no end of opportunity on the street; [read full story]

Havana’s birth
by Victoria Alcalá

The Templete is a small neo classical building constructed in the early 19th century to commemorate the first Mass and council held in the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana on November 16, 1519. Each year this event is celebrated by a series of commemorative events the most notable of which is the custom of [read full story]

An architectural stew
by Victoria Alcalá

Havana has always been a very cosmopolitan city, open to different influences. As a port city, it is constantly used to the comings and goings of fleets, of receiving people from every continent, some in transit and others arriving as conquerors or refugees from wars and conflicts; a few of these people succumb [read full story]

Colón Cemetery: A jewel of Havana
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

The majestic triple-arched portal at the point where 12th Street meets Zapata Avenue signals the principal entrance to Havana’s Colón Cemetery. This Romanesque-inspired portico, 34 meters long by 21.66 meters high, is crowned by a monumental Carrara marble sculpture group representing the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and was created by Cuban artist [read full story]

We’ll always have the malecón
by Eloy Castillo

During the long, suffocating, dark days of the Special Period, there were basically just three things to do in Havana in the evenings: drink that bitter sparkling wine that didn’t even come in a bottle, go with a couple of buddies to cool off in view of the sea by sitting on the Malecó [read full story]

Verano in Old Havana
by Victoria Alcalá

Planning ahead doesn’t seem to be very high on the list of virtues for Cubans, even though they do have quite a few. That’s why we go out into the neighborhood at dawn looking for a fuse to replace one that has just blown in our home, for a thermometer if it looks [read full story]

The Maqueta de la Habana – Mini me

There are few better ways to understand the geography of Havana than to see it all laid out in miniature form in the Maqueta de la Habana. It took me years to understand how the city fits together. A morning at the Maqueta and I would have saved myself lots of wild-goose chases! This is [read full story]

Havana’s Quinta Avenida
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Visitors to Havana are often stunned by the wide, palm-tree lined Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, after emerging from the narrow, winding streets of Old Havana. Coming out of the tunnel that connects Fifth Avenue with Calzada Street in Vedado, it feels like you have entered a completely different city. If the straight and level [read full story]