Havana Shopping

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    Piscolabis

    by elsadran Written Jul 8, 2015

    I had wonderful, quality coffee in Piscolabis. Located close to Plaza de Catedral it is impossible not to catch your eye, if you happen to pass by. Piscolabis is a combination of a coffee shop and an interior decoration bazaar. It also offers fresh juices, shakes and snacks.
    You can enjoy your coffee and have a look at the original handicrafts and souvenirs exhibited in the shop. All the items are made by local artists and are really well designed.
    The staff is very nice and the prices are good.
    Calle San Ignacio e/Callejon de Chorro y O'Reilly
    Plaza de la Catedral.
    Tel: 8646958
    San Ignacio # 75 % Callejón del Chorro y O'Reilly. La Habana Vieja. CUBA
    info@piscolabishabana.com

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    Almacenes San José Artisans Market.: All under one roof.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 3, 2015

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    Six years ago the open-air market near the cathedral was relocated to one of Havana's longest standing warehouses. Built in 1885 it has a steel base inside the concrete but still needed some 3 years of renovation work. An ideal spot for shopping as it has practically everything a tourist may want in the way of gifts and cheaper than the shops found around the capital. Of course "Che" t-shirts and Guayabera shirts, but also leather, wood and other arts and crafts on sale. Also musical instruments.There are a couple of cafés, a bank and also an office that will do the paperwork for any antique you may want to export. You may be lucky and be able to listen to a local band playing too. Alongside the building on the old tracks are some old renovated locos worth a look.

    What to buy: I found normal shirts at 12CUC about 25% cheaper than in the tourist shops around town.

    View across to the warehouse.

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    Fàbrica Pàrtagàs: Cigars of Cuba

    by gwened Updated Dec 18, 2014

    The long tradition of cigars or havano or puro cubano the cigars of Cuba,best are from vuelta abajo area in Pinar del Rio and then from vuelta arriba area in Las Villas(Santa Clara) areas. But to sell ,see,smell taste and buy there is no other than Partagas

    Founded in 1845 and after all still going strong. It is open Mon-Fri 9-11am and noon-1:30pm and tour cost about 10 CUC, better make reservation thru your hotel.

    producing around 5 million cigars a year. Throughout the day, you can stop in and buy cigars from the well-stocked shop, La Casa del Habano.
    http://www.habanos.com/article.aspx?aid=34&lang=en

    This house is the old mansion of Conde de Villanueva or Count Villanueva. More history here
    http://www.topcubans.com/cuban-cigars/history-of-partagas@18.html

    What to buy: cigars of course, the best in the world
    Cohiba and monte cristo to boot

    What to pay: you get the genuine cigars here so price is ok

    from park to F��brica P��rtag��s closeup Partagas factory not partagas but Cuban Cohiba Esplendidos
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    mercadillo by Malecon: market by malecon

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2014

    This is an artful market by malecon offering paintings by Cuban artists, souvenirs craftmanship items, second hand books , old coins and post cards.

    you can negotiate prices,and the items are all natural and originals. You have the info which needs to be updated as places sometimes change there. see the photo

    It is at the corner of malecon and D/E street, from 10h30 everyday except wednesday.

    What to buy: paintings by local artists is what draw us here but then we got all kinds of trinkets in wood

    What to pay: best prices negotiables

    mercadillo Malecon and D/E street Havana
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    Indoor Craft Market: Some of almost everything!

    by JessieLang Updated Dec 23, 2011

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    Havana has a very large indoor craft market in an old warehouse. There were aisles and aisles of paintings, jewelry and other local handicrafts.

    What to buy: I found a nice little Nativity set and some beautiful earrings.

    What to pay: It varies, but prices were reasonable--and negotiable

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    Havana Club Rum

    by Soozay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What to buy: If you have a chance be sure to purchase your Havana Club rum. Buy the silver(clear) kind if you plan on making your own mojitos when you get home. If you are buying the dark rum splurge and buy the 7 year one.

    What to pay: Cheap, cheap, cheap! Anywhere from 3 U.S. dollars for a small bottle to 15.00 U.S. for the 7 year rum.

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    World-famous Cuban Cohíba cigars

    by risse73 Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    The Cohíba cigars of Cuba are known to be one of the finest in the world. It is carefully produced using a unique fermentation technique that is only known by the original makers in Cuba. The Cohíba brand is well-regarded in elite global circles and the international jet-set crowd. It is the preferred cigar of Fidel Castro & his inner political circle. It seems like Fidel Castro made this brand of cigar famous among many global political players (e.g., presidents, etc.). This particular cigar developed some type of international following and a special "cult" status among elite power brokers.

    Definitely buy some if you are ever in Cuba. They make GREAT gifts, and the person you give it to will most certainly be pleased. It's an honor to be given a Cuban Cohíba. Although I don't smoke, I'm glad I kept one for myself as part of my souvenir collection and gave the rest away to happy recipients. :-) By the way, Cohíbas are available exclusively at select government-sponsored retailers and at government-approved boutiques/shops of upscale hotels in Cuba.

    The picture I've taken is from the La Línea 1492 Series: Siglo II - 5 1/8" x 42 (130 x 16.67 mm), Mareva, a petit corona
    [Technical info of Cohíba product line from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohiba_(cigar_brand)]

    Note: Don't go for those pseudo Dominican ones--taste and quality are most definitely NOT the same.

    A picture of my Coh��ba cigar
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    Rums of Cuba

    by risse73 Written Aug 13, 2009

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    The world-renowned rums of Cuba cannot be bypassed. The rums have a distinct taste and rich flavor to it, and therefore make a great drink on its own or an essential ingredient of cocktail drinks such as a Cuba Libre or a mojito, among others. The most well regarded Cuban rum happens to be the Havana Club brand, and they are truly smooth/fine & clean tasting. Definitely buy a few to take home for your own use or for gifts. They are available at fine Cuban hotel shops/boutiques.

    A stash of fine Cuban rums
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    Perfumería Habana 1791: Unique & Personalized Perfumes

    by risse73 Updated Aug 9, 2008

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    This old-world style perfume boutique and aromatherapy shop in the heart of old Havana is an excellent shopping destination for those one-of-a-kind gift for yourself, your loved ones and friends back home. It personalizes scents according to body type and chemistry as well as according to your own preferences. The packaging is elaborate and can be in bottles and ceramics encased in their organic cloth wrap. Some of the scents offered are: violet, lavender, jasmine, patchouli, etc. The store has a wonderful museum and old-world feel. Definitely visit this truly unique shop when you are in the area.

    What to buy: Custom-made perfumes

    Somewhere in Old Havana
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    ROMEO Y JULIETA: PREMIUM BRAND CIGARS

    by LoriPori Updated Dec 10, 2007

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    One of the stops on our tour was to a cigar store ROMEO Y JULIETA. After most of us piled into the small store it got pretty crowded. They did quite a nice business from our group as some bought boxes of cigars and some bought many bottles of Havana Rum.
    Romeo Y Julieta is a premium brand of cigar and is produced on the island of Cuba for Habanos SA, the Cuban state-owned tobacco company. The brand is exceptionally popular around the world. Sir Winston Churchill was perhaps its most famous devotee.
    Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

    What to buy: Premium brand cigars and Havana rum

    Entrance to Romeo Y Julieta Boxes of Cigars Shelves full of Cigar Boxes
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    FERIA DE LOS ARTESANOS: ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET

    by LoriPori Written Nov 26, 2007

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    An outdoor arts and crafts market FERIA DE LOS ARTESANOS is located close to the Plaza de la Catedral. After we had lunch, our tour guide gave us about an hour of free time, so many of us snooped at the market.
    Some beautiful original paintings depicting Havana images and old American cars, were on display here, for a very reasonable price - from small paintings which is easy to bring home to some very large ones.
    Also some beautifully made cigar boxes could be bought here as well as the popular Che Guevara t-shirts.

    What to pay: Don't always pay what they first ask for. Haggle for a better price

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    Artesian Markets

    by skatzcatz Written Apr 8, 2007

    The local Artesian MArkets near the Plaza De Armeas sell an assortment of local crafts, hand painted canvas's cuban cigars (probably fakes). A good place to pick up a bargain but be prepared to haggle.

    What to buy: handmade crafts, clothing, canvases, jewellry

    What to pay: bargain prices

    Artesian Markets Artesian Markets Artesian Markets Artesian Markets Artesian Markets
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  • don't buy at the airport

    by sybs Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    What to buy: when buying rum it's best to buy in Havana itself, not at the airport. It's also worth shopping around, prices vary slightly between shops. In the historic centre try the bottle shop within the Arab House, green building. It is also a great place to eat something different from pork and chicken, if you like arab food.

    What to pay: rum costs between 5 and 10 cuban convertible pesos depending on the age of the rum. 3 to 5 year old rums for mixing with soft drinks and the 7 year old for sipping on its own.

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  • MOst shops: Sun Screen

    by assmac123 Written Sep 24, 2006

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    Sun screen in the shops is oil..which is not strong enought to protect you from the scoarching summer sun..we had major problems trying to get sun tan lotion of a high factor in the shops there.

    What to buy: remember to bring high sun tan oil factors 20 -30 factor as you may struggle to find the lotion over there in the shops.

    What to pay: expensive

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    Drink juice to beat the heat

    by RoseAmano Updated May 18, 2006

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    What to buy: You'll find this brand all at the shops in different flavours and sizes. This 1 litre box was purchased at an international shop in Japan, and was quite inexpensive considering that imported foods are usually expensive! I was so surprised to see that Cuban-exported goods!

    cuban produced box juice
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