Top 10 secret places where Cubans hang out in Havana

Top 10 secret places where Cubans hang out in Havana

  1. King Bar: This bar is known for being one of the first gay bars in the city, but it is not an exclusive place, it is visited by all those who want to dance and party. It has a wide range of tapas and spectacular decoration. A night club that opens every day and that guarantees fun.
  2. El Diablo Tún Tún: Once a week, on Thursday afternoon, this nightclub opens its doors to la peña of Ray Fernández, a unique Cuban musician who mixes in his songs elements of the traditional trova, the new trova, the son and the Russian polka. This is the ideal environment to meet interesting people. It is the place most mentioned by the bohemian farándula habanera. You have to go.
  3. Parque Almendares: It is an urban forest that crosses the lands of four municipalities and is located on both sides of the Almendares River. It is ideal for riding a bicycle, sailing small boats and walking with your partner. But enjoying this place does not require company, nothing like listening to your favorite music or reading a book in the middle of a beautiful tropical jungle. It is also the venue for some music festivals, such as the Havana Worl Music.
  4. Café Mamainé: A coffee gallery built with materials recycled by its owner that fits all circumstances. Do you need to sit down and work for a while with your laptop? You can spend hours sitting at the tables outside without even noticing that there are other people there. Do you want to be relaxed, recline your back that hurts, talk with your partner? You can go up to the barbacoa, a kind of Cuban mezzanine. Do you want to meet your college friends? The music has the precise volume to not disturb. If you come from doing a bike ride, Café Mamainé keeps your bike while you relax. The chocolate or lemon cake and the arepas are the best in the city.
  5. El Arca de Noé: As it occupies a small space, at first glance it seems that it is a place like any other. But it is cozy, has great service, always the perfect temperature, and an offer of desserts for all tastes. It is the ideal place to sit down to talk and meet the Cubans in their facet of sweet fans. Around five in the afternoon it is common to see grandmothers buying sweets for their grandchildren; but on 7 o´clock , the youngs arrive directly from the gym to eat their last calories of the day. When you go, do not stop sitting on the swing outside, you will be five years old again.
  6. Parque Monte Barreto: This is an ecological park, a place for outdoor sports, running, horseback riding, yoga … An immense garden in the middle of Miramar, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. On Sundays some young people even play their own soccer leagues. It is ideal for celebrating birthdays and family picnics.
  7. EFE Bar: This bar is the new favorite place for fans of electronic music in the city. Every night, the producers of the underground scene meet with their fans. In recent years, Havana has fallen in love with djs. It has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, very urban and current. Get there, and feel there is good energy!
  8. La casa de la bombilla verde: This cultural cafe in the heart of Vedado, the most central district of the city, is the ideal place to relax with good music. The name of the place refers to a song by the great Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, let´s say the Cuban Bob Dylan. Every Friday and Saturday there is a show with a different artist in the middle of a cozy and vintage decoration.
  9. HAPE: This is not a place but a cultural collective, formed in Havana and that has spread to more than ten countries. They define themselves as creators of a space for experimentation, the truth is that they have managed to be one of the best electronic music parties in Havana that are not totally public or totally private. The notice that they are going to be celebrated is communicated from mouth to mouth. It is almost always celebrated in unexpected places, such as on the roof of a public building, or at the bar on the corner. It is the perfect space to interact with people from various countries and Cuba in an environment from another dimension.
  10. Salón Rosado Benny Moré de la Tropical: It is one of the most important stages of urban culture in Cuba. From the classics of popular music, such as Arsenio Rodríguez, to the most contemporary and followed groups, such as Los Van-Van, have been on that stage. Every weekend there is a different show, with some of the best bands of the national music scene. This place is your opportunity to practice those salsa moves that you have learned in Havana.

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