You can see most of Havana in 48 hours, but let’s say your time is limited, and you need some direction on where to go. Here is a list of places worth visiting on a short trip.
DRINK COFFEE AT O’REILLY.
First thing in the morning get your coffee from a local shop. O’reilly is a coffee shop in Havana Vieja. It is the Starbucks of Cuba. I am in love with the ‘cafe bonbon’ which is an espresso coffee mixed with sweet cream.
You can take Cuban coffee home from O’reilly. This is where I recommend getting your local coffee from, if you are not visiting a coffee farm.
HAVE A DRINK ON A ROOFTOP BAR.
One of the best places to meet other travelers is on one of the rooftop bars in Centro Havana. My favorite rooftop is on the top of Hotel Manzana. There is a great view of Havana, an infinity bar, and a nice seating area to relax.
CLASSIC CAR TOUR AROUND CUBA.
If you get to Centro Habana early enough, you have a prime selection of vehicles to choose from. The classic car tour is a great way to get your bearings around Havana when you first arrive.
I chose the Barbie pink Bel-Air.
I think it costed us about $50 to take the 4-hour tour around Cuba.
We went to revolution square, the malecon, the Beatles park, a tobacco store, and all around Havana Vieja.
HANG OUT ON THE MALECON.
The Malecon is the ocean wall around Havana. It’s a place where people go to chill, hang out, drink, and watch the ocean. We decided to rent another car in the evening and go to the Malecon. I’m so glad we did because riding in the classic cars is so much fun. We didn’t stay long on the Malecon, but it was fun watching the sun go down.
VISIT FAC NIGHTCLUB.
After we left the Malecon, we decided to hit the club. FAC stands for ‘Fabrica De Arts’ and it is an amazing nightclub that offers more than just strong mojitos. It’s located in an old cooking oil factory building, outside Centro Habana.
Enjoy art as you stroll through its multiple levels of art display.
Stop and watch a 90s music video in the grand ballroom, or catch a play or dance recital on the second level.
Sip on your drink while you shop in the little cubby hole stores that sell local items and gifts that support the Cuban art scene.
You can enjoy the art on display before heading to the patio bars to mingle with locals and other tourists. This was by-far my favorite evening in Havana!
VISIT ‘LA FLORIDITA’, HEMINGWAY’S FAVORITE BAR.
La Floridita is a tourist hotspot, but if you are a Hemingway fan, then you may want to stop and have a drink in one of his favorite bars.
Although the drinks were good, they were not very strong. Be aware of this in Cuba. The strongest drinks in the land are homemade or at FAC.
EAT DINNER AT LOS NARDOS.
Los Nardos is the best restaurant in Havana! There is usually a wait. Los Nardos is located in front of the capital building. We had a sufficient amount of lobster and vegetables and the best Sangria here! Most of the food in Cuba isn’t that good… I’ll be honest, but Los Nardos is extraordinary.
SIGN THE WALL AT LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO.
La Bodeguita is another famous location in Havana, known for its ties to Hemingway. It is located close to the cruise port, so it is always packed with tourists. I actually didn’t care to have a drink here, since we had drinks at La Floridita.
However, we did get to sign the wall before we left!