Central Havana Neighborhood

Central Havana’s real estate is mostly residential – streets are lined with apartment buildings. Some have fallen into disrepair, but they still reflect Havana's eclectic architecture. This neighborhood has one of the densest populations in all of Havana.

Central Havana Neighborhood Best Things to Do

Visit to the Museum of Rum, Cuba
Visit to the Museum of RumHavana

Visit Museo del Ron with a professional guide. This tour culminates with a tasting of Havana Club, which is one of Cuba’s most well known rums, and it is ideal for making classic Cuban cocktails like mojitos and daiquiris.

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People and Society, Cuba
People and SocietyHavana

This guided tour takes you to places where you can see the art as well as the everyday lives of Cuban people. You can talk to locals during the tour, and get a good look at everyday life on the island.

2 km away
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Area Guide

Central Havana was a shopping destination before Castro’s revolution. The streets of San Rafael and Galiano (also called Avenida Italia) had popular department stores in the 1950s. You can still see these stores, and there is some revitalization happening in these retail centers.

Between San Martín and Simón Bolivar, you can find Barrio Chino, Havana’s Chinatown. This neighborhood borders Havana’s famous oceanfront Malecón Avenue. It is 5 miles (8 km) long and has cafes and restaurants that host live music performances. Take a lovely stroll along the Malecón at sunset.