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Cuban Hidden Gems: The Day-to-Day Guide
ViaHero · March 23, 2018
Looking for the best places to see off the beaten path in Cuba? From dancing to drinks, and so much more, Cuba is packed with hidden gems. Once you give the article a read feel free to message us directly with any questions you have about taking the road less traveled
Here is this weeks list of specially chosen hidden gems:
Where to go: La Fabrica de Arte
It’s an art gallery/museum that becomes a nightclub and it's got a great vibe with a more alternative crowd. Only $2cuc to get in, which is awesome because
Where to go: Bertolt Brecht
More of an alternative scene for live music and drinks. Small and unpretentious, and generally a very cool, Cuban-hipster kind of vibe. Def worth a visit. There is a small bar in one room and in the other room a small stage which everyone gathers around. Wednesday nights are the
Where to go: Corner Cafe
A small, kinda whatever lounge in Vedado that I've usually only been to for after parties. Come here on Wednesday nights after
If you’re into fancy-pants lounges with all white furniture and neon lights, then you’ll love this place. Either way, you should check it out because it's a very different side of Cuba and fascinating in its own right. Who the heck are the Cubans who come here and pay $4cuc for a beer? I have no idea. But it's great people watching. I've only ever been on a Sunday at midnight when my beloved Interactivo (salsa/funk/fusion band) plays, and they are awesome. It's a smaller iteration of the band than what plays on Wednesdays at Bertolt Brecht, but they're equally awesome.
Where to go: El Cocinero
A very local spot- a good place to have a cheap drink with some Cubans. I've actually never been but everyone says its great, and there is food as well.
Where to go: Palenke
Around the corner from Chan Chullero, this is a good option for ice cold beers and more traditional Cuban food. It's not expensive and the vibe is pretty chill. If the line is too long at Chan Chullero, check this spot out.
Where to go: La Juliana
Wanna eat like a Cuban? Go here, because they all love it. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night munchies (open till 4!), it’s a pretty cheap, local Cuban restaurant. Every Cuban I’ve met says its one of their favorite places. Prices are listed in Moneda Nacional, so don’t be scared – it's still pretty cheap.
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