- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Address From: Oficios No. 12 e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
- Telephone: (537) 8324671
Description Restaurants: Al Medina, Havana . Cuba
At the Al Medina Restaurant the atmosphere takes on a special magnetism with the colorful tapestries and the captivating smell of sandalwood and jasmine. This restaurant specializes in Arab cuisine, and serves delicious brochettes and the typical Couscous, prepared with the finesse and touch passed down by Lebanese and Syrian immigrants who came to Cuba in the 19th. The Al Medina also serves international dishes. The restaurant also has the "Chawarma", an in-house cafeteria, a confortable bar, a shop specializing in Arab products, and roomy lounges that include two private rooms. The restaurant is set in an old house that, in 1689, was the San Ambrosio School of Humanities, and is now the ex
pression of Muslim influence in Spanish architecture in 17th-century Havana.
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Al Medina is located in Havana
Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.
The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.
The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.
Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.
Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.
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Al Medina opened a few years ago as a Middle Eastern restaurant housed inside a lovely 17th-century building which was formerly a boys school. The menu features a large collection of meze dishes, grilled chicken and other staple Lebanese dishes including falafel and humus. Good for a light lunch or dinner if you fancy a change. The courtyard is very pleasant to eat in.