Craft Market Old Havana Interesting Places, Havana . Cuba
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- Avenidad del Puerto. Habana Vieja. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
Craft Market Old Havana
Havana’s craft market has just been relocated to the Centro Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito San José (19), an old warehouse on the harbourside. Inside, the stalls offer artwork and crafts, as well as souvenirs to remind you of some perennial Cuban obsessions: cigar boxes, domino sets, baseball paraphernalia and Havana Club-branded trinkets. Open daily 10am
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Craft Market Old Havana 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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“not very enjoyable ”
We stopped here as part of our tour and kind of figured it would be just the same kind of market with the same touristy stuff like in Varadero, which it pretty much is. The one big exception is that it is quite big and every single vendor hassles you to buy their stuff, which got old really fast. (as... More
“Ready, Steady, Haggle ”
A classic touristy place - but not in a bad way, as Soprano would say "it is what it is". There's every type of artwork, souvenir and jewellery. Use your head and you can find good bargains and some quality goods here - but you must haggle, it's expected. The phrase "solo estoy mirando" is vital here ! or you... More
“A huge handcraft market ”
It was a very big building with hundreds of mini stores which have the same products but with different prices. You should always ask for some discounts. Beware of the kids asking money, they are not violent but persistent.
“Great indoor market ”
Great place to go and get your souvenirs. Loads and loads of stalls all under one roof and the best thing was the air con was wonderful. Must have been a slow day when we were there as we were hassled but thankfully in a polite and friendly way! Certainly worth a visit.
“Nice, and cool.. ”
A large market,completely undercover. We found the it was quite a nice place to look around and pick up some gifts for ourselves and others. Sure you get hassled a bit,but it's more friendly than most places,and the ones who speak English enjoy a bit of banter and haggling. Though you can often knock a bit off by bantering just... More
“Place to buy souvenir ”
A touristy place selling locally made artworks, souvenir and paintings but you can find some quality stuffs here. A lot of the stalls are selling the same things so make sure you walk around for prices and bargain is a must! There is a 2-3 cafeteria inside, we had our lunch in one of the cafe it was nice and... More
“Best artwork and prices in Habana if you're considering purchasing ”
We spent an entire half day here going through the stalls. We were looking for some paintings for friends back home so we had a reason to hang around, but we thoroughly enjoyed it all. The market is inside a large building and has 100+ stalls showing paintings, handcrafts and other knick-knacks all of which can be haggled on price.... More
“Great for bargain hunters ”
This is a must for serious shoppers (we spent two hours here) but is sadly not included in some of the Havana tours. A good place to shelter from the sun with rows of stalls, good toilets, and refreshing fresh coconut water for $1 in the middle and try the great churro's for $1 at the far end. Wide variety... More
“Pick up artwork here ”
It is full of local art work which will blow your mind. Expect to bargain especially if you are buying more than one. Walk around the entire warehouse before buying even if they all call you into each section to check out their paintings. The further you go the more you see.Take a picture of the artist when you buy... More
“Really good ! ”
This is a very good place to shop ... lots of cuban artesania !! , good prices also... I will go back for sure... If you want to give a souvenir to someone or just a nice gift from Cuba this is the place to go. Enjoy !!
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