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Chocolate Museum Museums, Havana . Cuba

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  • Amargura y Mercaderes, Old Havana, Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
  • Open: Daily
  • Telephone: (537) 8664431
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Residence of the Counts of Lagunilla.

Inspired in the Royal Museum of the Real Square in Brussels, Belgium, and born thanks to the support of Madame Jo Draps, its director, this singular place in Havana offers a tour through the history of cacao, its harvesting, production and commercialization.

In panels placed in the museum's rooms are exhibited texts with the history of the chocolate, from its discovery by the Spaniards in America, and its use by the native population before the colonization. It also has posters showing different times and famous foreign and Cuban industries and enterprises related to the chocolate.

The permanent exhibition presents a collection of china cups for chocolate, from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, examples of the variety of designs in this pieces in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is relevant a French bow cup, used by men to drink the delicious liquid without wetting their moustaches. Bakelite molds and containers for comfitures donated by the Royal Museum of the Real Square in Brussels, enriched this collection. It also holds simple ceramic chocolate cups, pots, containers and large English bowls found in archeological excavations in the Old Havana. They evidence the presence of this kind of articles in the domestic and religious environment of Havana in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Chocolate Museum, inaugurated on November, 2003, is placed in the well known House of the Green Cross, former residence of the Counts of Lagunilla and starting point of the Saint Via Crucis procession.

Visitors can appreciate the techniques to manufacture candies, every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 a.m, or taste the delicious drink prepared either in the traditional form or in the Aztecs way.

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Chocolate Museum 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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Review about Museums: Chocolate Museum
Excellent Kal

Opened at the end of 2003 in the famous Casa de la Cruz Verde, once the residence of the Counts of Lagunilla. The museum is inspired in the one situated in the Royal Square of Brussels. The history of cocoa production can be followed on big panels and through written documents. Advertisements of chocolate producers are also to be seen, as well as pots, porcelain cups, recipients done out of copper, jugs, pitchers, wooden grinders, sweets and chocolate boxes... An area reserved for the observation of the fabrication process and an other one for chocolate tasting completes this amazing place.

Excellent Michalle

Although perhaps the title of 'museum' may be a little misleading, the Museo Chocolate is still very much worth looking out for. This is essentially a cafe and nothing short of heaven for chocoholics everywhere. Everything on the menu features chocolate in every way imaginable. Pull up a chair at one of the marble tables and enjoy a chocolate milkshake or hot chocolate, accompanied by a slice of delicious chocolate cake or maybe a plate of freshly made truffles.

Average Sissy M

“Nice chocolate ”
It is more like a cafeteria, it is usually full, so just pick some chocolates and get back in the streets to enjoy it!

Average Luke T

“Good chocolates, drinks average ”
Not being a chocolate drinker I had a bottle of water and a couple of the solid chocolates. The chocolates were very good with a good depth of flavour and not (surprisingly in Cuba) over sugary. My girlfriend has the drinking chocolate and wasn't too impressed but overall we had an enjoyable time there and returned to buy several selection... More 

Average eleni31

“Nice place in old Havana ”
This is a nice place where you can drink refreshing cold chocolate - which is good - and relax. You can also taste chocolate in funny shapes. We tasted milk and white chocolate but it was average. There was always a queue and you had to wait for at least 10 minutes to get inside.Last but not least the staff... More 

Average RobinThom

“Museo del Chocolate. ”
This is a cafe with a take-out counter through a separate door. I usually buy the Aurora chocolate bars they carry and haven't tried the truffles etc. There is a small outdoor courtyard in the back of the cafe that is a nice place to enjoy a cold chocolate milk on a hot day.

Very good BLOGAN1984

“Cheap and delish! ”
Could not believe how cheap this place was, especially given how it was state run (and we found state run equated to overpriced and below par food). We had a hot chocolate, a cold chocolate, an ice cream sandwich, and buttered toast... All for $2.35! It was all delicious. The service was some of the worse we had, but in... More 

Very good Wms3070

“Try the iced chocolate drink. ”
it is more if a cafe with some cabinets displaying chocolate moulds and other chocolate related artifacts to look at while you wait for your order. Good drinks and chocolates.

Very good The_real_reesey

“A cafe,not a museum ”
First of all,it's a chocolate cafe,not a museum. Your not going to get a coffee and panini here. A choice of small chocolates and a pretty good glass of cold choc milk ( 1pc) awaits. You will probably have to wait to get in,but it's worth a visit. And it has good air con!

Excellent JasonandLynz

“Refreshing glasses of cold chocolate milk ”
What a gem this place is. It's busy full of locals as well as tourists (so you know it's good if the locals go there) and there's plenty on the menus from hot chocolates, glasses of cold chocolate milk mixed with honey (think 1CUC each), chocolates shaped as animals, ice-cream & truffles. The museum element of the attraction are literally... More 

Excellent RonWamberal

“Best chocolate in years ”
Compared to supermarket chocolate or your normal café style hot chocolate, this is from another planet. Rich and full of flavour had to return a couple of times. Have to queue but it is worth it - a little attitude and the service is variable but the taste is worth it. Not really a museum but best to get a... More 

Excellent Jonathan D

“Not so much a museum but a nice cafe and chocolate shop ”
So there are two doors here. The one on the left is for the cafe which normally has quite a long queue, though considering people only buy one thing, the cold chocolate people are in and out quickly so the wait isnt long. Cold chocolate drink 1CUC, hot chocolate 0.50CUC so you're not breaking the bank, or even scraping it... More 

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