La Mina Restaurants, Havana . Cuba
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- Obispo No. 109 esq. a Oficios, Plaza de Armas, Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Telephone: (537) 8620216
The restaurant La Mina, a former girls' school in the 17th century, is set on a privileged corner on Arms Square. La Mina's true charm lies in its unique location. This typical colonial house recreates an ambience as Cuban as the traditional Cuban dishes it serves. The house has a central courtyard with its lush greenery, an old well and the presence of exotic birds, among them peacocks. The restaurant also has nice rooms with colorful stained glasswork and rustic furniture with taburetes (wooden chairs typical of the Cuban countryside) and an attractive marquetry design and Cuban leathergoods. La Mina is the hub of several outlets comprising the Al Cappuccino Cafe, the La Casa del Agua (the Water House), the Doha Teresa Cafeteria, the La Terraza Cafe, and La Mina Ice Cream Parlor and Bar-Restaurant. With its live traditional Cuban and country music, and the always attractive Arms Square just a few steps away, La Mina is an excellent choice.
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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.
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La Mina Restaurant
La Mina is a large rambling complex which includes a sweet shop, bar, café, ice-cream parlour and restaurant. Located right on Plaza de Armas the view of the square is lovely. Unfortunately the food (pork, chicken, fish) and service is unspecial falling into regular tourist class which simply picks up passing trade rather than really attracting people.
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