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Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
+53 5 4985750
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worth the stroll

Walked around here before we ate lunch. I had been up the tower the previous year( where you can... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kim B
Newnan, Georgia
Our colonial history

Wow, the old square is one of the most beautiful and historical places is Cuba. Find your place in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
+53 5 4985750
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Reviewed yesterday

Walked around here before we ate lunch. I had been up the tower the previous year( where you can look over the harbor). Lots happening in the square - buskers and people milling around - plenty to keep your attention. One of the places to...More

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow, the old square is one of the most beautiful and historical places is Cuba. Find your place in a balcony restaurant, ask for a mojito or daiquiri, smell the night, listen to de music an enjoy!!!! We don't have many things, but we have...More

Thank Mary2014Cuba
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An old city where you can see history of Cuba before revolution from the time when it was a colony of Spain to the revolution and after it, castles, churches, palaces, old building, classic American cars and etc

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a nice area to sit and people watch. There are coffee shops and restaurants. Good landmark when navigating Old Havana.

Thank yumm2011
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a large square that reminds me of Plaza Mayor in Madrid. The best part of it is the brewery on one of its corners, where you can sip local brews (they only had light, mild, strong), hide from the sun and people watch.

Thank Anders O
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful square in Havana. We walked all round Havana in 2 days. I think you get a better feel for a place when you walk round. Havana is an amazing place that you can't describe in words. You have to visit this place to...More

Thank Jackie J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of many squares I visited in Havana. There are before pictures to show what it looked like prior to renovations. Clean, nice restaurants, safe.

Thank TravelLoverBoston
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely atmosphere. Quite buzzing, but no vendor pestering. Some good looking places to eat or drink, although we didn't stay long enough

Thank malc75
Reviewed 1 week ago

This plaza is surrounded by beautiful architecture and restaurants with outdoor dining. Many, many tourists make the area more exciting.

Thank mamita646
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely square with a selection of nice eateries, some with balconies overlooking the square, perfect place to eat, drink and watch the world go by.

Thank GarethEvans1976
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Response from KMCBlood | Reviewed this property |
One of the safest countries I’ve ever visited. Our current government administration is doing an extreme disservice to Potential US travelers and to that beautiful country by playing their political games at the expense of... More
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Response from swampykevin | Reviewed this property |
Hi Guys David has answered this question and he is correct. It well worth a look. There are walking tours which are also very informative. I may be wrong but I think the re is a timber roadway in this area bit I swear it... More
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3 September 2017|
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Response from Diana P | Reviewed this property |
Food-on the street is not that common, but you can always find someone selling churros in an old fashioned cart, and peanuts "Mani". There are no US style food trucks, but plenty of cafes-Cuba does not have amazing food... More