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Our Fave Spots in Vedado, Havana’s Low-Key Coolest Neighborhood

If you’re seeking culture, history, and great food on your visit to Havana, don’t pass up a chance to explore Vedado, Havana, Cuba’s low-key and very cool neighborhood. Running along Havana’s waterfront, Vedado manages to be both relaxed and bursting with an array of experiences waiting to be discovered.

Whether you explore by foot, by bike, or by car, you’ll find yourself effortlessly attracted by Vedado’s eclectic charm. In this guide we run down our favorite Vedado spots to eat, relax, and explore Cuban culture to the fullest. 

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Fucina des Artistas

Fucina des Artistas is a unique gallery and cultural space located in a bustling area of Vedado near shops, theaters, and the iconic Colón Cemetery. Dedicated to promoting local artists and artisans, Fucina des Artistas offers workshops, artist residencies, exhibitions, and a vibrant atmosphere for creative expression.

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If there’s one restaurant you should visit during your trip to Cuba, it’s Grados. It’s owner and head cook, Raulito Bazuk, is a culinary force of nature and a tireless champion of creative dishes inspired by traditional Cuban flavors but not beholden to tradition, or any rules at all. Every night is a mouthwatering exploration of Cuba’s culinary palate. 

Cementerio Chino

Cementerio Chino is a historic Chinese cemetery in Havana, offering visitors a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the Chinese community in Cuba through its ornate mausoleums, original calligraphy, and traditional symbolism.


RYLAC is the epitome of Vedado: low-key, very home-y and informal, and a great atmosphere for connecting with others over delicious tapas and masterfully crafted drinks. 

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Cuba Libro

Cuba Libro is a cozy bookstore and café in Havana run by a well known writer and U.S. ex-pat journalist Conner Gorry. Beloved by locals and visitors alike for its extensive collection of books, artisanal coffee, and lively atmosphere, this bookstore fosters a love for literature and community.


meat skewers with rice and veggies at Topoly in Havana Cuba

Topoly is owned and operated by an Iranian-Cuban family and serves a mix of middle eastern dishes like falafel and kebab as well as some interesting and very authentic cuban-irani recipes. Seating is on the open-air wrap-around balcony surrounded by lush green gardens—nothing fancy, but great food and perfect ambiance for lunch or dinner.

El Cocinero

El Cocinero is housed in what was an old brick factory building, complete with the original smoke stack towering above. The restaurant has indoor and rooftop dining, and features inventive design details and views of the Vedado skyline, making it a vibrant hotspot for nightlife enthusiasts. 

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La Juguera

La Juguera is not a place where tourists go, but it’s a great little local juice spot where travelers can get a taste of one of Cuba’s most abundant resources: fruit. Offering a variety of fresh fruit juices and smoothies with prices that can’t be beat, you’ll be sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to explore the city.

El Candil Boutique Hotel

street view of El Candil Boutique Hotel in Havana Cuba

El Candil Boutique Hotel is a luxurious retreat located in a quiet, leafy area of Vedado. The hotel features neo-colonial architecture, personalized service, and a tranquil ambiance for travelers seeking comfort and relaxation.

Sinagoga Beth Shalom

Sinagoga Beth Shalom is the largest synagogue in Havana, serving as a focal point for the Jewish community in Cuba and welcoming visitors to explore its striking architecture and rich cultural heritage.

Galería Villa Manuela 

Galería Villa Manuela is one of Vedado’s most prestigious art galleries, showcasing contemporary works by emerging and established artists. It’s a must for anyone interested in exploring the contemporary Cuban art scene.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC)

wall of art at Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) in Havana, Cuba

Fábrica de Arte Cubano, one of TIME magazine’s 100 greatest places in the world, is a groundbreaking cultural mecca housed in a former cooking oil factory. The massive space encompasses multiple visual art galleries, live performances, and a vibrant nightlife scene that exemplifies Havana’s creative spirit. But even this description doesn’t do it justice—it must be experienced!

Ruta Bikes

Ruta Bikes offers guided bike tours and rentals in Havana, allowing visitors to explore the city’s streets and landmarks like a local, offering a unique and adventurous way to experience the vibrant culture and history of Cuba’s capital.


A café-restaurant and clothing shop, AMA is the perfect place to grab some breakfast and peruse the selection of dresses, earrings, bags and other accessories.

Eclectico at Paseo 206

interior room of Paseo 206 Hotel

Eclectico is a chic restaurant located in Paseo 206 Boutique Hotel, offering a fusion of international and Cuban cuisine. The hotel’s owners are a Cuban-Italian family, so the eclectic menu is sprinkled with Italian flavors. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists in a great location along Paseo, one of Vedado’s luxuriously overgrown promenades.

Coco Blue & la Zorra Pelúa

Coco Blue is a rustic open-air space created by Cuban sculptor José Emilio Fuentes Fonseca. With a restaurant, bar, performance stage, and seating area lush with foliage and twinkling with string lights, it’s a great spot to see a show or just grab a drink on a warm and magical Havana night.

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