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Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #3 of 111 attractions in Havana
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beware of the women (employees of the Historical Landmarks Department) who are dressed in classic colourful cuban women. They force themselves in your picture without asking and then ask 5$ each person. And if you don't pay they get very agressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful old plaza in the heart of Havana Vieja. Lovely tapas type lunch at cafe Bohemia. Very interesting artwork on the walls of cafe. Beer at Austrian beer house on square a little disappointing but nice to sit out on square and watch the world go by.

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Copenhagen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We hate tourist traps, thats why we were so happy to find Café Bohemia just inside the patio of an old nicely renovated palace (next to the cervecera). The Café is super good and blends with neighbours and a casa particular (of the same owner) that is top standards. Try the drinks and the beer (always cold). The panini are... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My Casa was very near and this became my chill out zone lots of cafés bars or just sit on a step with chiros and soak it all in even found a small place doing a great baguette can't remember its name in the terrace in the blue building nice change after so much rice.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We had the pleasure of revisiting Plaza Vieja, my most favored plaza of the four in Havana Vieja. Most favored, for me, because of the sheer size and diversity of buildings found around the square. All buildings fronting the square have been completely, or mostly, restored to their grandeur of long ago. We loved just sitting and watching the world,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Cafes and restaurants are nice dont eat here just drink here.. and stay away fromt he Locals they want your money altho thwy are not going to rob you

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice view, but lots of people asking for things from you. The plaza itself is nice but just for a walk through. The restaurants here would be nice to sit at but they're really expensive, particularly for Cuba. Walk on to one of the other plazas and you will find cheaper restaurants with more selection

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

You can spend half a day there and not get bored. Here real people live and work there. You'll see chilldren play in the huge space near a beautiful fountain, people selling things to eat ,young couple strolling along,etc. We spent a few hours sitting outdoor on the patio of the Austrian Beer Factory drinking cold beer served in very... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited the Plaza Vieja during our guided tour of Havana. it was one of the nicer areas of Old Havana that we went through. It had a few restaurants and cafes and nobody there was too pushy when trying to sell you stuff. Restoration is done very nicely and there are before and after pictures for you to see... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was a nice and relax square. Beside the square there is a cafe serving burger and Austria beer and we had that after our walk.

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