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Address: Between Calles Espada and Aramburu, Havana, Cuba
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Center of Afro-Cuban Culture, not to be missed on Sunday

Ok, check it out, Cuba is a country with a lot of poverty. The Afro-Cuban community in particular is disenfranchised within Cuba much in the same way African descended people all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Samantha L
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Ok, check it out, Cuba is a country with a lot of poverty. The Afro-Cuban community in particular is disenfranchised within Cuba much in the same way African descended people all over the word are disenfranchised due to structural racism. Many of the people who live around Callejon de Hamel make their living through "inventing" (the Cuban term for hustling).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I lived in West Africa for a couple of years in the mid 1980s. I was shocked to see similar music and dance in Havana at the Calejon de Hammel! I think that the songs were even in an African language or a creole version. The lane way was a bit crowded, and we had to be careful of pickpockets... More 

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Ensenada, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

we had a weird experience... people were chacing us and explaing things about the street, and then asking as to pay them a drink or money... watch out! DO NOT go to the Paladar in the Callejon de Hammel, they STOLE our money with 20CUC meals, and they only served us a piece of chicken, rice and beans...

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This Alley is located in the working class Cayo Hueso quarter that serves as an open-air Afro-Cuban Religion Sanctuary, the work of local artist Salvador Gonzalez who has adorned its walls with evocative Santeria murals paying homage to religious cults and currents of African origin. It hosts the famous Afro-Cuban rumbas that take place every Sunday afternoon.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

If you see anything other than fusterlandia...see hammel Bizarre and fantastic alley & art made of recycled/reused materials. The pieces and art celebrates Afro-Cuban cultural life and art. Amazing. Ya got see it. Don't let the "guides" bother you too much. A smile no thanks, no, no gracias will be enough. Don't let the donation or buying a cd to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I visited this spot on my last day in Havana. It was a few minutes away from my hostel and i went down with a couple of friends as they play music and dance at this location only on a Sunday (No music and dance any other day). It's an interesting alleyway not too big but just the right size... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We were in the neighbourhood (Vedado) for La Rampa (nickname for Calle 23), a shopping boulevard, also close to Heladeria Coppelia, worldfamous since the film "Fresa y chocolate", but on Mondays it's closed. So we visited the Callejon de Hammel, certainly no secondhand option. The really small alley is full of arty things you can buy or simply admire (there... More 

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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I had the honour of meeting and having my photo with hailed artist Salvador Gonzales. I am truly sorry I missed the Sunday celebration. I have so much respect for him helping educate the youth on their African roots. I bought a lovely piece of art as well that I will cherish always.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A must see in Habana! We were able to experience music and dance performances as well as being able to view the beautiful art. If you go, be sure to purchase some art. The work is top notch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

To get to Callejon de Hammel you need to walk through Centro Habana which is interesting in and of itself. It is the gritty part of town, what would have been called a working class neighborhood pre-revolution. The Alley is decorated with, among other things, half bathtubs used as benches, street sculpture and you may catch some music or choose... More 

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