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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Ranked #85 of 456 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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Toronto
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Located in plaza vieja in old Havana this cafe reminds me of being in Italy. The service is slow at times but that Is actually a plus as you can enjoy the moment even longer. We stopped here for our daily espresso and we were never disappointed.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Excellent place to grab a quick coffee and take in the unique views of downtown Havana. Price of coffee is excellent and the quality goes with it.

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Havana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It is always a place you have to come back for a coffee. Nice view of the square and a perfect place to share with friends and family. Plenty of coffee options

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Although I waited 2 hours for my two 250 gram bags of freshly ground coffee, I am drinking it now and it is fantastic! I spoke to a local who was in line with me yesterday and he said he usually stands in line at 7:30 am to make sure he doesn't miss out on their coffee which opens at... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,358 restaurant reviews
1,044 helpful votes 1,044 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The smell of coffee was the first thin we noticed as we came out of the family's home on to the square - felt like heaven sitting with an espresso on one of the best plazas in the world

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Ontario
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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You can't beat the view this little cafe has of Plaza Vieja. You'll find it on the northeastern corner of the Plaza on the same side as the Planetario and the Camara Obscura building. Prices are very reasonable and the pastries are good.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Situated in a corner of one of the squares in the old city not only is it a great place to just sit and people watch, but the coffee is fantastic! 1CUC for a coffee. You can also buy roasted and ground coffee, roasted and ground on site. We went on a Saturday and all the locals were coming and... More

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Bath
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Interesting Coffee House where you can smell the coffee being ground and roasted.... the lemonade was excellent..

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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The terrasse offers a magnificent view on the Plaza Vieja. We drank a great ice coffee there. Way too sweet (even if my Mexican girlfriend did ask without sugar) but still, the taste was great, like a delicious coffee dessert. They roast coffee inside, we bought ground and unground coffee. Back in Canada I grounded some beans for our Bodum... More

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Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wide variety of coffee, but a very bad service, many waiter for nothing. Long time to serve coffee. Available coffee with whiskey, but poorly prepared

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Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: 868 3545
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
Cuisine: Cuban

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