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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 357 restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Situated on corner of San Francisco square Cubans queue to buy their coffee beans here. Best coffee con leche I had in cuba and my husband had a great espresso macchiato. Also worth having lunch here as sandwiches are delicious

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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Great spot on Plaza Vieja where you can spend a great time people watching. Coffee is good although the staff were fairly grumpy most days. The queue seems to be for buying ground coffee or beans so don't be put off, as long as there is a table free outside you can sit down.

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Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very nice atmosphere, friendly waiters and I had an amazing coffee with mint, rum, ice cream and milk! To die for! Had to return again the next day just so I can have two more!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

i was looking for a coffee break and i stopped by this place. its a nice spot to observe the architectural beauty of the vieja square. service is okay and prices are considerably reasonable. i recommend it for a break.

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Geelong, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Nice place for a toasted sandwich and a coffee break. People queued to buy packets of the freshly roasted coffee beans.. Our favourite was the coffee with ice cream and the ham/cheese toasties

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Aarhus, Denmark
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and sit at the Plaza Vieja and watch people. They have nice cakes and cold drinks as well. Service can be a bit slow, but they are friendly.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Coffee was only good as espresso. Location is unbeatable. Right on Plaza Vieja. I would recommend it for above reasons alone and it was good enough to deserve several visits. Service was really bad on the first visit. Waitress obviously didn't want to promote their food offerings and actually said they don't sell food. When other tables started getting food,... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

This is a nice place to sit while overlooking city life passing by on plaza vieja. Cubans and tourist cue for the freshly roasted coffee (beans or grounded). The coffee is good and the sandwiches are really nice. However have a bit of patience as you won't be alone.

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Vienna, Austria
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Friendly and fast service, great coffee (freshly ground coffe can be purchased there as well) and cakes, but it is difficult to get a seat there.

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toronto
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

All the coffee in Cuba is great. I personally liked this place in the morning. Well decorated. The square is beautiful. People watching is great. Nothing to complain about.

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