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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Ranked #86 of 476 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Cuban
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Five weeks after being here, I still think of it. The coffee is as good as it gets. Some of Cuba's best coffee beans are roasted and passed over to the retail desk & the barista. Coffee does not get fresher than that. The roast is dark but the bean stays dark amber brown. Really rich with colour. I bought... More 

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high peak, derbyshire, uk
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16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Really good cafe and excellent value for money. Good location in Plaza Vieja, good coffee (amongst the best we had in Cuba and certainly amongst the cheapest!) and a great place to hang out and watch the world go by.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is by far the best coffee we had outside of our casas (we got the tip about it from our casa owner in Havana) in Cuba (not only Havana). Nice, foamy, rich in flavour.. Mm... No words. Sandwiches are also great, staff speaks English... Only positive. So when we saw that coffee can be bought there we decided to... More 

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70 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This cafe is located on a busy tourist plaza in the old city. It makes and sells the best coffee. The cakes wre good to. Cheap as well. Can sit outside to.

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36 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Located in the corner of the magnificient Plaza Vieja. The roast and brew perfect coffee drinks. Take a seat - the waiter will come and take order. It took us 40 minutes to buy beans, they sell beans only in the first half of the day.

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Havana, Cuba
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Recommended for all people of the world especially if they love a good Café Cubano. Surely they will spend a good quality time well desgustar a coffee in the heart of Old Havana. They can before you see your roasted, ground and prepared at the time, when you are in front of if, inhale the aroma and test its unique... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Absolutely the best coffee in a nice setting atmosphere and service. Extensive choice of coffees including specialty and with alcohol. Very reasonable prices. Buy the coffee beans too! Amazing. I have been grinding the beans and enjoying the coffee since. Memories of Cuba!!

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Santiago, Chile
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I am biased against State-owned places in Cuba. They offer poor service, low quality, and pay miserable wages. That been said, Café el Escorial has a unique, privileged location that is hard to resist. I was attracted by the smell of freshly toasted coffee beans. I took a place in the queue and sat at one of the many tables... More 

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Lillehammer, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Had the pleasure to visit the Cafe El Escorial several times during my stay in Havana. The quick response and nice and polite behavior of the serving personal was special, as well as the Food and drinks. I will strongly recommend this Cafe to coming visitors in Nice Havana

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Great place for an afternoon break! Try the chocolate cake, it was pretty good ;-) We went there twice.

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

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