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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Ranked #99 of 443 restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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78% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 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
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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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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