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Cafe El Escorial

Coffee Shop, Cuban
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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great coffee and cake.

Sought out this venue after reading reviews from another guide. Great location on the corner of the charming Plaza. The staff are so busy, and sometimes appear to be a little unorganised, so you need to be proactive in waving 1 down for service. The coffee was nice, just what we needed, and they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Randall K
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Canberra, Australia
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Canberra, Australia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Sought out this venue after reading reviews from another guide. Great location on the corner of the charming Plaza. The staff are so busy, and sometimes appear to be a little unorganised, so you need to be proactive in waving 1 down for service. The coffee was nice, just what we needed, and they had an extensive selection of cakes... More 

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Varadero, Cuba
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

One of the best coffee in Havana, but the service is the slowest in town. The waiters are around and don't look after the clients, usually waiting for y coffee takes about 30 minutes

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Best espresso in Havana, nice waitress, good pastry. Nice place to start your day with your daily shot of espresso.

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Kelowna, Canada
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Tired from walking around old Havana. Take a break here and have some incredible café negro and watch the world go by in Plaza Vieja. There is no better view than sitting outside here and watching the world go by and marvelling at the architecture in this square. They also sell freshly roasted beans or ground coffee. There was a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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37 helpful votes 37 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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australia
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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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Swindon
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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Cuban

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