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Cafe El Escorial

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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fresh tasty coffee made by their own

It's central located (if you stayed in Old Havana), it's open from 9:00 (try to find something if you have come from Europe and can't sleep), it costs only 1,5 CUC for coffee that just been made in their kitchen and I found the most good in Havana. Sandwich is also Good enough for its 1,95 CUC (be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Ilya S
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Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It's central located (if you stayed in Old Havana), it's open from 9:00 (try to find something if you have come from Europe and can't sleep), it costs only 1,5 CUC for coffee that just been made in their kitchen and I found the most good in Havana. Sandwich is also Good enough for its 1,95 CUC (be ready to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Coffee for a peso on Old Havana's most beautiful square. They also have cocktails and cakes but it's really all about the people watching!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Recommended as part of the Havana after dark for the coffee. Went back the next day and sat outside under the veranda. Waitress's came an went totally ignoring us. Time was not an issue so relaxed enjoying the view offered by the old square and planning what to do afterwards. 20 mins passed and we were no closer to having... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

As prevalent as coffee is in Cuba, buying beans to bring home some memories is difficult. Even the locals agreed. It's probably that most coffee is sold in the government markets as part of their monthly rations and not much is sold in stores. But I was determined and rewarded with very freshly roasted beans (whole or ground) in 250... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Terrible service. I was told off loudly in front of everyone in the restaurant for asking for a cushion from another table for my chair. I was told that I was only allowed a cushion if I moved tables to sit in the shade. Waiters very rude in general when we were ordering. I wouldn't go back.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Service there is a nightmare. Rude waiters/waitresses. Service takes forever if they remeber your order. A lot of flies flying over your order on the tables. Strongly do not recommend.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Excellent, would give this 5* but service was a little slow ordering coffee. We had a coffee which had brandy, cream and cinnamon in (if I remember correctly) which was delicious- gave us an opportunity to watch the world go by on Plaza Vieja which was charming. The café had great décor, too. Definitely recommend here for a quick break... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I was there a few days ago and they did not have beans to sell. Someone else told me they do not roast on premises any more. Does anyone know? I did find a couple of places in Varadero: I bought fresh roasted in the new Marina & I was told I could get fresh roasted coffee at calle 54.... More 

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Northport, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is my favorite coffee shop in the world, and my favorite place in Havana to rest and people watch. Try the chocolates with a cup of Cafe Cubano or Cafe con Leche. If you want to take home some Cuban coffee, get it here (but bring along a ziplock bag because the paper bags usually break).

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I always try and stop for a coffee here when in Havana Vieja and always buy my beans here to bring home. They have only 2 small roasters in the corner and pack all their fresh roasted beans by hand in brown paper sacks, so QUEUES of 30 minutes are usual with the longer ones on weekends. HINT: Bring along... More 

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

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  • Cuisine: Cuban

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