Almacenes San Jose

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dianedinky
253 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a souvenir hunter's dream.
We are talking nearly 500 stalls/shops downstairs plus dozens of art shops along the entire upstairs level. The art is extensive and varied and should cater for all styles. Much better choice than the souvenir shops in town and around the main sights.
As regards the ground level, yes it can be a bit repetitive, but it will be worth your while to at least glance round every one of them. I adore shopping for souvenirs so had no trouble doing this and was rewarded to find that something different. Ok so 9 shops may all be selling the same wooden or leather or keyring items but then you find that 1 in 10 shop that has a product none of the others are selling. It takes a trained eye perhaps as on first stroll around it just looks like 125 duplicates of the same 4 shops. Persevere and you will other gems amongst them.
The building also has plentiful toilets and snack/drink outlets if you are there a while.
Written April 24, 2020
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Sam L
Cozumel, Mexico19 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The market sells typical Cuban souvenirs downstairs and upstairs is mostly typical Cuban paintings for tourists but I found an amazing artist by the name of Jesús Lázaro Alfonso Juan. His work is fresh and unlike the other Cuban artists. He told me he has had exhibits in New York and Philly with great success. I pick up two pieces at a fraction of the prices he received in the U.S. I can’t wait to go back to see what else he will have next year.
Written January 1, 2020
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James C
Musselburgh, UK3 contributions
Jan 2020
Great place to visit,bargains to be had. Don't settle for the first price.We went back to the trader we saw the day before and got a good deal on the musical items we wanted plus a couple of items thrown in. Lots to see and many duplications. Money exchange onsite at a good rate too. It can be busy.
Written January 19, 2020
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Binkyatavern
London, United Kingdom118 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
It is full of local art work which will blow your mind. Expect to bargain especially if you are buying more than one. Walk around the entire warehouse before buying even if they all call you into each section to check out their paintings. The further you go the more you see.Take a picture of the artist when you buy one as these are frequently originals being sold by the artist themselves and engage them in conversation. They want to know more about the outside world as some have never left Cuba. They also have other souvenirs like straw hats, macrame hammocks, terracotta jewellery and the usual magnets etc.

They do have a lot of the typical paintings of Havana including the cars and building but look for something more original. These are oil paintings and the abstract art with almost 3D effects is unusual.

Drink coconut water, its really good for you and eat the flesh. Especially in the heat.

A word of warning, get the artist to give you a 'certificate' if they can. Apparently if I had got these I would not have had to pay again at the airport for taking 'cultural pieces' out of Cuba. It isnt expensive (3 Cuban pesos per piece which you have to pay in Cuban money only) but no one told us. If you take antiques out you especially need this certificate. Artwork bought from a gallery will come with a certificate. Worth it as I have 2 beautiful large paintings for my home for a total of £80.

Good to know:
Location locally is the Centro Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito San José. Referred to as the Craft Market so very well known. Its in an old warehouse on the Malecon. You can get taxis outside back to your hotel. Bring cash only, don't think they accept cards. Buy one of the tubes to carry them as its a lot easier to take home. Don't seal completely as they will make you open it after you clear Customs in the airport.
Written September 16, 2013
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pegdick
Palm City, FL134 contributions
May 2018
Want to buy gifts and souvenirs in Havana? This is the only market you'll need to find -- it has everything! We bought cigar and bongo drum key chains (they make great Christmas tree ornaments decorated with a little ribbon), unusual silverware necklaces (made from forks), small Cuban dollars, wooden salad servers.....you name it, they have it and everyone is friendly! You can easily spend a couple of hours at San Jose but you won't have to look at another shop for souvenirs. If you're on a cruise ship, go out of the terminal and turn left....it's a good 8-10 blocks away...on the water, left side of the street. Don't miss it!
Written May 21, 2018
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Christina W
Peachtree Corners, GA211 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Great place to buy souvenirs. The vendors will negotiate. This is a 15 minute walk from the pier. We found some really cute gifts to bring home. I wouldn't buy cigars here. We checked several places out and the best place to buy cigars is 2 blocks from the pier on Calle Mercaderes #102. We went to about 6 cigars stores and this was by far the best. The prices are set by the government, so you're going to pay the same price regardless of where you go.
Written July 9, 2017
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Susan G
Delray Beach, FL88 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
The market is OPEN, contrary to tour guide reports. There was a fire but the market is open for business. I visited Aug 3, 2018 The shore excursion guides are reporting the market closed. There is a small section closed off but the market is definitely open. The prices are much less than other places. Don’t miss out. The vendors are friendly and not aggressive.
Written August 6, 2018
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Debulah6295
Loxahatchee5 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I was in Havana, Cuba yesterday, July 1, 2018 and Almacenes San Jose Market is currently closed. Not too long ago, several cruises ago according to info on our ship, there was a fire there and the government closed the market. Because of anything taking so long to get repaired or rebuilt in Cuba, right now it's closed indefinately. Most of Havana is in extreme disrepair and is literally falling apart. According to our tour guide, there were problems with counterfeit currency at the market and it is undergoing a cleansing. Our tour guide took us to a small place to shop for about 20 minutes or so. I also got a few items in Old Havanan, but we didn't venture past the first street since we were no longer part of a tour. Yes, you need to exchange your US dollars for CUCs. We exchanged at the port since we came on a ship. It was quick and easy. For $100 in US dollars, we were given $87 CUCs. Bought 2 bottles of rum and 1 rum licor for just under $20 CUCs at a government shop. Alcohol was cheap; cigars were expensive...at least to me. It was over $30 CUCs for 2 of them. 1000 grams of Cuban coffee was $19.75 CUCs.
Written July 2, 2018
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Ed T
Sarasota, FL221 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
This converted ship terminal has hundreds of vendors with most selling the same items. After walking several rows you most likely have seen it all. My recommendation is if you see something you like/want, buy it and get out. There are many more interesting sights in this wonderful city.
Written July 1, 2018
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Roberto G
Santiago, Chile30 contributions
It was a very big building with hundreds of mini stores which have the same products but with different prices. You should always ask for some discounts.
Beware of the kids asking money, they are not violent but persistent.
Written December 15, 2013
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