Vedado

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Armando G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Business
Vedado is the heart of the City of Havana. It's the downtown. In Vedado you find the Malecon, the best paladars restaurants, the main avenues and conections for other neighborhoods.
Modern side of Havana in which Coppelia icecream is an important point of reference. So, some theaters and art places such as Fabrica de Arte is located in Vedado.
The best private rooms for rent are in Vedado rather than Old time like Penthouse 21&M which provides wonderful confortable rooms. This place located in the very corner of 21 st and M is runned by experienced people who speaks several languages.
In Vedado we find a more confortable start point to visit Havana because is in the middle of Old Town and Miramar.
Absolutely, the best neighborhood in Havana to discover Cuba, get adapted and initiate a nice travel.
Written December 27, 2021
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Ricardo R
Mogi das Cruzes, SP1,881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This part of Havana is a bit different from old town or downtown, more organized and a bit cleaner, also very quiet at night.
It is good area to stay and go to the other parts by taxi or metrobus ( if you dare ). To and from the airport there is a shuttle bus Transtur wich has a final stop ( and also departure ) at hotel Habana Libre.
To go to Habana Vieja by bus ( guagua ) take P4, P5, P11 or P15.
Written January 1, 2024
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KFM214
San Diego, CA104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Though Old Havana is interesting it tends to be a little ominous with its old buildings, many of them in disrepair. Vedado is a livelier place, more modern, and as 2 women travelers, we felt safer there walking around in the evening.

It is close to the Malecon, and offers a variety of B and Bs and restaurants.
Written January 9, 2020
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DenLo
Sofia, Bulgaria462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Lovely neighbourhood with colonial style houses. It is clean and green. There are nice restaurants and bars around. I stayed in a beautiful colonial house and fully enjoyed it. The taxi to Habana Vieja is around 8-10 EUR.
Written May 23, 2022
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RobinThom
Vancouver, BC, Canada1,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Vedado was laid out by the Spanish in the 19th century but was largely undeveloped until the 20th. The streets and avenues are wide and tree lined. The architecture is an eclectic mix of traditional mansions, Art Deco, and Modernist styles. The mansions which have not been chopped up into apartments are often home to some of Cuba's most important institutions. Along the north are many hotels...Hotel Nacional, Melia Cohiba, Riviera, Habana Libre, etc. as well as most of the restaurants and clubs.

The major east-west roads connecting to Playa/Miramar are Avenida 23 (La Rampa) and Calle 11 by bridge. Linea (used by the maquinas...shared taxis) and Malecon connect by tunnel. The other major road running east-west is Calle 17 where you can find UNEAC and the Museo de Artes Decorativas amongst others.
The major roads running roughly north-south are Calle 26, Avenida Paseo, Avenida de los Presidentes, and Infanta.

At night, most of the action is around the junction of La Rampa and the Malecon. This is the main area where people of all bents and predilections hang-out. It is relatively safe for tourists because of the wide cross-section of people and the relative low density. Be extra cautious if the crowds compress though through weather events or whatever...pick-pockets and scams of all sorts are rampant on La Rampa.

Gay Scene. It is also the center of the GLBT scene in Havana, Cafeteria Infanta, Cafe Cantante mi Habana, Bim Bom, and the night club Las Vegas amongst others. The Revolution has been more tolerant of this scene than some others for a few years now. But that being said, there are many risks.

General Event Information. Travel in Cuba is obfuscated by lack of good communications. It is hard for us foreigners to find out if there are events on, or if we do, what are the times and locations. This can lead to a good adventure, or another rip-off that leaves us with a negative taste for the country. Generally speaking you will have much better experiences if you reach out to cultural people and institutions than relying on some guy you met on the street...but it takes huge amounts of time and you often find that the event you really wanted to see is a week or two after you leave. I am hoping this will change with the younger wave, but I am not holding my breath. As things stand, you have to go with your gut on the information you get by word of mouth for the most part. UNEAC on 17th and Casa de las Américas at Calle 3ra y G are two places to start.

Music Scene. These are too numerous to mention. For jazz, the Jazz Cafe opposite the Melia Cohiba and La Zorra Y El Cuervo on La Rampa are good to go around 9 or 10 but there are dozens of other that change every night. Good luck.

Food. I'm not too good on this. Most of the commercial places are disappointing and I often return to my room without eating after checking out the various offerings. If you have deeper pockets, there is good food out there. Some of the cafes along the Malecon in this area offer good reasonably priced food but you have to judge for yourself. There are many high-end restaurants too but I haven't tried them to date.

Things to See. Casa de las Américas for a Latin perspective, Hotel Nacional, Colon Cemetery, University of Havana, Malecon at night, Museum of Decorative Arts, Jose Gomez Monument, Antonio Maceo Monument, USS Maine Monument, El Torre bar for the view, Coppelia ice cream, etc.
Written November 16, 2012
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Mirami-j
Windsor, Canada1,551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
On the first leg of my trip I spent 6 nights in La Habana Vieja and after traveling for 2 weeks along the west coast returned to Habana and spent 3 nights in Vedado. It is a quiet, beautiful, tree-lined and picturesque neighborhood and low key from a tourist perspective. It was very refreshing to take a walk and not hear "lady, lady, lady". There are many private paladars and casas as well as local pizza parlors where you can get a 12" pizza and a pop for less than $2CUC. Vedado is also the home of the Universidad de la Habana and to many monuments and sculptures. If I have the opportunity to return to Habana I would stay in Vedado instead of La Habana Vieja which is easily accessible by taxi or by walking if you don't mind a bit of a walk. Including stopping to take pictures, having a refreshment break, and checking out vendors it took me a little over an hour to walk to Parque Central. I really enjoyed the peace and alternative vibe of Vedado.
Written October 24, 2013
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billionsandnocure
Santa Ynez, CA1,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Family
Sadly, Vedado is so commonly overlooked, travelers do a drive by as if Vedado held no real cultural importance.

Vedado is one of the BEST places to stay when in Havana, it is a very vibrant city.

Vedado, is lined with beautiful trees, the atmosphere and the energy is unlike any part of Havana. It is very unique as it was once the heart of Havana.

Break out of your comfort zone and try one of the "casas particulares" (privately run guest houses) in Vedado, they have the BEST! Believe me you will not be disappointed you will be glad you left the tourist trap hotel for a night, you will feel the synergy and the history that Vedado exudes.

Places of interest:
Hotel Nacional, Colon Cemetery, University of Havana, Malecon at night, Museum of Decorative Arts, Jose Gomez Monument, Antonio Maceo Monument, USS Maine Monument and El Torre bar. If you are craving ice cream, Coppelia is a must when in Vedado.

Hotel Nacional in my opinion is the stand out, the best of the best if you are seeking a hotel. The history that has taken place in that hotel alone makes it worthy of the #1 hotel in all Havana. You can beat the views to the Malecon, this property holds a special place in history.

I Highly recommend staying in Vedado, Cubans are great cooks (better than 5 star hotels) not to mention hospitable and always attentive. Try it for a night!

*NOTEWORTHY
If you happen to need a private driver when in Vedado or anywhere on the island I use Alejandro Risco, he is super friendly and attentive. Alejandro lives in Vedado, therefore he is very immersed with the city and the surrounding areas. You can contact Alejandro via Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/riscoarc. My family has used him repeately as he is very reliable and trustworthy. Great guy!
Written June 30, 2013
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Vedado is a large, mostly residential neighborhood a few miles west of Old Havana. Vedado is rich in relics from fascinating era in Cuba's history. Simply wander the grid of stunning mansions and one of kind Cuban architecture. Many are converted into state offices, government sponsored cultural centers, and embassies after the 1959 Cuban revolution. The neighborhood is home to some of the country's best nightlife and a blossoming culinary scene. Vedado is also the epicenter of the arts in Havana. A wide variety of Cuban music can be found any night of the week at unique venues. Is home to numerous arts and culture festivals. A trip to Vedado is not to be missed.
Written March 26, 2019
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JuanJerez
Paris, France18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
Vedado neighborhood is a great option if you want to discover a different Havana. Mostly residential, there are some very interesting places as the "Restaurante la Torre", with fantastic views from the city.
Written September 13, 2018
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itsallpeachy
Miami Beach, FL39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Having grown tired of the dilapidated buildings, tourist traps and general dirtiness of Old Havana, we booked the next leg of our stay in Havana in a different neighborhood: Vedado, based on the recommendations we received from locals.

What an amazing breath of fresh air! This is Havana's most bustling and diverse neighborhood and home to much of its upper-middle class. In this huge district, you'll find Havana's downtown, the best restaurants (including some Michelin starred chefs!), live music bars (all the best jazz clubs are here) and dance clubs (unlike Havana Vieja, clubs here are allowed to be open later), There are historic theaters, excellent museums, the botanical gardens which are home to 150 species unique to Cuba, the University of Havana where Fidel Castro and fellow students plotted the Revolution and of course, Plaza de la Revolución.

Some reviewers seem to be confused about what they're reviewing here. Vedado is much more than the Plaza de la Revolución that is pictured in the photos and which houses the huge towering memorial to Jose Marti (national hero and poet who dedicated his life to Cuban freedom and whose verses are the opening lines to the song Guantanamera) and the Faces of the Revolution: Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. While it is worth to see this area, where Fidel Castro once drew crowds of millions, the real places to see in Vedado are around it's bustling downtown, centered around the intersection of Calle 23 and Calle L. Head here first, you won't be disappointed.
Written May 13, 2018
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