Callejon de Hamel

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Callejon de Hamel
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Bidule05
France1,072 contributions
Feb 2021
Callejon de Hamel is located between Calles Espada and Aramburu, this wonderful alley is entirely devoted to Afro-Cuban culture, with stunning inspired murals and sculptures made by local artists.
For dance lovers, every Sunday from noon, there's a show of traditional rumba!
We were amazed by the wonderful atmosphere in Callejon de Hamel . An extraordinary district to visit absolutely !!!
The streets around are also very colourful with many pleasant small markets!!!
Written April 17, 2021
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Frederick P
Toronto, Canada15 contributions
Jun 2019
Sunday afternoons are exceptionally interesting in this narrow passage, with fantastic musicians and dancers doing traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms. Bring enough cash to buy a CD and a beer or two for the performers, as this helps to keep the whole thing going. While crowded and potentially very hot, it also felt very safe, friendly. My 15-year-old daughter agrees it was a highlight of our trip, and everybody was cool and kind to her.
Written February 12, 2020
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Paul v
Amsterdam, The Netherlands768 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We walke from Centro to Vedadonand came by this street.

The whole street is full of streer art.
Just sit down at the bar and enjoy a drink.

Don't show your money yet to Xavier the bar tender. Because 1 water and 1 Tu-Kola is not 5 CUC and he don't gave us any change
Written February 2, 2020
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Wayne S
Marlborough, MA65 contributions
The Callejon de Hamel (one M) is an alley in Havana which has been turned into a fantastic in-and-outdoor art installation by a local artist - I think he calls himself name is Salvador? As far as I know he has been working on and expanding it for about 20+ years - I was there in 2001 and it was about 15 yrs old then. Santeria imagery and slavery seem to be its main themes. An incredible work. Must see.
Written November 17, 2007
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susanaquerida
Vancouver, Canada437 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
On Sunday at 1 p.m., there is a rumba performance with dancers and drummers. If you want to see the real rumba, which is very coquettish, this show is it. Callejon de Hamel is a reconstruction of a tumbledown alley. One artist started to paint the walls, clean up the rubble and make it a place of culture. Restaurants and art sales began, word got out, and now tourist tours and buses come here for the performance. Yes, it's crowded. Watch your wallets, purses, don't wear a backpack. Go early to see what it looks like before the crowds show up. Don't fall for the beggar mother who asks for money for milk for her children - all children get free milk up to age 7. Don't buy cigars on the street - they usually are fake. Just try and enjoy the music & culture.
Written January 26, 2019
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jsgiguere
Vancouver, Canada131 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
After our visit to the US "building of interest" and Hotel Nacional, it made logical sense to continue walking to Callejon de Hammel which is what we did. First thing we noticed as we approached within a few blocks is the increase in number of "friendly Cubans": "My friend where you from?" "You looking for Callejon de Hammel?" "You need directions?" to which we politely but firmly said no to and continued our trek. Gotta give it to them though, they are persistent and I think part of the reason is because it's not as frequently visited as the attractions in Old Havana and thus they need to maximize on each mark that arrives. Just politely but firmly thank them but you don't need a taxi, a tour, cigars, or directions :)

Once you arrive at the "entrance" of Callejon de Hammel (which is denoted by a gate with the sign on top), more "friendly Cubans" but again you can swat them away and begin your own visit. Don't listen to the offers to tell you history or provide a guide or anything. Instead look at the art pieces that the artists have created out of car parts like a sculpture made from camshafts, benches made from half of bathtubs, animal sculptures made from car frames and engine parts, etc; admire the colourful murals, marvel at the life and zest that they have put into these creations. For me, this was a good walk and you can poke your head into the various little shops along the way.

As you make your way towards the west (and end of the alley) you will spot a few friendly women dressed in colourful costumes. You may be tempted to take a few photos of them especially given the nice colourful and artistic backgrounds - wouldn't that make for wonderful photos to show my friends! Unless you want to pay a few CUC for the privilege, point your camera away from them. Plus, you can spot women like these elsewhere in other tourist areas in Old Havana too (and yes you have to pay there too) so it's not such a unique thing as you first thought. There will also be guys telling stories about selling CD's for children at the school they teach. Again, the hustlers are very good at their craft and continue your own visit without giving in.

As a side note, after we made our way through the gauntlet, we decided to continue walking east towards Old Havana. We took Neptuno which pretty much took us into old town (was about 1/2hr walk normal pace). This was a good walk as we walked through residential and business areas that are pretty much local-only (I know because we got the constant stares "what are these turistas doing here?") so you get a glimpse into their more normal daily life that you don't get with a packaged tour.
Written April 30, 2015
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oldgerman73
Caracas, Venezuela332 contributions
Apr 2018
If you want to know more about the African influence in Cuba and everything you have heard about the roots of
Rumba, Santeria etc,- don't visit el Callejon de Hamel! It seems that the colorful houses and the street decoration of these 50m (!) of La Habana were just built for the tourists's selfie shots and the music we (one African and one European with African background) heard and the dancers we watched did not really evoke our African nostalgia . Perhaps we would have appreciated this tourist haven more if we had drunk one more "Negron", an expensive mojito-like drink which most likely did not consist of any rum. When you are packed in a crowd and constantly being asked if you want to buy something you will leave this lane quickly and try to find some other place in La Habana where you can enjoy Cuba's rich African heritage.
Written April 18, 2018
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Cgt001
Menai, Australia77 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
We visited in mid April when it was alive with celebrations, with 2 persons who introduced themselves to us as employees, Promotion Manager & Salsa Dance instructor
After a guided tour, of not only the Sculptures, mural & painting the backrooms for the artists we were invited for a complimentary drink in the Bar Area
Then the scam started, tried to sell us cigars, an assist in getting quantities back home, after no success the tears rolled out for money for milk for the children as they could not get enough via ration cards.
We tried to leave an chased by the Multi Coloured headed bar tender demanding we pay for the drinks, 20 CUC , or call the Police, you would only pay 8 CUC for these drinks anywhere else
This was a set up by all involved. Pleas beware.
Written May 3, 2017
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joelleGuadeloupe
guadeloupe21 contributions
I don't really like afro-cuban music, especially when the sound system is awful, it was really hot and I didn't feel really comfortable as we really felt they were waiting for tourists. When we got there, immediately some Cubans tried to get money from us. They made us visit the area (interesting in a way) but then tried to make us taste the typical drink, which was really expensive... (of couse! they tried to make us pay in CUC but it was in local money) It was my third trip to la Havana and I won't go back to Callejon de Hammel, no way !

It can be interesting, the art work there is really unique, but the atmosphere wasn't weird I didn't feel safe.
Written May 5, 2008
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RobertCBoston
Boston, MA37 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Still can't figure out what is going on there. It's short - just a block long - but filled to the brim with oddball people and art. Just go, walk through, and then ask youself "What was that all about?"
Written January 18, 2017
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