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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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Waited ages to be served by grumpy waitress. Went here for drinks I wanted water which was 1cuc they only has the 3 cuc bottle same size , I did not buy. . My husband ordered coffee which was 1 50 cuc the waitress asked for 2 cuc he said its 1 50 and she said 1 50 but I've... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to El Escorial for breakfast. The expresso was very good, so was the medialuna and the cake. Its a little pricey, but not too much and you kind of expect it to be since its located in probably the most touristic square in Habana. Service was decent

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Eidsvoll Municipality, Norway
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49 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having our morning coffee here, early morning, when the air is still fresh and a bit chilly, in contrast with the hot energetic beverage is a perfect picture of my traveller vision. This is one of the best coffee shops in Havana. Locals were queuing for almost 2 hours to buy 500 grams of this magical potion. And it's secret... More 

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San Jose, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This coffee with a scoop of ice cream...sublime. Who knew. A must. The location is awesome also, right on Plaza Vieja. We would have gone back but didn't discover until our last day.

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Muchas gracias por su excelente opinión, es cierto que la vista a la Plaza Vieja desde el Café... More 

London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got 1kg of coffee bean from there. We wish we had got more! Reasonably priced and very fragrant. They have the roaster at the cafe and you can see them do the magic.

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Agradecemos su opinión. Saludos More 

York, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Good coffee (lots to choose from), good price, great location and atmosphere. We went back several times whilst in Havana, as it was the best coffee shop we found, although service could be rather slow, but a great place to watch Cuban life in the beautiful square.

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Agradecemos su opinión. Saludos More 

Paros, Greece
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I stoped there just for a coffee, but it was enough to understand that i m not welcome at el escorial . They are so rude that you can t wait to finish your coffee , you want to leave ASAP. the location is very good, but it s not enough..

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Great coffee! There are a few deserts to choose from but not many sandwiches as there are only a few and they are all similar. The coffee and the atmosphere was the best about it. Being able to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of Havana experience all the people around you and enjoy a cup of coffee was the best.... More 

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Agradecemos su opinión. Saludos More 

Munich, Germany
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I stopped here to have an espresso, which took them ages to bring. Even though they were not busy! :-)) They just stand around and chat with each other, but do not bring the coffee. I had time, I spent 30 minutes just reading watching the square, until they have decided to serve me. The espresso was not great but... More 

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Agradecemos su opinión. Saludos More 

Bath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We had good coffee here but more importantly locals queue to buy the coffee and we bought quite a bit to bring home! The queuing system is a bit odd as you go the last person in the queue to see if they are are the last person to bag your position(lots of people suddenly emerged to go in front... More 

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 868 3545

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?