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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“beans” (32 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
“cuban coffee” (14 reviews)
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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The coffee and pastries are great, however-we arrived a few minutes after they were scheduled to be open and there were several people waiting outside the doors as the cafe was still closed. My family and I picked a spot at the tables on the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MattnMeg07
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent coffee! Did I mention that the coffee was excellent? Excellent coffee! This place roast their own beans on the premises. The coffee is extraordinary. After tasting their coffee we purchased every bag of coffee they...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PilotMichael
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Stopped for a coffee whilst exploring Habana Vieja. Coffee with Ice cream was very tasty but overpriced. Waitress was friendly enough.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Gina M
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Visited Cafe El Escorial with my girlfriend late in the morning after exploring Havana. The coffee was excellent, and in a lovely setting on the Plaza Vieja, however the service was a little slow hence the 4 stars.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank olliemumby
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Very good and tasty coffee, but pricey! Served by unhappy staff! I don't know what is going on in this country that wherever we've been was the same snobby, rude and frustrated attitude of staff and members who are in charge!!! Over price serving for...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Narc77
Reviewed September 25, 2018

I wish I would've brought back 10 times as much as I did. This coffee is unbelievably good. The cafe and square where it's located is also fantastic. Worth your time.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Carl A
Reviewed August 10, 2018

El Escorial was on my list of things to do, because of their popular coffee with ice cream and rum, so i stopped here twice and it was disappointing. Once i came 5 minutes before it opens and 6 clients were already waiting, but 7...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Karaoshkin
Reviewed July 23, 2018

If you have relaxing walk in Havana,you can stop her for for coffee drinks and espresso.Drinks is good and atmosphere relaxing.You can sit inside or outdoor. Surprise high prices for this country.Do not expect quick service.Also you can buy here relatively high quality Cuban coffee...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank kpete58
Reviewed June 27, 2018

On a day tour of the city, we noticed this small bar tucked away in the corner of Plaza Viejo. Our guide told us that it was one of his favorites. We came back in the early evening to do a little exploring on our...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank TravelLovrs
Reviewed June 24, 2018

The waiters look you in the eye and just continue loitering against the wall or walk past you. Unless you walk inside and ask to be served your children could grow up while you wait at this place. Interesting coffees and cakes, but very expensive.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank HarveyCapeTown
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July 16, 2017|
Response from Dallas S | Reviewed this property |
They are open early. I believe 7-8am and they are open till 9pm, or until they run out of coffee. If you are buying whole beans, remember that there is a separate line to the right of the counter. The line going out the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
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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