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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Situated in a corner of Plaza Vieja, Escorial is a popular cafe serving very good coffee and grinding beans for sale. Lovely views of the busy Plaza and a nice place to take a well earned break as you tour the city

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Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location in the square. If there is music playing, this is a wonderful please to hang out for awhile.... which is good, as the service is amazingly slow, even by Cuban standards. Food? So, so. You don't go here for the food.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of my favorite coffee places of our trip. Great location on Plaza Vieja to get to see and watch people wandering around. Delicious cakes for a fraction of what you'd pay in the states. Get there early to buy coffee to take home -- they roast and grind on-site. It smells divine in your luggage the whole... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the Plaza Vieja, Cafe El Escorial is a good place to sit outside and relax while doing a little people watching. The coffee is very good as is the view and would earn the cafe five stars if the service were better. It is hard to get the waitstaff's attention at times and they don't seem to be... More 

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, analizaremos lo referente al servicio para alcanzar sus cinco estrellas. Un placer saludarle More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually the best coffee I had in all of Havana. Fresh roasted continually all day long and one can buy numerous coffee concoctions, or buy the coffee to go by the 250-500 or 1000gm pack - bean or ground. There is usually a long line waiting to buy their coffee. the deserts, pastries ans snacks are above average for the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is in the plaza vieja, and is a perfect place to stop and have a drink during your busy cultural tour in havana. The coffee is good and cheap, and the outdoor seating is really nice.

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous coffee, so gorgeous we bought 2KG of the stuff to bring home. Would recommend having a black coffee and also an iced coffee - both brill!

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión. Nos alegra que haya disfrutado de nuestra deliciosa infusión en dos de sus variantes.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good located cafe at the plaza vieja. Liked the place. Coffee is good. But unfortunately service is quite weak at this place.

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su opinión, la tendremos en cuenta para mejorar la calidad del servicio. Un placer saludarle More 

Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

The coffee was ok once you got it but we got ripped off by at least half the wait staff. Be especially wary of the woman who aggressively pushes the iced coffee. She will overcharge you every time. We thought it was just her but then one of the guys did it too. Ask for a receipt and don't just... More 

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, analizaremos con detalle cada palabra, aunque necesitaríamos más información sobre estas personas a las... More 

Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

The place in a touristic place so we visited. Coffees were OK but not different other ones. If you want to feel environment and watch the crowd, you can go and order a coffee...

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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, solo aclarar que nuestro Café no es válido solo para tutistas pues muchos cuidadanos... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?