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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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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They roast local coffee right on the place. The roasting mater uses sugar to melt on the beans jsut after letting them out of the roaster. The caramellised beans give a special aroma to the espresso they brew. They also sell freshly roasted coffe. If you want to buy it, be there before 9:00 am else the run out of... More 

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Thank Matyas M
Havana, Cuba
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a touristic spot in a touristic square. But if you are a tourist, this is a nice place to have a coffee and look at the beautiful parts of Old Havana.

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Thank ToveSW
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su opinión. Un placer saludarle. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful cortado at the cafe. My Son had a cola. Sat and watched the world go by in the Plaza. Wonderful. Also bought some coffee beans - about 3Cuc for 250gms. Better to buy the beans as you have to wait 15-45 minutes if you want it ground. Beans smell great.

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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión. Un placer saludarle More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión. En nuestro establecimiento solo expendemos agua importada, de ahí el precio elevado. Tendremos en... More 

Belo Horizonte, MG
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión. Un placer saludarle More 

Eidsvoll Municipality, Norway
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53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe El Escorial, responded to this review
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Estimado Cliente: Nos alegra que haya disfrutado junto a nosotros su café mañanero, es un orgullo escuchar que se haya... More 

San Jose, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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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Thank IslandgirlB
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 June 25, 2016 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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Thank xdorax
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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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?