Cafe Neruda is one of the new wave of private paladors and cafe’s which are springing up in Havana since the relaxing of the ownership laws and this is one of about half a dozen establishments that are new to the Malecon since my first visit a couple of years ago.
Personally I have mixed feelings on the architecture as this is a modern build and as previously mentioned takes its decor from one of Pablo Neruda's house’s in Chile. It would be good if they could rebuild to the old Spanish colonial style on the Malecon, but if the old building has gone past saving then I can appreciate it is lower cost to build from scratch.
Anyway, my personal architectural preferences aside, this place works very well as a comfortable cafe. Firstly it is about middle of the Malecon section from Habana Vieja to the Nacional. Secondly it gives good views of the Malecon and the sea, either from the couple of pavement tables or from the shelter of the set back al fresco cafe section behind the glass wall, most of which is under roof shelter or large umbrellas. And most importantly the food and drinks are good and very reasonably priced.
We had one of the Pork main meals to share , two beers and two coffees and it can to around 12CUC’s. And the most expensive menu option was the lobster tail and shrimp at 10CUC’s.
Service was good and it seemed to be popular with both tourists and locals.
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