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“A beautiful area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Ranked #2 of 227 things to do in Havana
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Owner description: What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“A beautiful area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

If you visit Havana, Plaza Vieja is a must. It has the most beautiful restaurants, one particular one brews its own beer, served with coke, tomato juice. The best drink, is rum, with mint and other ingredients. Food was absolutely delicious. For 3 people after 4 courses we paid £35 for the entire meal. Brilliant! Walk along the many avenues from this 15th century square and you’ll find beautiful, picturesque shops with fresh churros sellers. A must if you are travelling to Havana.

Visited November 2012
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“Scenic touches of Havana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

This beautiful square had everything to see, shops, restaurants and music. Easy to walk to other areas from this central site.

Visited November 2012
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“GREAT coffee,music and atmosphere!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Plaza Vieja became one of our favorite daily hangouts because we found a great cup of coffee daily at the Cafe Escorial that I can highly reccommend for those who want that freshly ground beans, quality cup of coffee to start off their day.

At the Plaza Vieja we also took in some great Cuban bands at a few of the included restaurants. This is also a great Plaza to simply relax and people watch. We also took many great photo's here as their are some nice opportunities for that given the surrounding architecture.

The Plaza Vieja is one of the 4 main plaza's and a must see while in Old Havana. Grab yourself a great cup of coffee and be sure to take it all in.

Visited November 2012
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“Great Place to Relax on a Patio!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We enjoyed dinner at the La Muralla BBQ & Micro Brewery Restaurant with great local muscians on their patio. There is also several other restaurants on each corner. This area has been recently restored & they have good before & after pics in front of each building so you can see the improvements. It is nice for people watching & relaxing day or night with a coffe or beer.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Come and enjoy a beer at the place.
Visit the Camera Obscura for having a panorama view of the city.

Visited October 2012
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