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Centro Havana: Centro is the most densely populated municipality in Havana. It extends from 1/2 a block west of the Paseo del Prado to Vedado in the west and Cerro in the south. This municipality has not recieved the foreign restoration help that has benefited Habana Vieja. Building collapses are common after the rainy season. The area is not as safe as Habana Vieja for tourists, particularly at night.
El Barrio Chino: The Chinatown of Havana. After restrictive racial laws were passed in the United States, Chinese immigrants fled California and flooded Cuba, establishing their own district in order to keep their culture alive. A unique mix of cultures is immediately apparent at the restaurants and homes here.
Miramar and Siboney: Once the neighborhood where Havana’s upper class built mansions, summer homes and country clubs, Miramar underwent a dramatic conversion after the Revolution. Many expensive homes were put to use as offices and embassies, and the golf course became an art school (ISA). It is still home to politicians and the wealthy. You can't miss seeing the towering concrete Russian Embassy, built in the 1980s (not open to the public). This area has some of the best restaurants in Havana.
Malecon: Literally the “sea wall,” the Malecon closely approximates an American boardwalk in that hundreds of Havana residents flock here to socialize, day and night. The coastal boulevard is over 4 miles long and attracts a variety of interesting characters, old and young – it is the place to people-watch and to enjoy an ocean view.
Vedado: The University/business district of Havana. The University of Havana, or Universidad de la Habana, was established in 1728 and has a rich history as well as a role in shaping modern Cuba. Also in Vedado is the Plaza de la Revolucion, the eleven-acre square where the people of Havana used to gather to listen to Castro speak at annual Communist rallies. The plaza is practically empty the rest of the year , an exception being the annual May 1st Labor Day parade.
Habana Vieja: Or 'Old Havana'. This is the area to the east of Centro, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the historic heart of Havana, containing many magnificent, but crumbling, old buildings. The area is still home to a large number of Cubans, although parts are now being restored to their former glory, especially on and around Plaza Vieja. There are a number of bars and restaurants to be found here, including Hemingway's favourite haunts, El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio. Calle Obispo is the main shopping street, and is busy all day and well into the night. Lonely planet has some excellent
recommendations on small paths to walk around the old town. it is
beautiful and you get to see some really old and modern houses, paves
streets, happy kids on the roads, and it is very scenic.