Do not go to Havana thinking about shopping, as the city
is not a good place for that. Unlike all the other
tourist destinations you've been to, Cuba's products
lack variety. If you are an art lover or like to buy
souvenirs to keep a memory of the places you have
visited, there will be some possibilities for places to
buy in Havana, but nothing surprising.
Paseo de Martí,
besides being a good place to walk, is interesting for
those who like paintings - several local artists stay
there to sell their works. Calle Obispo, the capital's
busy street, is also a good option for finding souvenir
The best option, however, is the Mercado de San José.
It is the place with the most options for all tastes:
paintings, plaques, shirts, local crafts and typical
instruments of the city - although the products are
somewhat repetitive. To find better quality souvenirs,
shop at the airport shops. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage hats.
Paseo del Prado
Paseo del Prado is a kind of urban boardwalk where
tourists pass every day to make a path that leads to the
National Capitol. The walk is very beautiful and wooded
and this is one of the most interesting places to start
the trip in Havana.
Walk along the walk watching the cars passing by, the
children playing unpretentiously, as well as the
paintings by artists who exhibit their works daily.
Obispo is one of the main streets in Havana. Walking
down the street, where cars don't pass, is sure to see
up close how the city's residents live and feel the
bustling atmosphere of the capital. Souvenir shops,
restaurants, bars and local shops are along the street,
which is busy day and night.
José Martí International Airport
Havana International Airport is the main means of
arrival for tourists from all over the world who want to
see the capital, a world heritage site. This airport is
about 15km from the city center; to get there it is
necessary to take a taxi, as the bus system is
It is important to be aware that, when leaving
Havana, you will have to pay an airport fee of 25 CUC,
in cash. The immigration queues at the exit of the city
can be long, which is why it is recommended to arrive in
advance to travel.
It is known that Havana is not a shopping
destination, but at the airport you can find various
items related to the city, such as t-shirts, caps and
towels, bags, etc. Like everywhere else in the world,
shopping at the airport is more expensive than in the
city, but as Shopping in Cuba is a complicated matter;
buying at the airport can be an option for those who
want material with more quality and diversity.
San José Market
San José warehouses are the best places in the city
to find, in the same space, varieties of products. In
addition to the great breeze that comes from the sea,
the place is good for bargaining and finding souvenirs
for friends. Shirts, wooden pieces, plaques, pictures
and musical instruments are some of the things you will
Palacio de la Artesanía
The Palacio de Artesanía (or handicraft) is one of
the places to buy souvenirs in the city. Despite the
beautiful architecture of the building, the place falls
short when it comes to shopping. If you want to buy
tobacco, there is a store there, but don't create too
many expectations for that place.