South of Avenidas Simón Bolívar and Salvador Allende, the down-at-the-heels neighborhoods of southern Centro Habana extend into the municipalidad of Cerro. Caution is required when walking these streets.
Several key arterial roads meet at Cuatros Caminos, an all-important junction. where the Mercado Agropecuario Cuatros Caminos (Four Roads Farmers Market, tel. 07/870-5934, Tues.–Sat. 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.–2 p.m.) takes up an entire block between Máximo Gómez and Cristina (also called Avenida de la México), and Manglar Arroyo and Matadero.
This much-dilapidated 19th-century market hall has functioned as such for two centuries and is worth a visit for its bustling ambience and photograph the live goats, geese, and pig’s heads sold here.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition