All manner of arts and crafts are sold at the artisans markets held in Plazuelita Las Tres Palmitas and elsewhere around Plaza Mayor.
For cigars and rum, head to Casa del Habano (Maceo, esq. Zerquera, tel. 041/99-6256, daily 9 a.m.–7 p.m.) or Casa del Habano y Ron (Martí, esq. Lino Pérez).
The Casa de la Música (Juan Manuel Márquez, e/ Bolívar y Menéndez, tel. 041/99-3414) has a wide selection of CDs. Musical instruments can be bought at the Taller de Instrumentales Musicales (Menéndez #127-A, e/ Ernesto Valdés y Colón, tel. 041/99-3617), where bongos, timbales, etc. are made.
Much of the ceramic work sold locally is made at El Alfarero Casa Chichí (Andres Berro Macias #51, e/ Pepito Tey y Abel Santamaría, tel. 041/99-3146, daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m.), where the Santander family carries on a tradition of pottery-making.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition