Jazz cafe in Havana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Jazz Scene

Havana’s jazz scene is hopping with plenty of prime nightlife and supper club acts as well as matinee and afternoon performances. Here’s where to go for the local greats and young up-and-comers.

View inside Iglesias Nuestra Senora de la Merced. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

The Churches of Southern Habana Vieja

The southern half of Habana Vieja, south of Calle Brasil, was the ecclesiastical center of Havana during the colonial era and is studded with churches and convents. For those interested in architecture and history, a visit to this area is a must.

Plaza Vieja at night. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in Plaza Vieja, Havana

The last of the four main squares to be laid out in Habana Vieja, Plaza Vieja’s restoration has made it home to boutiques, restaurants, museums, and luxury apartments for foreign residents. Fans of art and architecture will definitely want to spend some time here, while casual visitors will find plenty to hold their interests in the plaza’s sights.

Statue of Manuel de Céspedes in Plaza de Armas.

Sights in and Around Havana’s Plaza de Armas

The most important plaza in Habana Vieja, as well as the oldest, handsome Arms Square was laid out in 1519 and first named Plaza de Iglesia. Learn about the plaza’s evolution to Plaza de Armas, along with sights and museums in and around the square.

A street in Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba, leads to the Capitol building, which is undergoing a facelift.

Restoring Old Havana

Old Havana has been called the “finest urban ensemble in the Americas” and is a UNESCO World Heritage. Learn about the preservation and restoration efforts underway for the more than 900 Habana Vieja structures of historical importance.

One of Havana's public taxis stopping in front of a row of colorful buildings on the Paseo de Martí.

Sights Along Havana’s Paseo de Martí

Havana’s Paseo de Martí, colloquially known as the Prado, is a kilometer-long tree-lined boulevard full of interesting history, events, and unique architectural sights. Get to know the area by following this walk-along tour.


Havana Neighborhood Highlights

Each neighborhood in Havana has its own unique flavor, especially when it comes to their sights and histories. To make your explorations easier, here’s a quick roundup of the highlights of each.

Plaza de la Catedral, Habana Vieja. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Habana Vieja District

Habana Vieja is a living museum, with its major sites of interest centered on Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza Vieja, each a town square with their own unique flavor. Gloriously restored, these sites sit in stark contrast to the much-neglected residential areas.