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Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
+53 5 4985750
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A great Plaza but do not go here when the cruise ships are in. is far too crowded

We entered the Plaza Vieja from one of the small side street that have had reproduction Canons... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Michael B
People watch spot

Nice place to grab a bite to eat and drink and people watch. Laid back. Local bands playing salsa... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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What is now called the Old Square was originally Plaza Nueva (New Square), built as a popular alternative to Plaza de Armas, the military and government nerve center. Later called Plaza del Mercado (Market Square) as Havana's commercial hub, Plaza Vieja was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas -- all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies. The original Carrara marble fountain surrounded by four dolphins was demolished in the 1930s when President Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) built an underground parking lot here. Today the square's surrounding structures vary wildly in condition, though all of them are noteworthy.
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La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
+53 5 4985750
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Reviewed yesterday

We entered the Plaza Vieja from one of the small side street that have had reproduction Canons mounted in the access road to stop cars from entering the Plaza. Originally called Plaza Nueva it was built in the 16th century, and has been used for...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed yesterday

Nice place to grab a bite to eat and drink and people watch. Laid back. Local bands playing salsa & jazz music. Way cool!

Thank westphillyboy
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is probaly how Havana looked like 50 years ago. Now the city is slowly rebuilding. This place is nice, good atmosphere. Lots of music, nice bars.

Thank Jos L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Perhaps my favorite square in Old Havanna. There are several cafe around the square and often events are taking place here!

Thank annesophie001
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent trip to Cuba I found myself crisscrossing Plaza Vieja many times a day, and a few times, taking a break to just sit and watch. This is a hub of really varied Havana activity. There are the expected--lovely colonial architecture and colorful...More

Thank Cabledoc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic and interesting old square with lots of atmosphere at any time of the day or evening. People are friendly but give no hastle. A place for families of an evening or afternoon do lots of things going on

1  Thank phillipsmaggie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very clean, you get the real flavor of a latin plaza. It is where you go to hang out and talk with friends and with new people. Walking around, look the details of the Spanish architecture is fascinating. You have various option to eat Spanish...More

1  Thank Pedro C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a must see location. The scenery and the local people are both simply amazing. You will get to learn some great historical facts about Cuba

Thank T828
Reviewed 1 week ago

Old Havana is a great place to have a cup of coffee (Cuban of course) and watch all the goings on around you. This is a walking area and there are no vehicles. If it is late in the day catch a quick sandwich.

Thank Crawford H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fun place to visit. The chicken sculpture was amazing. There are good restaurants in this plaza. There can also be dancers/entertainers,

Thank bren m
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11 November 2017|
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Response from swampykevin | Reviewed this property |
Hi Guys David has answered this question and he is correct. It well worth a look. There are walking tours which are also very informative. I may be wrong but I think the re is a timber roadway in this area bit I swear it... More
Keota R
3 September 2017|
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Response from Diana P | Reviewed this property |
Food-on the street is not that common, but you can always find someone selling churros in an old fashioned cart, and peanuts "Mani". There are no US style food trucks, but plenty of cafes-Cuba does not have amazing food... More
10 May 2017|
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Response from rzofcal | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We also did a two day through NCL. We arrived in the morning. Tip regarding that. When they announce to you where to get your "number" for debarkation, be sure to get in that line about 15 minutes before they hand them... More