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Cafe El Escorial

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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Athens, Greece
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped and had a coffee here because of its great location but went back because of the delicious coffee. The coffee with ice cream is absolutely delicious! Best place to spend some time people watching and take a break from exploring the city.

Thank Kat T
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We waited and waited for service. Then when it came time to order they really didn't have what we wanted. So we asked for something different. They didn't have that. And again. Eventually we ordered the only thing they had (basic espresso). However after over 30 minutes waiting for the drinks we gave up and went across the square to... More 

Thank Dominique D
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered cafe con leche here one morning and sat around to enjoy people watching in the plaza. Slightly overpriced but good coffee overall. Would visit more for the location than anything

Thank Katie H
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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629 reviews
393 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this cafe is busy more because of it's location than it's food and service although I'm led to believe that they sell fantastic coffee here and there were queues. We stopped for coffee, sandwich and cakes and it took absolutely ages to receive our order. We probably sat in the wrong place in the shade outside because we... More 

Thank Nidgehammer
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195 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found Cafe El Escorial in 2010, drawn by the fresh coffee roasting every morning. Came back in 2012 and it was as good as ever. Here we are in 2017 and they still make excellent coffee drinks, good breakfasts and sandwiches. Wonderful spot to sit and enjoy Plaza Vieja. Simply the Best !!

Thank OgreYVR
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93 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice coffee and cute little cafe. You can buy the coffee beans roasted, and if required, ground to take away. Smell is divine. Can sit outside with nice view of the square, and covered. If the rain starts to fall there is no better place to be.

Thank Jenny W
Naples, Florida
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329 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Touristy Plaza Vieja but a lovely place to sit down, relax, enjoy the view of the Plaza and sip an expresso.

Thank Brad M
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on our day tour to Havana. I had the coffee and ice cream and my boyfriend had iced coffee and cream. So. Delicious. Best coffee in Cuba in our opinion. We even brought home 2 kg of coffee it was so good. Tip - there was a long line to buy coffee but if you're buying beans to... More 

Thank Reta L
Southampton, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2017

My experience was trying to get a morning coffee, had to resort to going and getting a waiter and then the same again to pay. Seemed like everyone else was having the same experience - friends went a different day and waited so long they gave up and went somewhere else. There are lots of other better options on the... More 

Thank sjs1811
Belgrade, Serbia
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125 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

the coffee here is good and cheap and the location is nice, so it is THE place to rest and recharge during a walk trough old Havana


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 868 3545

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?