ESPECIALLY FOR THIS SUMMER ONCUBA RECOMMENDS FIVE DIVERSE HAVANA SPOTS THAT SHARE A COMMON DENOMINATOR:
Havana’s best sandwiches can undoubtedly be found in La Bien Pagá, a popular establishment that this summer expanded its installations to the old part of the city (a few steps away from the centric Obispo Street) and extended its opening hours until the evening. This new site allows clients to enjoy the memorable sandwiches with diverse prices, ingredients and styles. The main establishment (23, between 24 and 26) continues offering the varied offer that pleases the most demanding patrons seeking the best and most delicious fast food. The image of both establishments, colorful and bright, confirms the culinary lesson of the slogan: never before was the paid price so good.
To savor, share with friends, celebrate and spend an agreeable time the Melen Club has been created in a modern house in Miramar, decorated in the style of the current trends. Specializing in the fusion of Mediterranean and Japanese food, it is characterized for its exotic dishes and a variety of cocktails. The intimate environment and the swingof the atmosphere conspires in favor of clients living unique moments while being invited to taste dishes seasoned with more than ten types of sauces. With a suggesting cultural proposal and painstaking service, the Melen Club stands out for its innovative, bohemian and cosmopolitan spirit, and proposes an amalgam of tastes, aromas, textures and sensations difficult to forget.
Right where 5ta Street merges with B, in the capital’s El Vedado district, stands a temple to limitless entertainment: the Up and Down. Its concept is unique: Havana’s first gastro-bar where even the rarest cocktail can be asked for. In the Up and Down it is also possible to savor sophisticated tapas, pinchos and nibbles. The croquettes and other delicacies of our culinary traditions and applied to stylized international cuisine reveal the distinguished touch of the chef. Two bars, one on top and other downstairs, many screens, lights and good music turn each night at the Up and Down into a veritable fiesta.
Because La Nota has it all, or almost all, in a short time it has become one of the sites preferred by the regular Havana night crowd. This place has the virtue of mutating: during the day it is a suggestive and exquisite restaurant and at night a sui generis bar with a varied cultural program and invitations by the famous Adriano DJ. Flamenco singer-songwriter ReynierMariño to Limay Blanco, the comedian of the moment, have passed through its stage. Theme nights, matinees, animation shows and karaoke are an invitation to enjoy retro disco mania, retro music and disco dancing for not so young people, among other surprises. It is important to make a reservation to guarantee a good place in La Nota, where the exquisite f lavor of the cuisine comes together with the Santiago Rum and varied sounds to regale in memorable moments.
genuine Cuban art. The work of this untiring creator could previously be seen and acquired in her studio in Old Havana, but today it is possible to enjoy her works in the Náutico district, in Playa municipality, and to get a firsthand look at her interesting creative process. Her engravings and paintings display, based on abstraction, a synthesis of reality: folds, pitted textures and a chromatic variety of textures that outline a crossed discourse of autobiographical elements.
In this studio-workshop-gallery Cuban art enthusiasts will also be able to find paintings and gold/silver articles by her daughter, Ariadna Gallardo, works on canvas marked by figuration and surrealism, and excellently made and designed jewels made of silver with semiprecious stones.
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