La Casa del Ha­bano

DINE and Destinations - - TORONTO -

La Casa del Ha­bano is much more to cigar afi­ciona­dos than a place to buy their Cuban cigars. In the win­ter, they lounge on the pa­tio un­der the warmth of out­door heaters. In sum­mer­time, they sit com­fort­ably as they would in a pri­vate club, and the only rule of mem­ber­ship is to ap­pre­ci­ate a good Cuban cigar: Mon­te­cristo No.2, Parta­gas Se­ries D #4, Romeo and Juli­eta Churchill, and, of course, the renowned Co­hiba Siglo VI, among many others. Cigars run from $3 to $150 each, and there are about 1,000 sold ev­ery week. Is­abel Linares, an oc­ca­sional cigar smoker her­self, is the man­ager of La Casa del Ha­bano, with its dis­plays of beau­ti­ful humidors, lighters, cigar cases and ac­ces­sories from France, Eng­land and Ger­many. There is a Casa del Ha­bano in 60 coun­tries. This is the only one in Toronto, and of­fers the largest se­lec­tion of Cuban cigars in the city. De­spite an­ti­smok­ing leg­is­la­tion six years ago, cigar smok­ing has steadily in­creased, and it seems that trend will con­tinue. Is­abel knows what the reg­u­lars smoke, pro­vides pri­vate lock­ers, and gra­ciously of­fers a nice Cuban cof­fee with your cigar.

111 Yorkville Av­enue, Toronto, ON 416-926-9066,­casadel­ha­ban­

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