Vedado is one of the most developed areas in Havana, a neighborhood full of action, packed with some of the city’s top restaurants, bars, hotels, and home to some legendary music venues. Developed during early 20th century, the area’s main street running east to west is Calle 23, better known as La Rampa.
Notably, Vedado also has a thriving gay scene, a result of Cuba’s tolerant attitude towards LGTB life. Community members often congregate in the area from Yara cinema on Calle 23, to the intersection where it meets the Malecón. Two well known gay bars, the Bim Bom and Piropo, as well as the Cabaret Las Vegas in this area are popular hangouts for Havana's gay community.
The Museo de Artes Decorativas (Museum of Decorative Arts) is a work of art in its own right. The site is the original residence of María Luisa Gómez Mena, a wealthy patron of Cuban artists. Built in 1927, the sumptuous, French Renaissance-inspired mansion was designed by French architects P. Virad and M. Destugué. The residence was claimed by the Cuban government in 1964 and became what is known as today - the Museum of Decorative Arts.
In a short span of two years since its opening in 2013, Mediterráneo has already amassed a loyal following among Havana foodies and visitors. The restaurant’s overall environment is agreeable: Mediterranean blue and white decor, spacious, airy, attractive and modern.