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.

The nightlife is lustrous. The hip Fabrica de Arte Cubano (F.A.C.) and El Cocinero are in this area. Other top bars include Madrigal, Corner Café, Bar Bohemio. If you are in the mood to dance and show off your salsa skills, try Salón Rojo del Capri, La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club, Habana Café after dinner.

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.


Where to eat: El Cocinero, Otramanera, Mediterráneo, BellaCiao, Il Piccolo, El Palenque
Where to drink: Madrigal, Corner Café, Bar Bohemio
Where to stay: Hotel Nacional, Melia Habana
Where to dance: La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club, Delirio Habanero, Jazz Café, Habana Café, Yellow Submarine, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Café Cantante Mi Habana

August 13th, 2015
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Bar Bohemio

One of the quirky bars in Havana, Bar Bohemio has more of a touch of elegance than what the name suggests.
July 21st, 2015
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Habana Café

Habana Café, located inside Hotel Melia Cohiba in the heart of Vedado, is Cuba's answer to the ubiquitous Hard Rock Café.
July 21st, 2015
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La Rampa

La Rampa, which means “the slope” in Spanish, is the last stretch of the famous Calle 23, leading up to the center of Vedado, Havana.
July 21st, 2015
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Museo Napoleónico

Many people are surprised to find there is a museum in Cuba dedicated to the French emperor Napoleon, and that wouldn’t...
July 21st, 2015
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Museo de Artes Decorativas

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.
July 21st, 2015
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Coppelia

Cuban’s devotion to ice cream is almost religious, and there’s good reason why Coppelia is popularly known as the “ice-cream Cathedral”.
July 21st, 2015
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Hotel Nacional

Hotel Nacional’s striking architecture, commanding seaside location on the Malecón in Vedado, Havana and retro feel make it a natural draw. The hotel has soul.
July 21st, 2015
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Parque Almendares

An urban jungle just under the bridge of Calle 23, the Parque Almendares is located in the heart of the lively Vedado area.
July 21st, 2015
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Plaza de la Revolución

Though Plaza de la Revolución is not particularly distinguished for its architecture or design, the square carries important historical weight for the Cuban Revolution.
July 21st, 2015
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El Gato Tuerto

Located in Havana’s Vedado, El Gato Tuerto is a dimly lit bar with gleaming furniture, crowned with a small stage and a few tables distributed around it.
July 21st, 2015
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Mediterráneo: Best Ingredients

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.