Among all the bars and cafes that have opened in Old Havana lately, Color Café stands out for its original approach. This is a hybrid and eclectic space, that works as a tapas bar in the front and a fashion boutique in the back. The bar is charming, with an impeccable design where the traditional and the modern converge beautifully. Its large doors practically hit the ceiling and remain wide open to its main hall.
The tapas menu extends to French, Spanish, Cuban and a few other international favorites. The quiches were particularly delicious; it’s not an easy dish to find in Cuba. Serrano ham, salmon and ceviche toast are the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold beer; a little salty with a lot of flavor. The cocktails are great too, offering the usual classics and some ingenious mixtures of their own creation. Ask for the marilou with aged rum, ginger and tonic. The rosa plizzz, which consists of a refreshing mixture of melon, mint, sugar, lemon and rum is also a must-order. And for an extra dose of fun, head here on the weekend when they often have international guest DJs smashing out the tunes.
Fashion is a big deal in Color Café too. They have small fashion parades through the bar, with beautiful models wearing the designs of Loypa Yzaguirre. Her clothes have their own style, with bold summery colors. So far, only female outfits are available in store, but if their success continues it won’t be long before the male market is on the agenda.
Address: Calle Aguiar #109 e/ Chacón y Cuarteles
Contact: +53 59097707, www.colorcafehabana.com