Places to shop in Havana

Posted: 01-Dec-18 07:35

Havana may be famous for its art and music, but the city also offers some outstanding shopping opportunities. Old Havana is home to a number of boutiques specialising in the work of Cuban artisans, ranging from clothing to art to perfume.

Places to shop in Havana

Visitors to Old Havana usually come to the neighbourhood to take in its decaying beauty, the vintage cars cruising cobbled streets and the colonial buildings dating back to the city’s Spanish roots. This photogenic neighbourhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site, isn’t typically regarded as a shopping destination. But there are several shopping destinations worth exploring—usually Cuban-owned, they sell a diverse range of mostly locally made goods, from art, jewellery and home goods to cigar boxes.

Clandestina

The work of Cuban designer Idania Del Rio, the shop sits on Villegas Street, a thoroughfare that is heavily trafficked by tourists. Her intention was offer more than the typical kitschy souvenirs, and her items have a stylish flair. Her merchandise includes pouches, pillowcases, aprons, and T-shirts.

Victor Manuel Gallery

Walk into this sprawling gallery, and you’re greeted by paintings by modern Cuban artists. Once a public bath house, the gallery now houses art, statement jewellery, and striking humidors, all made by local designers.

Piscolabis

Colourful and whimsical, Piscolabis is full of creative decorative objects, crafted by Cuban artisans from repurposed items such as ink wells, oil lamps and bottles, and other home goods.

Habana 1791

Evoking a perfumery from a distant time, this former mansion specializes in custom-blending fragrances for men and women. The real treat of a visit, however, is smelling the scents that were popular in colonial Cuba, including sandalwood and jasmine. Local artists crafted the extensive collection of bottles, a mix of glass and ceramics.

Loma Del Angel

This boutique hotel, situated in a stately centuries-old building, is home to a small shop selling women’s accessories from the fashion label Eulalia de Lucia. The goods bring summer to mind, and although they’re produced by artisans around the world, they’re inspired by Havana.

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