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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“coffee beans” (17 reviews)
“cakes” (19 reviews)
“cuban coffee” (11 reviews)
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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Place opens at 9am on weekdays and 9:30 on weekends I believe. They mainly serve coffee. You can also buy coffee beans to go on the left side of the cafe. Service is poor. The lady packaging the coffee wasnt friendly and gave an attitude....More

Thank Prima S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service staff speak English (which is a big plus in Cuba), but their service is poor. When I went there at 9:30am, they only had one food option; a cheese sandwich. the food was okay, but they had many kinds of coffee from espresso to...More

Thank yumm2011
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely cafe in the plaza vieja with reasonably priced coffee. The atmosphere is unhurried and you can relax and people watch without hassle.

Thank krystynafaraway
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been Cafe El Escorial a couple of times during our stay, They have a quite good coffee, however, the service was terrible.

Thank Tarkan Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So coming from NYC, I am so used to having my coffee first thing in the AM (7am) and having it to go. The owner of the apartment I was staying at told me that I could get great coffee from Cafe El Escorial and...More

1  Thank rmilagros
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think this restaurant is so popular because of its location and the ladies who sit under the portico and tell fortunes. The coffee is good, but it is hard to find bad coffee in Cuba. The drinks were average and the service was pleasant...More

Thank SisterJ0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, the cafe next door Nueva Plaza was full. We only wanted a coffee so we came here as it was empty. It took a long time for the waiter who was sitting with friends to be bothered to get up and serve us. No...More

Thank JandJFarnhamCommon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I bought 2 kilos of coffee to bring back to the USA. I should have brought back more. One more thing. You are legally allowed to bring back 100 Cuban cigars and one liter of rum. However, if you bring back more you may have...More

1  Thank Bob K
Reviewed 8 November 2017

a lot of different people recommended this place to us where we would find the best coffee in town. the first time we visited the place there was no water available for making coffee - that's Cuba, so no issue. So we tried it a...More

Thank curiousgirl24
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Our last and only morning in Havana, we visited Cafe El Escorial which we had found the evening before while walking after dinner. We were very pleased with our selection. Since the morning was already hot, we opted for the cold blanco y negro and...More

Thank manakaye
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17 July 2017|
Response from CubaNinjaTravel | Reviewed this property |
They are open early. I believe 7-8am and they are open till 9pm, or until they run out of coffee. If you are buying whole beans, remember that there is a separate line to the right of the counter. The line going out the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 868 3545
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