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Reviewed 16 September 2023

Café El Escorial in Havana is a charming destination for Cuban coffee and a taste of authentic ambiance. The menu featuring pastries and live music is a must-try. Enjoy a coffee while immersing yourself in Havana’s lively atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

In past years we have been able to purchase coffee beans here but on 2 visits in February there was a chalk sign in Spanish reading 'no beans for sale now'. The cafe was open on one of our visits, selling an Italian brand of...coffee widely available elsewhere and closed on another.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 15 February 2020 via mobile

We didn’t eat here but we went several times mainly due to free WiFi. Staff are very friendly, helpful, there’s a really nice atmosphere and a great terrace (although WiFi doesn’t work so well there) overlooking the square. Thoroughly pleasant.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 8 February 2020

its impossible sleep in casa el escorial. 4 days we couldnt sleep because of noise. peaople speaking like they are in your badroom. no glas on window.only wood cover.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 16 January 2020 via mobile

The best coffee in Havana. The place is located in Plaza Vieja, one of the most important squares in Old Havana. The view is really good but the service is not excellent. If you want to enjoy a really good coffee go there!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 January 2020

I have to say that when it comes to coffee, I am a third wave person. I ordered a latte here and it was so not to my taste that I was unable to finish it. The location is nice, overlooking the square.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

Coffee is excellent and they have broad variety of drinks to offer. Just nothing without coffee and the service was very moody and unfriendly.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 28 November 2019

Stopped here twice during my trip and I was always happy with the coffee and value. I enjoyed the espresso with a bit of condensed milk which was £1 (1.25 CUC). The service was a bit hit and miss and was not a fan of...being asked to tip when I went up to pay but seems that as a white male in Cuba I am seen as financial opportunity first and customer second.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 26 October 2019

We had a friend recommend we look up this cafe + we were not disappointed - in fact we came back every day for our mid day coffee fix - setting is great - you can also buy the beans + have them grind it...- only wish they sold some baked goods + sandwiches to go along with the great coffee - so a tip would be to bring your own pastry :)More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 29 September 2019 via mobile

I had been warned by everyone I met (and other reviews) not to expect much in the way of service from this state owned cafe. The smell of the coffee still dragged me in, and I was pleasantly surprised when a lady approached me, made...a recommendation and even got me my coffee quite quickly. Payment didn't take any time at all either. Maybe I just chanced upon them at a slow time, but a great experience overall!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 16 August 2019

We were recommended to come here from our casa particular host, and the coffee didn't disappoint! We headed there in the morning and grabbed a seat in the cafe seating outside, and had a great view of the plaza. We grabbed the sandwich with ham...and cheese (half size per person), yummy.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile

It is a pity that a place with such a location, architecture and history has such a poor offer and a worst customer service. I recently visited that place for the third time and I got disappointed once more. They do not have most of...the items listed on the menu, the service took 30 minutes for serving a cup of coffee, they tried to overcharge us with things we never asked for. Summarizing, stay away of that place and go to any other of the fabulous establishments at the Old Square.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 7 August 2019

excellent coffee (they roast their own blend), and perfect people watching on Plaza Vieja. a perfect pause in a day of sightseeing.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 15 May 2019

As described on our title this was the best coffee place all over Havana. They roast their coffee and offer small batches for sale as well. This classic cafe is located on the old Havana square, which makes it an ideal place for relaxation after...a long walk. the staff was very friendly and we really enjoyed our time here.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 May 2019

This is a State run restaurant. The coffee and food are reasonable priced and there is NO excessive taxes. The view is great, the service is very good. You will enjoy your quite spot here with a beer or two.

Date of visit: February 2019
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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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