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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“beans” (29 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
“cuban coffee” (14 reviews)
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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 6 days ago

El Escorial was on my list of things to do, because of their popular coffee with ice cream and rum, so i stopped here twice and it was disappointing. Once i came 5 minutes before it opens and 6 clients were already waiting, but 7...More

Thank Karaoshkin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have relaxing walk in Havana,you can stop her for for coffee drinks and espresso.Drinks is good and atmosphere relaxing.You can sit inside or outdoor. Surprise high prices for this country.Do not expect quick service.Also you can buy here relatively high quality Cuban coffee...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 27 June 2018

On a day tour of the city, we noticed this small bar tucked away in the corner of Plaza Viejo. Our guide told us that it was one of his favorites. We came back in the early evening to do a little exploring on our...More

1  Thank TravelLovrs
Reviewed 24 June 2018

The waiters look you in the eye and just continue loitering against the wall or walk past you. Unless you walk inside and ask to be served your children could grow up while you wait at this place. Interesting coffees and cakes, but very expensive.

1  Thank HarveyCapeTown
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Located in the corner of Plaza Vieja, I bought whole coffee beans (1 kilo/20 CUC), the guys there are so nice... I got there at 9p just as they were closing doors he still let me in for their wonderful beans! Wish I had bought...More

Thank Flasunkist
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for a break from our tour. Delicious cafe Cubano and their desserts looked amazing. Service was quick, so we could get back to our tour.

Thank THalvorson81
Reviewed 21 April 2018

As a coffee roaster in Canada I was on the hunt for some tasty java in Cuba (our resort's coffee wasn't that great). I was lead here by the reviews and our tour guide in Havana. I bought some roasted beans, still warm from that...More

1  Thank Cathy P
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Heard the coffee was good here, so we took a table inside. 4 waiters were talking less than 3mt away but they ignored us. After waiting more than 5mins I thought maybe we had to order at the bar but when I got there he...More

Thank Lynne Z
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Went as told best coffee in town and find not disappointment. Our service was good but did see some bad service will sitting there. View is great can watch everything going on in the square. Would definitely recommend it tried other Cafes as there on...More

Reviewed 21 March 2018

This is the most perfect spot to while away a couple of hours, reading, people watching, enjoying the excellent coffee. Don't miss bringing some beans home. It is crazy inexpensive and the freshly roasted brew is top notch. At the cafe, the iced cold coffee...More

1  Thank WanderlustJL
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17 July 2017|
Response from Dallas S | 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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