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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 13 July 2017

If you are lucky enough to visit La Habana. I could not recommend Cafe El Escorial more highly. This is without doubt, the best espresso I have ever enjoyed. Great atmosphere and friendly service. If you want to buy coffee beans, better be there early...More

Thank Keyscritter93
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The covered verandah on Plaza Vieja is a great place to sit and enjoy a lovely cup of coffee, and even a delicious ham and cheese sandwich, whilst people watching on the square. It is very busy, so you have to pounce on a table...More

Thank alunwyn
Reviewed 1 July 2017

I asked for an espresso to be told their espresso is bad and that a frappe was the right choice. I declined asking for a latte but again, told it was bad. I settled for a cola. My wife ordered their recommended frappe. wait time...More

Thank Alistair C
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This is one of those places that you will either like or hate, depending on what matters to you. It's a very good-looking coffee shop, with perfect Cuban atmosphere and an excellent view of the most attractive corner of the Plaza Vieja. But it's a...More

Thank Tim A
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Of the four of us, I was the only non-coffee drinker. They each had espressos and loved them. The service was excellent and view unbeatable.

Thank 2TravelLuvers
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Slower service than other places on the square. The food was comparable to other cafe's on the plaza and we has the ham and cheese sandwiches which was good.

Thank Chris_elliott57
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

The lines are epic however if you buy unground beans there is no wait! You watch the Cuban people roasting the coffee right in front of you!

Thank AdventureAbounds1
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We just had coffee and cakes here, so can't comment on the meals but it's a nice place to take a break from walking around Havana when the heat gets to you. Coffee was delicious.

Thank rajushah2017
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We went for breakfast. Lots of interesting choices for coffee. Service was not the best. She got our order wrong and blamed me, but it happens in Havana. Part of the experience.

Thank yannis63
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Food is steep, but come for a late evening drink or two, and watch the light change over the Plaza Vieja - perfect.

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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
Kids, View, Child-friendly
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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