A DAY IN HAVANA
Havana, Cuba, is a place like no other.
If you want a glimpse into the real Cuban life in one of the world's most eye-catching cities, then take a (long) walk through our favourite neighbourhood of Centro Havana.
This is where you will feel the magic of Cuba at its best!
You will stumble upon friendly locals on every corner, hanging out by the local fruit stall, playing a board game or watching the day go by at their front door.
The children play football on the streets while a classic 1950's Cadillac-turned-Taxi Collectivo halts to a stop and let's a passenger out.
Definitely try the different local transportation methods, like the bici-taxis (pictured above) or our personal favourite, the Coco-Taxi in the shape of a yellow-green egg.
Most of the buildings were built in the glory days and now need constant upkeep, but the locals take pride in bringing their homes to life with vivid colours. A feast for the eye, as there are so many wonderful facades to admire.
We were lucky to stroll around with local creatives like Karina (pictured above), who was more than happy to show us her city. Instagram is a great way to connect with local creatives beforehand, but be aware that internet in Cuba is expensive and difficult to access.
Also check out the shop of the first Cuban fashion brand to sell online called Clandestina. It is a creative hotspot and they have an amazing map with all the good food spots and bars. Get the map! And have a chat with the shop owners about the up-and-coming creative scene in Havana....
Definitely trust the recommendations on the map! Cuban food is generally not great (especially for vegetarians), so you really have to research where to go.
At night head to Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a contemporary cultural centre that combines art gallery and club life with lots of live concerts and DJs. It is definitely the place to be!
Being in Cuba, you will hear music being played everywhere, so we recommend taking some Cuban Salsa classes before and during your trip.
And if you are lucky you will find a spontaneous dance party in the street, where you will be more than welcome to shake your hips to the Cuban beats.