'IF I GET LOST, LOOK FOR ME IN CUBA', FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
A city of faded glamour is so often how Havana, Cuba is described. Yet, it is this same faded glamour, combined with friendly people, a colourful history and a buzzing culture that truly makes this city so unique.
We've explored some of the cities most exciting places to eat, stay and see. Read on if you're needing a little vacation inspo!
Taking up residence in a dilapidated Havana house, La Guarida is considered one of the capital's best restaurants. A must-do if beautiful cuisine, delicious wine and an evening of indulgence are your thing.
Don't be perturbed if you can't find Le Chanosonnier immediately. This culinary experience is hidden away in a faded mansion and is well-worth spending the time to locate. French cuisine and wine await you. Note: Don't let your food go cold while you sit transfixed by your surroundings - the interiors will have you mesmerised.
A hotspot for tourists, locals and artists, Casa Miglis, is the brainchild of Cuban-Swedish owner, Michel Miglis. Cocktails at the bar, followed by Swedish fare in the restaurant and then dancing until the early hours - night sorted!
Hotel Parque Central
Located in central Havana, the Parque Central Hotel is known for its colonial-style architecture. Boasting a rooftop pool, take a moment to relax and rejuvenate before foraying out into the streets of Havana.
La Rose De Ortega
La Rosa De Ortega is a quiet bed and breakfast just a short distance from the heart of Old Havana. If you are looking for something low-key, but with a touch of creativity, owners Julia de la Rosa and Silvio Ortega will make you feel right at home.
Hotel Saratoga... you had us at rooftop bar and pool. A mainstay for artists and socialites visiting the city in the '30s, Hotel Saratoga had a revamp in the early 2000s. In true Cuban style, Hotel Saratoga is a mix of sophistication, creativity and good vibes!
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana
Founded in 1913 by architect, Emilio Heredia, The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana exhibits collections from colonial times up to contemporary generations. The buildings architecture alone is enough to draw your gaze. Venture inside - the collection of works is a treat!
A visit to Havana would not be complete without seeing and experiencing the towering El Capitolio building. Described as displaying a blend of Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles, the building is thought to be inspired by the Pantheon in Paris. El Capitolio now plays home to Cuba's Communist parliament.
Plaza De Armas
By day, Plaza Da Armas, is bustling with both tourists and locals relaxing in the sun, or sifting through a selection of books on sale in the square. By night the square, lit by gas lamps, fills with locals and tourists venturing into the restaurants and bars that surround the area.
MEET SARI... | LUMIRA PRODUCT MANAGER
What destination are you dying to visit, but haven't yet ticked off the bucket list?
I would love to visit South America, and in particular, Argentina. The culture, dancing, food and wine - especially the music. I love a country that is so different to where I come from (in Indonesia).
Does Cuban Tobacco remind you of a certain time and place?
It reminds me of my last trip to Turkey and the smell of my boyfriend's cigar!
What does the perfect weekend look like for you?
The perfect weekend... it would be spent with my partner and friends, somewhere warm - a summer's day - with a cocktail!