Things to do in Havana

Cuba's capital city is climbing out of decades of decline to reclaim its spot as a cultural gem. There's construction going on all over the place to restore historic buildings while new restaurants and shops are opening up left and right. The things to do in Havana are constantly changing and improving. 

Plaza Vieja

This central square is art nouveau mixed with Cuban baroque architecture with a captivating atmosphere. The buildings that surround the square are filled with cafes and bars. One of the top things to do in Havana is enjoy a drink or a meal while people watching on the square. 

Fabrica de Arte Cubano

The new art house Fabrica de Arte Cubano is at the top of the list of things to do in Havana for art and music lovers. Art expos, fashion shows, live music and more occur regularly with the artists and musicians hanging out to mingle with visitors for a very informal and fun approach to art.  

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

This cemetery is a national monument at the top of the list of things to do in Havana. The guidebook with map sold at the entrance is helpful for navigating the tombs, statues, and monuments in one of the largest cemeteries in the Americas.


The Malecon is an 8 km stretch of road and boardwalk along the sea, popular for watching the sunset. It has long been a favorite meeting spot for philosophers, musicians, and lovers. Even though you can hear the traffic from the road, the view more than makes up for it and this so it is one of the most romantic spots in Havana. Don't miss out on these spectacular sunsets on the malecon when you travel to Cuba.

Capitolio Nacional

Havana's royal-looking capital building was built in the post-WWI sugar boom when the government was flush with riches. Like much of the city, it fell into decline in the late 20th century but it is now undergoing restoration to its original, ornate glory. 

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Everything from ancient Greek pottery to modern Cuban pop art is on display at the national art museum. For art lovers it should be at the top of the list of things to do in Havana. It is divided between two sites, one for Cuban art and one for everything else.

Museo Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway's house, now a museum, sits just outside Havana. A walk through the house gives visitors an intimate look at Hemingway's life. The museum is open daily unless there are renovations going on so it's best to call ahead. 

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

Spend half a day or more exploring this 18th century fort on the Havana harbor. It has been beautifully restored for visitors as one of the best things to do in Havana. There are two excellent museums on site plus restaurants, souvenir stands, and a cigar shop.


Updated March 16, 2018