In recent years, several small and wonderful stores have sprung up around Havana, offering tourists some wonderful opportunities to browse truly unique, locally made items. Here is our guide to some of the best places to visit to pick up a souvenir to treasure.
Our Havana Shopping Suggestions
Let’s start in the centre. Right in the heart of La Habana Vieja are several beautiful boutique stores as well as the huge artisan market. All our top picks in this area are all close together so you can enjoy a wander through the beautiful streets of Old Havana whilst hunting for that perfect item.
PiscoLabis – homeware, furniture, clothing and accessories
San Ignacio 75
Piscolabis features homeware and jewellery, much of which is repurposed from vintage items. It’s situated very close to the Cathedral and other top sights. As well as being great for browsing, it has a cute café area.
Clandestina – clothing, accessories, home décor and art
Founded in 2015, this brand has quickly become one of the most successful private businesses in Cuba. Find urban-style clothing branded the with famous slogan ‘Actually, I’m in Havana’ and many others. There are also art prints available, rolled and ready to pack in your suitcase, as well as stationery and Havana themed accessories.
Dedor – clothing and accessories
For more sophisticated fashion than Clandestina, try Dador. Natural linen and simple, chic designs have made this small boutique store incredibly popular. All hand-made in Cuba and in natural, comfortable fabric.
San Jose Artisan Market (Mercado Artesanal Antiguos Almacenes) – souvenirs and more!
Avenida del Puerto
This is the big one – a huge indoor market made up of individual stall selling clothes, souvenirs, artwork, beauty products and more. Don’t miss D’Brujas Jabones Artesanales (stand 432) for handmade soaps made from all-natural ingredients by local women.
Can you go shopping in Vedado?
Yes! If you are visiting this trendy district, you should certainly think about spending some time in the stores. Close to the iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba you will find Calle 23 and an opportunity to shop alongside local people in a bustling setting. However, if you are looking for a more boutique experience, and often a chance to meet the designers themselves, try these…
Calle Línea 256
Find stylish handmade silver jewellery, all designed and made in Cuba. Attentive customer service and a chic interior make this small shop worth a visit if you are in the area. They also sell their designs in a store in Calle Obispo in heart of Old Havana.
Fabrica de Arte Cubano – clothing, jewellery and art
Calle 26 e/11 y 13
Now listed as one of Time Magazine’s top 25 must-see places in the world, this multi-purpose venue defies a definition. Combining art galleries, nightclubs, music venues, cafes and restaurants, this former oil factory is a unique space. It also contains some great shopping opportunities, with unique clothing and jewellery from up and coming designers. Arrive by 9pm and catch one of the frequent fashion shows for some inspiration. It’s worth putting a few extra CUC in your purse before a night out and picking up some unique souvenirs here.
Boutique shopping in Miramar, Cuba
Slightly further out of the city, Miramar is an affluent, leafy suburb with a few gems for shoppers.
Alma – accessories, clothing, jewellery and homewares
Calle 18 314 e/5ta y 3ra
This small, beautiful boutique stocks hand-made, Cuban art and craft pieces. The service is incredibly friendly and helpful, and there are always new items, sourced from local artists and artisans. It’s not a cheap option, but you are certain to find something unique. They also run craft workshops for children at the weekend, which is a good option if you are travelling with little ones.
Cositass – souvenirs, small homewares, jewellery
Calle 3ra 2804, e/28 y 30
An eclectic mix of homeware, jewellery, art pieces and small furniture items. Cositass (literally, little things) also contains a pleasant café. Items are reasonably priced and very quirky – perfect for younger shoppers.