The best shopping spots in Cuba
Are you planning a visit to Cuba this year? I am sure that you will have an unforgettable holiday. This fascinating Caribbean country is a top tourist destination, attracting millions of tourists yearly. Its fantastic colonial cities and towns, including Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey are major destinations. So are the resort towns and islands surrounding Cuba, including Varadero, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo and so on. The natural jewels of the country are also very attractive for visitors.
Besides the attractions, Cuban products like the cigar, rum and coffee are also attractive for visitors. If you would like to buy some great products, gifts and souvenirs, I suggest you to read this guide. Below I will present you the best shopping spots in Cuba.
Palacio de la Artesanía
Situated in Havana, the Palacio de la Artesanía is with no doubt a great shopping spot in Cuba. The building which houses the shopping mall is actually a beautiful colonial palace. If you would like to buy souvenirs, crafts, cigars, CDs, musical instruments, jewelry or clothing, I suggest you to visit this shopping spot. A great thing about it is that the prices are fixed. It is open daily from 9:00 until 19:00. (June 2013)
Variadades Galiano is another popular shopping spot in Havana. It is actually the point where the Av de Italia and San Rafael thoroughfares meet. You will find everything here, ranging from old records to clothing and crafts. It is very popular among local people and visitors, too. The Variadades Galiano is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays 9:00 until 13:00. (June 2013)
Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales
If your destination in Santa Clara, I have good news for you. The Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales is also a great shopping spot of Cuba. It is a shopping street nicknamed the “Boulevard” by locals. With good restaurants and shops, it is the main shopping spot in the town. If you would like to buy good handicrafts, this is the place to go. There are excellent tourist shops in the area.
Santiago de Cuba’s ARTex is a great place to go shopping. Any type of souvenir you would like to buy, you will find it here. From CDs to Che souvenirs, you will find everything here. It is open daily from 11:00 to 23:00. (June 2013)
Arts & Crafts Market
rinidad’s Arts & Crafts Market is another good shopping spot. It is a fantastic open-air market where you can buy souvenirs and textiles at the same time. If you visit Trinidad and you are searching for a good place to go shopping, the Arts & Crafts Market is the place to go.