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Cafe El Escorial

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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My experience was trying to get a morning coffee, had to resort to going and getting a waiter and then the same again to pay. Seemed like everyone else was having the same experience - friends went a different day and waited so long they gave up and went somewhere else. There are lots of other better options on the... More 

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Thank sjs1811
Belgrade, Serbia
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125 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

the coffee here is good and cheap and the location is nice, so it is THE place to rest and recharge during a walk trough old Havana

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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415 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You know it's good when you see a line of locals waiting to buy their coffee beans. One of the few places where the staff smiled and spoke to you whilst serving. We kept coming back here for our coffee and cake afternoon break from the heat. Great location and large portions of cake to boot, can't beat it.

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Thank Ali921
Sweet Home, Oregon
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place for a good cup of Cubano or Americano coffee. We waited in line for some time to get fresh roast beans to bring home. We have enjoyed the medium roasted beans for several weeks now and shared them with friends and company. Check it out, you may one to pick up a kilo or two.

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Thank Dick97386
Lausanne, Switzerland
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102 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great coffee at a good price. It's a good spot to watch people go by. The ground coffee is also well known and there was a long queue of people buying ground coffee to take home. I would recommend this place if you like a good, strong, espresso or macchiato.

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Thank P B
pdx, oregon
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun place to grab some coffee. We sat in the plaza enjoying the delicious coffee, and people watching. I was even more excited to find out you can purchase the freshly roasted beans to take home. I wish we would have come across this place earlier in our visit.

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Thank kimcimm
Fairfield, Connecticut
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58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

On our tour our guide, Lisandra B. of havanatur.cu, brought us here to sample freshly roasted coffee. I had a delicious cappuccino and picked up some coffee to take home. Delicious!

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Thank cprofct
New York City, New York
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5,210 reviews
2,015 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 711 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

A great little café for drinks and snacks too. The service was friendly and fairly quick, and the prices were great. Indoor and outdoor seating in the plaza.

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Fethiye, Turkey
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127 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We had just coffee there while we were in Plaza Veija. The taste and service was good but a bit slow and also be sure to check the bill before the payment to see if anything is esagerated or not.

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Thank Murat B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Always try to go home with 1-2 kilos. Keep in mind that the long line for coffee beans are for the ground coffee. For whole bean there is a separate shorter line inside next to the counter tell them you want "Granos"... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 868 3545

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?