Julienne Gage

Plenty of cities inspire nostalgia, but none is as famously frozen in time as Havana. The Cuban capital has been an epicenter of Latin American and Caribbean arts and culture for centuries. Stroll down any street and you’ll witness examples in its Spanish colonial, Art Nouveau, and Mid-Century Modern architecture or in the vibrant sounds of live bands playing at local restaurants. Visitors can stroll through the city’s many plazas, admire paintings and art installations in world-class museums, and sip mojitos while they watch local singer-songwriters belt out jazzy boleros. 

But Havana is changing. In recent years, increasing numbers of local entrepreneurs have tried their hand at founding restaurants, art galleries, bars and bistros. Whether you’re looking to order a cocktail at one of Hemingway’s old watering holes or you’re curious to learn about the island's dynamic history, there are plenty of ways to explore Havana, its beaches, and outlying communities.