Best Cigar Shops in Cuba
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Cuba team
La Casa del Habano at Meliá Cohiba is becoming a popular place for people who know how to smoke a good cigar. The store is beautiful and cozy and is very well equipped. Dark polished wood, proud bottles of rum and cigars of all shapes and sizes welcome you upon entering. In the center of the stage is a comfortable seating area not far from a small semicircular bar.
Cohiba's story begins when one day in 1963, Commander Fidel Castro was traveling in his car and felt the deep scent of thin, long lancers his driver smoked. He immediately wanted to know what he was about, and his assistant told him that he was armed by a friend of his.
The original Partagás cigar factory is a shadow of what it was, a milestone that crumbles with splinters, paint flakes, a former beauty queen devastated by age. The building that remains the same image of the Cuban cigar industry for many is now empty, and the cigars are no longer crooked here, but the cigar store at its base remains so.
Few cigar lovers boast that they have visited the Casa del Habano at the National Hotel, but this great store is definitely worth a visit. We have found that it has large stocks of cigarettes and a source of some of them that you may not find elsewhere. El Nacional itself is a majestic hotel, standing on top of a cliff overlooking the boardwalk like a castle of yesteryear.
You can be forgiven for assuming that the Palacio de las Artesanías group of stores is a tourist trap. But it would be a shame to miss a very good cigar store that is about to become better. The store tends to attract a crowd of tourists, rather than serious fans, but they move past the goodies near the entrance and make their way to the humidifier as we did.
Many consider this store (called Fifth Avenue by the majority) as the best in Cuba, and this beautiful store in the picturesque Miramar neighborhood of Havana simply does not disappoint. Welcome to Carlos Robaina, who has been a part of the store for eight years, and who could tell the story of coming here as a young man with his father, the great Alejandro Robaina
Old Havana is a beautiful place to explore. A walk through these narrow and ancient streets is a pleasure, one that could lead to the Cuban reference bar La Bodeguita del Medio for a mojito. While the bar sells cigars, the purchase would not be a mistake, for a few blocks away there is a lovely and magnificent tobacconist.
It is not recommended to stay in the large, but seriously obsolete Hotel Habana Libre, but it would be a mistake to miss a stop at your Casa del Habano. It is the largest cigar store in Cuba that has consistently been full of cigarettes in all our visits since it opened in February 2010, and when a certain cigar cannot be found in one of the other stores it is very likely to be obtained here. .
The Melia Cohiba cigar store is a good place to buy cigarettes and a great place to smoke them. The store is greatly improved in its early days, and has a small but good selection of cigars. There always seems to be some Bolivar, Cohiba and a lot of Montecristo available for single sale within the small triangular humidor cabin.
Explore Seville at your own pace with a 24-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Marvel at the mix of Christian and Islamic monuments, such as the Torre del Oro, enjoy 2 free walking tours, and access to some of the city’s attractions.
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