Restaurant - Floridita Bar
Bar and restaurant in the City of Havana, Cuba, which has been operating since 1817
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Bar and restaurant in the City of Havana, Cuba, which has been operating since 1817 and became world famous thanks to the writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who used to visit him regularly. Its slogan is 'The cradle of the daiquirí' and Hemingway himself increased his fame with a phrase that attracted tourists from all over the planet: 'My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquirí in La Floridita'. This writer ended up becoming the main tourist attraction for visitors who come from around the world to know the Floridita, to the point where a statue of a Hemingway layered at the end of the bar is the great attraction of the bar.
With almost two centuries of history 'La Cuna del Daiquirí' keeps lovely anecdotes of what was and is Havana, and its most select visitors. Recognized worldwide for its excellent cocktails and the exquisiteness of its fish and seafood dishes, prepared by masters of international and Cuban cuisine, with an author's cuisine that has a unique stamp, Hemingway only had enough one visit to get caught Forever from one of the most emblematic corners of the country.
Floridita opened its doors in 1817 with the name of La Piña de Plata, in Obispo y Monserrate. Shortly after it was called Florida. In 1910 it was extended with the restaurant area, towards Monserrate Street, commanded by a French chef. In 1914, the Catalan Constantino Ribalaigua Vert began working as a waiter and four years later he would become the owner of the premises when he acquired it from Salas Perera, already under his definitive name, Floridita.
Constantine (also known as 'Constante') was the one who took the daiquiri for the first time to Havana, a drink born inside Cuba. In the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway settled in the Ambos Mundos Hotel, a few blocks from the Floridita, a bar where he used to drink daiquiri almost every day and, especially, the Double Papa variant, created in his name and so called due that in Cuba the writer was affectionately known as 'Pope.' When he moved to Finca Vigía, on the outskirts of Havana, he usually traveled to the capital to drink his favorite daiquiri in what he called 'the best bar in the world.'
The Floridita has became a permanent tribute to Hemingway, with an exhibition of photographs of the writer with his friends (almost all accompanied by a Double Pope), as well as a bronze bust made in 1954 and located in what was his Favorite corner inside the bar, and a life-size sculpture made in 2003 where it is supported on the bar. From the opening of Cuba to international tourism, numerous guided tours pass through the Floridita daily for travelers to photograph themselves next to the sculpture of the writer. In 1991 the Floridita was completely remodeled, although respecting all the original elements that made it famous, including the bust of Hemingway and the bar.
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