5 must-buys in Havana Havana

Zulu bolsos de piel

Fermando Fuero no 104
Habana Vieja

Zulu bolsos is a local business founded by Zulueta Sardiñas. Purses, bags, wallets and more, of unique and exceptional quality. The designs are contemporary, elegant and timeless. Everything is made in Havana from recycled leather

Alma

Calle 18 no 314
entre 3ra y 5ta
Miramar
+53 5264 0660
www.almacubashop.com

The owner Alexandra Oppman has a keen eye and has curated a selection of local favourites you will want to take home, from simple necklaces to clever clutches. I’m a big fan of the paper notecards, bookmarks and notebooks.

Memorias Libreria

Ánimas no 57
entre Prado y Zulueta
Centro Habana
+53 7862 5153
 

This is the leading old bookstore in Havana. Movie and political posters, baseball memorabilia, old China cups, fountain pens, old panoramic photos, books and magazines like Bohemia. Everything is nicely organized which makes for pleasant browsing. The owners of the place are friendly and helpful.

Estudio Cleo

Calle I no 511 apto 1
entre 23 y 25
Vedado
+53 7832 3765

Estudio Cleo is situated in a beautiful and luminous Vedado house. Creative and original souvenirs, a wide selection of inspiring objects. It’s impossible not to buy something. We guarantee you will only leave empty-handed if everything is sold out and they are waiting for new arrivals.

Habana 1791

Mercaderes no 156
esq Obrapía
Habana Vieja
+53 7861 3525

Handmade perfumes from tropical flowers and plant oils. You can combine several ingredients yourself to create your own fragrance but first the alchemist-perfumer will sit down for a chat with you to find out more about your state of mind and character. There are over 300 basic aromas.

Estudio Cleo - photo ©
Estudio Cleo - photo ©

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