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Cuba Libro

Calle 24, corner Calle 19 | Vedado, Havana 10400, Cuba
+53 7 8305205
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A good place to get a coffee in Vedado

We found this little oasis by Tripadvisor and were not dissapointed by the place. It was the first... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paulo S
Only good coffee in Havana

We checked the trip advisor reviews and thought we should visit as we were sick of tasteless... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Andrew S
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Cuba Libro is the only English-language bookstore/coffeehouse on the island. We are an ethically- and socially-responsible business dedicated to supporting the community in which we work and sharing the best of Cuba with visitors. We host cultural events (art openings, live music, book launches and the odd chess tournament), are a clearinghouse for cultural and visitor information, and are building bridges and friendships (read: busting myths and breaking down barriers) between Cubans and foreigners alike. We believe that it's essential to maintain and grow the humanism and solidarity that has defined Cuban culture over the last half century and work everyday to make that a reality. We also have the best coffee drinks and hammocks in Havana! Plus a killer collection of books.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Calle 24, corner Calle 19 | Vedado, Havana 10400, Cuba
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this little oasis by Tripadvisor and were not dissapointed by the place. It was the first place in Cuba were we found out was LGBT friendly and had an interasting glimpse of what is the transgender movement in the island. The Coffee was...More

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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Gracias Paulo!! So glad you got to drop by and experience our blend of hospitality, tranquility and great coffee. We always close for the month of August (five years running, and in fact, yesterday was our official 5 year anniversary!!) but reopen on Sept 9....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We checked the trip advisor reviews and thought we should visit as we were sick of tasteless coffee. In fact we were really just intrigued to visit the only English bookstore in Cuba. We checked the taxi cost from our hotel which was 10 CUC...More

1  Thank Andrew S
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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hola Andrew!! Thanks for posting this review - good books, coffee and vibe plus hammocks and an environmental stewardship policy. You get us!! On the LGBTQ front: we are a coffee shop and oasis for everybody. No matter who walks through our gate, regardless of...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stop in at Cuba Libro. The tea we had was amazing!!! The staff was incredibly friendly and informative. The whole place was super relaxed and I am so glad we got the chance to stop.More

Thank Lindsay M
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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hola Lindsay! Sorry for the delay in responding but maybe you had your own adventures with internet connectivity in Cuba (no es facil!!) It's hard to find a place just to relax in Havana, without reggaeton or hustlers, waiters/waitresses pestering you to drink up or...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

We went here specifically for the iced coffee! Super cool hippyish type place. The owner was super friendly. We loved this place! We could probably spend hours there drinking the iced coffee!More

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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Hola Jason. Thanks so much for you review. My cuban friends were TOTALLY skeptical when I insisted on having ice coffee on the menu - it just isn't (wasn't!) a thing here. Now my cuban friends are ordering it all the time. We didn't even...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Cuba Libro is a beautiful little cafe (arty, blanketed with leaves and tucked away on the corner of a largely residential stretch of El Vedado) with great coffee, friendly staff, and an eclectic & useful library. Not only is it just generally a great hang...More

1  Thank Marissa P
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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thanks Marissa, for your detailed review. One of the things we are doing every day at Cuba Libro (and which you experienced first hand) is helping visitors maximize their stay here - it can be a little confusing, no?! Where to change money, how the...More

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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Run by expat, stock of English title books dependent on who has brought anything recently (uh, Baker and Taylor warehouses do not ship to Cuba.....). But so much more than books and coffee: plan to stick around, chat up people--Cubans, other visitors. A real crossroads....More

2  Thank Grant102
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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Hey Grant!! Thanks for this great review (and your support!). A couple of points: this "expat" is also a working writer and health journalist (stayed tuned for my 2 new books which will be launched and available at Cuba Libro later this year), so is...More

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Reviewed March 2, 2018

It was WONDERFUL to relax and enjoy some great iced coffee (rare in cuba) in the beautiful tranquil garden/patio of the cafe. It was even more wonderful to meet conner (owner) and pick her brain about what its like to be an ex-pat in Cuba....More

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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

Hello from Havana! Thank you so much for your comment. And for getting it/us!! We are definitely swimming against the tide here with our ethically and socially responsible business where we try every day to bring good coffee, trustworthy information, laughter and a healthy, educational...More

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

We were in the area with our guide touring private art studios when he looked and asked, "Do you want a coffee?" That answer will always be yes. I then responded, "Do you think they will have iced coffee?" I was thinking not since we'd...More

1  Thank whatablessing
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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2018

Hola from Havana!! It's so funny how Cubans do not take to ice coffee (most of them anyway). Just the other day, Cuba Libro Shift Manager Alfredo said: I don't get why people drink ice coffee. It doesn't do anything for me! But I know...More

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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Very cool spot. Inspiring. Do not miss if you love books and bookstores. Excellent collection of books, thoughtful progressive philosophy and a neat vibe.

Thank DianeLL215
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ConnerGo, Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2018

Glad you found us Diane and that you had a chance to peruse our carefully curated selection of books and get into the swing of things, Cuba Libro style. Cheers! Conner & Team Cuba Libro

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

This is a great place to talk to young Cubans and Cuba friendly travelers! I tried to go every weekend to study, and the drinks were wonderful. Discussing medicine and politics under a gigantic almond tree, and scraping all my change to buy a magazine...More

1  Thank Tia T
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ConnerGo, General Manager at Cuba Libro, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

Hola Tia!! thanks for the thoughtful review. I completely forgot about the wedding suit!! But that's Cuba Libro for you: something for everyone! A little side note: as part of our ethically and socially responsible business model, people don't have to consume at Cuba Libro...More

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twofishes
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Hola twofishes! With great pleasure. This is our list of books, updated on Feb 6, that our community has come to us seeking. Have a great trip and thanks for your support! • How to Prepare for the IELTS • IELTS Official... More
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Here it is! Thanks in advance for your support: • Any comic books • Anything by Charles Bukowski • Drown, Junot Diaz • Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole • The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz • This is... More
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