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Cafe El Escorial

Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
868 3545
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“beans” (28 reviews)
“cakes” (22 reviews)
“cuban coffee” (9 reviews)
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Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here twice. Once I got a delicious coffee with Frangalico, which I really enjoyed. The second time my friends and I decided to buy some coffee to bring back home with us. Unless you're buying the roasted beans whole and not ground, be...More

Thank Gabasaurus
Reviewed 1 week ago

This café is situated on the Plaza Vieja and the tables provide a great view of the plaza. The coffee and baguettes are good. Service is slow, with some of the staff neither helpful nor friendly. After a few attempts to order, we eventually ended...More

Thank Coenraad L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Location to sit a while and enjoy a wonderful cup of cuban coffee on a beautiful square. There is one line for coffee beans and you must sit to order from the waiter/waitress. Very enjoyable!

Thank duboisfly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a place to take a break and enjoy a delicious coffee, visit this place. It's located in the Old Square, in one of the corners, so you will get a coffee and a great view of everything happening at the...More

Thank Dalida T P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by here for breakfast one morning. We were seated just outside looking onto the square. I ordered a Tuna Cuban sandwich which was very nice, along with a couple of cake slices (1 lemon, 1 chocolate) to go with some coffee. The cakes...More

Thank AttentiveTraveller
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Good coffee only about $1. Great pasties too they roast their own so get some and bring home. Good place to start the morning and see the scene or end the day with a cold coffee!

Thank Neil P
Reviewed 13 July 2017

If you are lucky enough to visit La Habana. I could not recommend Cafe El Escorial more highly. This is without doubt, the best espresso I have ever enjoyed. Great atmosphere and friendly service. If you want to buy coffee beans, better be there early...More

Thank Keyscritter93
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The covered verandah on Plaza Vieja is a great place to sit and enjoy a lovely cup of coffee, and even a delicious ham and cheese sandwich, whilst people watching on the square. It is very busy, so you have to pounce on a table...More

Thank alunwyn
Reviewed 1 July 2017

I asked for an espresso to be told their espresso is bad and that a frappe was the right choice. I declined asking for a latte but again, told it was bad. I settled for a cola. My wife ordered their recommended frappe. wait time...More

Thank Alistair C
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This is one of those places that you will either like or hate, depending on what matters to you. It's a very good-looking coffee shop, with perfect Cuban atmosphere and an excellent view of the most attractive corner of the Plaza Vieja. But it's a...More

Thank Tim A
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16 July 2017|
Response from CubaNinjaTravel | Reviewed this property |
They are open early. I believe 7-8am and they are open till 9pm, or until they run out of coffee. If you are buying whole beans, remember that there is a separate line to the right of the counter. The line going out the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercaderes No 317 Plaza Vieja | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 868 3545
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