Shopping in Cuba
Though the range of consumer products available in Cuba’s shops is slowly expanding, quality and choice are still generally poor – cigars, rum, music and arts and crafts remain the really worthwhile purchases here. The late 1990s saw the first modern shopping malls emerge, predominantly in Havana, but outside of these and a few of the grandest hotels, shopping comes with none of the convenience and choice you’re probably used to. Almost all shops actually carrying any stock now operate in convertible pesos, but a pocketful of national pesos allows you the slim chance of picking up a bargain.
Estaciones is a bazaar located in Havana, where you can find traditional Cuban gifts and souvenirs to give to friends, family or to simply remind yourself of the wonderful trip you had to Havana.
Plaza Carlos III is a four-story commercial center located in Havana that includes shops, fast food outlets, a bank, food market, which after wide-ranging remodeling and restoration, first opened in October 1997.
One of Havana’s oldest and most famous cigar factories, the landmark neoclassical Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás was founded in 1845. The original construction, which includes a courtyard surrounded by an arcade, was expanded in the early 20th century with the construction of a second floor and a two-story annexed building.