1. Feria del Malecón (La)
Perhaps one of Havana's most attractive and best-known outdoor markets, it is located on an asphalt terrace overlooking the sea. Here local artisans offer everything from art deco lamps, to paintings with a certain naivety about them, inlaid boxes, leather sandals, old books, silver jewellery, wooden carvings, drums, maracas, bronze candlesticks, picture frames, and all sorts of Cuban souvenirs. Visitors are also rewarded with a veritable explosion of shapes and colours.
Malecón y D, Vedado
2. Libros Plaza de Armas
In a beautiful colonial park in the heart of Old Havana, between the Palacio del Segundo Cabo and the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, you will find this gathering of second-hand booksellers, known locally as ‘polilleros’, which is to say bookworms. All sorts of publications can be found here, ranging from old books some of which can be quite valuable, to the kind of texts many tourists love about the Cuban Revolution and Ché Guevara. It is also possible to find copies of books now out of print, or some rare first edition.
Calle Obispo y Tacón
1. Mercado Artesanal Trinidad
Ghost-white linen sheets billow over the colonial cobblestone, creating an image one never forgets. The best of the craft of embroidery and weaving has been inherited from colonial times and can be found at the Trinidad Craftsmanship Market. It is the biggest of its kind in the city. Handcrafted by folk artisans, wood-carvings, clay-bead necklaces, inlaid wooden coffers and figurines made of yarey and guano (palm fibres) await selection by the eye. Seek out the Orisha religious figurines and miniature animals and devils. Food vendors sell fresh fruit and used books can be found.
Address: Esquina Real del Jigüe y Capada Trinidad Sancti Spíritus 90100
Opening hours: 8am-6pm daily
Telephone: Ningun telefono disponible