Our exploration of Old Havana (Habana Vieja) started with the Plaza Cathedral (Plaza de la Catedral). Old Havana's most uniform square, it hosts magnificent examples of Cuban baroque architecture, including the city's beguiling asymmetrical cathedral, Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana, dating from the 1700s. This incredible baroque cathedral was once described by novelist Alejo Carpentier as 'music set in stone.'
We passed by this plaza many times during our stay in Havana. It never failed to amaze us every time we walked through its corridors and across the cobbled-stoned square. Here, we could really feel the prosperous past.
The streets that lead to Cathedral were lovely and personal. With the amiable sunshine as the backdrop, we could hang out there for the whole afternoon.
Tucked in the alleys are some of the most famous restaurants in Havana. El Bodeguita del Medio was Hemingway's go-to place for mojito, and now turned into a tourist site, with bar and on-site singers. We went in for lunch and a sip of the same mojito that Hemingway used to have. Although not the best-value meal, it's a must-hit spot.