As we told you, you will not be able to tell your friends that you have knewn Havana without having visited La Bodeguita del Medio: the Mojito Temple in Cuba. Let us add another site to your list of essential visits. It is the cradle of the Daiquiri, Hemingway’s second favorite bar in Havana, El Floridita.

This Bar and Restaurant located at the corner of Monserrate and Obispo streets attracts thousands of visitors each year. Nobody wants to miss the opportunity to taste a prepared Daiquiri in the Floridita and take a photograph with the statue of Ernest Hemingway. This famous American writer used to stay at the Ambos Mundos Hotel during his stays in Havana. Every day he came to this bar to enjoy his favorite drink, in his favorite corner. At present, that corner is adorned with photos, a bust and a life-size statue in honor of this personality.

But Hemingway was not the only one famous here. Other famous figures have also visited and left their mark, among them musicians and actors such as Ana Belén and Victor Manuel, Joaquín Sabina, Fito Páez, Jack Nicholson and Jane Fonda. Picturesque and illustrious characters like Giorgio Armani, Paco Rabanne, Naomi Campbell and the Dukes of Windsor have visited this place.

Like the Bodeguita del Medio, the Floridita also has its namesake in other countries of the world. In England you can visit the bar “Floridita London” and in Spain the “Floridita Madrid”. But none as charming and with as much tradition as the one in Havana capital.

Winner of the “Best of the Best Five Star Diamond” award, this year Floridita will celebrate its 200 year anniversary. Once again in October it will host the international cocktail competition “El Rey del Daiquirí” with the presence of the winning bartenders of the eight previous editions. Excellent opportunity to visit “the cradle of the Daiquiri” in Cuba.

For visit: Monserrate and Obispo streets corner, Old Havana, La Habana (“23.13738, -82.35738”). Open daily.

by: Leunam Rodríguez