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Palacio de la Artesanía is another of the places you should not miss on your trip to the capital of all Cubans, especially if you want to take home a present from your stay on the island.

Full of history and Cuban history, this mansion currently houses a center for the marketing of souvenirs, which include perfumes, tobacco, leather and wood products, textile garments, such as the famous Cuban guayabera, among others typical of the nation.

The baroque style building has wooden balconies, columns with semicircular arches and a large interior patio with stools and tables that immerse the visitor in the Cuba of the late eighteenth century.

The Palacio de la Artesanía (Craftsmanship Palace), which was originally the home of the councilman and mayor Mateo Pedroso, today welcomes the traveller who arrives here to buy handcrafted objects and enjoy the cuisine and drinks, to the rhythm of the live performances of the Compañía Habana Compás Dance Company.

Its advantageous location, near the Cathedral of Havana and the Bay Tunnel, is propitious for the traveler to make a stop at this place for rest, music and the purchase of the best rum, tobacco or coffee, among other handcrafted products with the distinctive seal of the Cuban culture.

For visitsCalle Cuba 64, e/ Cuarteles y Peña Pobre, Old Havana, Havana, Cuba (23.142853, -82.35401). Telephone:+53 7 8668072

by: Lys Alfonso Bergantiño