Almacenes San Jose, Havana

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In Old Havana's oldest depository, a lively hub of colorful handicrafts, artisan products, and music dwells in Almacenes San Jose. Dating back to 1885, the renovated warehouse now stocks everything from leather craft and ceramics, to toys and tobacco accessories. Take your time to explore the multicolored maze, a cultural hub that also supports local artists using the space for musical performances and art activities. Haggle with the shopkeepers, who don't mind having a friendly debate about the price. Spend time hunting for a bargain and ensure what you’re purchasing is an authentic Cuban piece. To visit Almacenes San Jose on your holiday in Havana, and find out what else Havana has to offer, use our Havana trip itinerary builder site .
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  • recommended to make purchases of rum, cigars and handicrafts, since prices are more economic. also you get paintings and painted decorations for ceramics. prices are achieved by multiple objects, it must always be
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  • The San Jose market is close to the port where the cruise ships come in. You can get cigars, rum, tee shirts, beach bags and art work. It is very large. We were told they accept US dollar but when we ...  more »
  • The shops pretty much anywhere you in Havana City, but was looking forward to what is selling in a market that also stores also shop together. Many tout the disappointing high level.
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  • Wish we had more time here. You will see the work of very talented people at very reasonable prices. There's a lot of repetition of products. You should always bargain. The more you buy, the better should be the deal you should get. We were happy with our purchases. It was with walking distance -- 10 - 15 minutes -- of where the ship was docked. Hope this is helpful. Enjoy your visit there.
  • I liked it! Arrive by horse and buggy or leave so afterwards. Sure - a few of the vendors had a lot of repeat souvenirs. Others had some very interesting and unique wares. IE What I call the “speedy-run-away-toy-turtle”. It’s shaped like a turtle and made from a half coconut. Powered by a string spool and rubber bands underneath. The operator walks it on the ground like you would a yo-yo. Very clever!!. Another was a cedar box that locks on closure. No visual lock mechanism. It comes in many sizes and can only be opened in a special way. Lots of leather goods and remarkable paintings for all kinds of tourists. (Sorry no pictures to add.) You can negotiate the price on anything. See if you can avoid paying in $US. (You lose more.) Pay in Euros, Mex Pesos or CUCs for a better deal. Lots to see in Havana - put this spot on your “must-see” list. My $.02 C
  • Kind of disappointed. It's actually a market full of tourist souvenirs. Nothing else. You should try the ice cold coconut milk or the natural pina collada.
  • Overall it's amazing things and eats at great prices. The quality is really good, and you can easily spend 10 or 20 CUCs and get plenty of stuff. The vendors will call after you and try to make you visit their booth, and some of them are a little pushy. But, overall it was a fun place to get great stuff and have lunch.
  • 5 stars for the art. The souvenir vendors have the same limited and tired collection of tchotchkes you'll find throughout Cuba. But take a walk around the perimeter of the market for unique, original, and interesting art. From the homages to Andy Warhol and Charlie Chaplin (Cubans seem to love him) to funky folk art, it is full of affordable and completely Cuban art.
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