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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  • Bought some music CDs and on returning home found none of them worked. Rip off. Although it is very large, most of the stalls sell the same useless junk. There are quite a few wonderful shops in Havan...  more »
  • Make them an offer. Never pay what they ask. Trade for items if you know how. (Tubes of toothpaste are like gold to them) With that said, my wife an I spent parts of 2 days at this vendors market. We ...  more »
  • This was a good example of a re-purposed building which now houses, I dare say, hundreds of small souvenir shops and artist's exhibits. I am not sure I believe the items they are selling are all hand ...  more »
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  • This is the place to buy souvenirs and beautiful Cuban art & paints, found a good cedar humidor for cigars
  • An indoor market for arts and crafts aimed at tourists. Some nice items for sale but not worth going out of your way for unless hunting for gifts.
  • Handicrafts market mainly aimed at tourists. Most of the items for sale are the classic souvenirs (figurines, handbags, hats, percussion, rum, cigars). Perhaps the most interesting and authentic is the one dedicated to the paintings and canvases, among other very beautiful and of various styles and genres (with an eye always on Cuba and its glimpses). Some kiosks where you can eat and drink, and the cadeca to change money.
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  • Centre cultural and commercial, antique stores San Jose is an interesting craft market located in the last section of the Avenida del Puerto, very close to the Church of San Francisco de Paula, the tobacco warehouse and wood and some remains of the old wall of Havana.
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  • Perfect place to buy crafts. Very good prices.
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