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Sense of Place: Cuba

Be transported to Havana, Cuba in the new Sense Of Place music series from World Cafe. Host David Dye traveled to Cuba in June of this year to get a musician’s view of the Havana music scene, and over the next month we'll hear from Eme Alfonso, who has released some gorgeous albums since emerging from her parents' renowned jazz-fusion band, Síntesis.

Explore the interactive map, city highlights, photos, videos - including a video tour of Havana with jazz singer Janet Valdes, and live performances in World Cafe Sense of Place: Cuba.


Sense of Place Cuba with our tour guide Janet Valdes


Eme Alfonso - Best Lie


Eme Alfonso - Para Mestizar

Live performance by Sintesis
performing 'Ochimini'


Live performance by Sintesis
performing 'Yaku Mia'


Live performance by Buena Vista Social Club
preforming 'Chan Chan'

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Sense of Place: Cuba - Local Guides

A big thanks to these folks who helped us tour Cuba.

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Videos for Sense of Place by Bob G Media


Photo Gallery - Cuba Photos by Bob G Media Err :

Restaurants, Bars and Clubs

Sense of Place: Cuba - Restaurants, Bars and Clubs

RESTAURANTS

  • Los Nardos
    Site: Trip Advisor
    Map: Paseo de MartíHavana, Cuba
    Description: Touted in some quarters as one of the best eateries in the city, this unprepossessing place is decked out in mahogany and leather and serves
    Media: Video
  • Café Madrigal
    Site: nytimes.com
    Map: Calle 17 No. 302 (altos) entre 2 y 4, Vedado
    Description: Intellectual, intense, artistic, a gathering point, a meeting place rather than simply somewhere to get something to eat.
    Media: Video
  • El Floridita
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: Obispo, Havana, Cuba
    Description: Founded in 1772 and still glowing after a recent 21st-century makeover, this drinking and eating establishment is a great place to sink a few cocktails before dinner. The music doffs its cap, more often than not, to mambo king Benny Moré
    Media: Video
  • Cafe Taberna
    Site: lonelyplanet.com
    Map: 800 cnr Brasil & Mercaderes
    Description: Founded in 1772 and still glowing after a recent 21st-century makeover, this drinking and eating establishment is a great place to sink a few cocktails before dinner. The music doffs its cap, more often than not, to mambo king Benny Moré
    Media: Video
  • Hanoi
    Site: yahoo.com
    Map: 134 Calle Brasil (Teniente Rey)
    Description: Although only a short walk from the Capitolio Nacional, the Hanoi restaurant is a little off the tourist trail, in an area of Old Havana still waiting to be restored to its former glory.
    Media: Video
  • Calle Obispo
    Site: lonelyplanet.com
    Map: 4330 Calle Obispo Havana, Cuba
    Description: Perhaps Havana's most vibrant street, Calle Obispo is a great spot for an evening stroll. Well lit and perfectly preserved, the feeling of being there is like that of stepping back in time.
    Media: Video
  • Bars

Other

  • Bacardi Building
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: 532 Avenida de Bélgica No. 261
    Description: The art deco landmark building was designed for the Bacardi rum company, completed in 1930 and was at the time the largest building in the city.
    Media: Video
  • Hotel National
    Site: hotelnacionaldecuba.com
    Map: Calle 21 y O, Vedado
    Description: This historic luxury hotel located on the Malecón features an eclectic mix of architectural styles. It opened in 1930, when Cuba was a prime travel destination for Americans, long before the embargo.
    Media: Video
  • Teatro Nacional de Cuba
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: Plaza de la Revolucion Havana, Cuba
    Description: This theatre building and associated threatre company were created for propaganda and arts purposes in the early years of the revolution.
    Media: Video
  • Malecón
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: Havana Harbor Coastline
    Description: An 8km long roadway and seawall which serves for nighttime promenades by Habaneros, for lovers and most of all for individual fishermen.
    Media: Video
  • Hotel Parque Central
    Site: hotelparquecentral-cuba.com
    Map: Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Habana Vieja
    Description: The magnificent Hotel Parque Central combines the elegance of the Spanish colonial style with the ultimate modern services and facilities.
    Media: Video
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: San Rafael, e/ Zulueta y Monserrate
    Description: A museum of Fine Arts that exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations.
    Media: Video
  • Plaza Vieja
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: Mercaderes and Muralla
    Description: An open space since 1559, this was the site of executions, processions, bullfights, and fiestas - all witnessed by Havana's wealthiest citizens, who looked on from their balconies.
    Media: Video
  • Parque John Lennon
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: Vedado district in Havana, Cuba
    Description: The sculpture of Lennon is not wearing his signature round-lens glasses, which have been stolen, or vandalized, several times. However, during the day, a security guard can be found sitting next to the bench who will place glasses on the statue by request.
    Media: Video
  • Hotel Ambos Mundos
    Site: hotelambosmundos-cuba.com
    Map: Calle Obispo No. 153 esq. a Mercaderes
    Description: Renowned for its history, Hemingway stayed and wrote one of his novels here.
    Media: Video
  • Plaza de San Francisco
    Site: wikipedia.org
    Map: Oficios Havana, Cuba
    Description: Called San Francisco because of the convent next to it, this square was conceived in 1628, with the objective of supplying water to the ships trading with the metropolis.
    Media: Video
  • Casa de Africa
    Site: lonelyplanet.com
    Map: Obrapía No 157
    Description: The Casa de África houses sacred objects relating to Santería collected by ethnographer Fernando Ortíz.
    Media: Video
  • Callejon de Hamel
    Site: lonelyplanet.com
    Map: Vedado Havana, Cuba
    Description: Is a normal street with houses outside but it's got art galleries, art instalations, Rumba, play, drums, life, people dancing...
    Media: Video

Other Places


Places of Interest

  • Angelo Brocato Ice Cream
    Site: angelobrocatoicecream.com
    Map: 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Description: As rich in history as it is in flavor, Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream Parlor has become a popular New Orleans tradition. Ice cream and desserts. Long standing favorites and an increasing line of pastries and coffees entice natives and visitors with equal zest.
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan
    Media: Photo
  • Euclid Records
    Site: euclidrecords.com
    Map: 3401 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 70117
    Description: Great record store. Nice selection of used vinyl. Most LPs are in very good to mint condition. The employees are knowledgable.
    Recommended By: Ani DiFranco
    Media: Video
  • F&F Botanicals-Candles Shop
    Site: orleanscandleco.com
    Map: 801 North Broad Street New Orleans, LA 12345
    Description: F & F Botanica Spiritual Supply is located on 801 North Broad St. in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
  • Holt Cemetery
    Site: nolacemeteries.com
    Map: 635 City Park Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119
    Description: An under-ground cemetery-- possibly the only one in New Orleans. The people buried here are poor, but the graves are very personal and the site is very peaceful. Orbs are very common and the feeling that someone is touching you or tugging on your clothes is constantly felt.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
  • Jackson Square
    Site: jackson-square.com
    Map: 542 Saint Peter Street New Orleans, LA
    Description: Historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson, is a timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Lake Pontchartrain
    Site: pontchartrain.net
    Map: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, LA
    Description: Hanging out along the river and by Lake Pontchartrain.
    Recommended By: John Boutte
    Media: Photo
  • Louis Armstrong Park
    Site: lonelyplanet.com
    Map: Congo Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/neworleans/N25399.html#ixzz1wwBcuqim
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Preservation Hall
    Site: preservationhall.com
    Map: 726 Saint Peter Street New Orleans, LA 70195
    Description: Located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is both sweet and very beautiful.
    Recommended By: General
    Media: Video
  • Saint Claude Ave
    Site: myneworleans.com/st-claude
    Map: Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans 70117
    Description: The next up and coming music hot spot. The doors are open, the noisy crowds are flowing from one gallery to the next and local and international visitors are enjoying the dozen or so new contemporary art exhibitions opening tonight. You might assume it's another night on Julia Street or maybe Magazine. But be surprised. This vibrant scene is taking place in the Upper 9th Ward on St. Claude Avenue in the Bywater, and it's not just this night. It is 'Second Saturday of the Month' and it happens 12 months of the year.
    Recommended By: Davis Rogan, Ani DiFranco
    Media: Photo
  • Voo Doo Spiritual Temple
    Site: voodoospiritualtemple.org
    Map: 828 North Rampart Street New Orleans, LA 70116
    Description: Established in 1990 by Priestess Miriam. Only voodoo spiritual temple in the South. Featured on TV and in movies nationally and internationally. The teachings touch the souls of all.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
  • Zulu Shop
    Site: kreweofzulu.com
    Map: 722 North Broad Street New Orleans, PA 70119
    Description: Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The Zulu organization is proud of its standing in the local community, but also takes pride in its national and international standing. The Zulu organization has been the subject of numerous television documentaries and newsprint and magazine articles. King Zulu 1949, Louis Armstrong, graced the pages of Time Magazine that year. Essence devoted a full half-hour segment of their weekly television series to Zulu's impact on Carnival. Hordes of feature stories and photo essays have been done by international publication.
    Recommended By: Dr. John
    Media: Video
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