Havana, Cuba travel tips

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Remember that Havana has a Chinatown, so if you have a craving for Chinese food during your stay, head to Chinatown--just look for the arch.

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If you've ever dreamed of dining in a former place of torture, have a meal at Restaurant El Morro, which is located in a former fort.

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For an interesting combination of flavors, try some of the Cuban-Vietnamese cuisine at the Restaurante Hanoi.

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If you want to have mojitos where they were invented, head to La Bodeguita del Medio, which also happens to be the city's most famous restaurant.

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One of the better state-run restaurants in Havana is La Zaragozana, which has undergone a relatively recent renovation.

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For fresh food, be sure to check out the peasant market just off Agramonte.

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Wander behind the Inglaterra, where you can find block after block of crumbling mansions.

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One of the city's loveliest hotels is the Hotel Sevilla.

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If you have an interest in history, be sure to see the Museo de la Revolucion, where you can see "Granma," the boat which brought Castro and Guevara from Mexico to Cuba in 1956.

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Check out Havana's oldest cigar factory, Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas.

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If you have an interest in architecture, don't miss the Gran Teatro de la Habana, an exquisite building.

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Check out the bar Worlmold, which was mentioned in Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana."

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When walking in Havana, look out for the holes in the streets and sidewalk. There are a lot of them, and they can be dangerous, especially if you're in heels.

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Be sure to get out and explore Paseo di Marti.

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Be sure to see the Castillo de la Fuerza, the oldest colonial fort on the Plaza de Armas.

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If you enjoy books, check out the second-hand book market in the Plaza de Armas on the weekend.

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Be sure to see the Catedral de San Cristobal, which was once the resting place of Christopher Columbus, until the Spanish disinterred him and took him back to Spain.

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Be sure to tour the Vieja area, which has recently been renovated thanks to UNESCO.

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Avoid staying in Playa and Mariano, to the west of Havana. It's a fairly bland area and the beaches are not that attractive.

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If you want a five-star stay while in Cuba, book a room at the Melia Cohiba.

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