After capping off a great first night in Vedado at El Cocinero, I was well rested and ready to explore. Our group jumped in a cab and headed West on Malecón for a full day in Old Havana. The cab ride for 6 of us was no more than $15 total to get from Vedado to Old Havana and its worth noting that no ride should be more than $10-15 if you stay locally.
After being dropped off at Parque Cespedes, our group started making our way into the city. It was time for a drink and we already had a spot in mind. La Bodeguita Del Modio, which was highly recommended for the best mojito in town.
After making our way down a cobble stone road, we could see a nice-sized line outside of what looked like a bar. We had found La Bodeguita. There must’ve been 20 people crammed inside this small bar. There were no more than 10 barstools at the counter with a few scattered tables and seating. Unless if you wait for a seat, you’re likely drinking your prized mojito in the middle of the street. That ended up not being a bad thing either. We were entertained by many locals, were surrounded by beautiful street art and had the chance to scope out some of the shops and see what kind of souvenirs they had to offer. While we waited for our first round of mojitos, it was time to light up the first (of many) cigars. We purchased this one at La Bodeguita, I believe they were $2-3 a piece.
It didn’t take long for us to get our first round of mojitos, especially considering the bartender was making 10-12 at one time. He definitely had that process down to a dime. Were these mojitos the best I’ve ever had? It was too early to say but they were quite refreshing and tasty. So tasty we got another round.
After hanging out at La Bodeguita Del Medio for an hour or so, we were on our way to the place I was most excited for – Floridita. Floridita was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite place to have a daiquiri and I couldn’t wait to see what all the hype on this place was about.
Floridita originally opened in 1817 with the name La Piña de Plata. Walking up to it I could immediately feel the old-school, classy vibes the exterior of the high-class restaurant and bar were giving off. The pink paint and rustic signage outside were just the beginning. As you walk in, the first thing that catches your attention is the electric atmosphere. Live music, everyone’s mingling, it’s classy. Real classy.
Over to the left you see a life-sized statue of Ernest Hemingway at the bar that was sculpted by Cuban artist José Villa Soberón back in 2003. We finally squeezed our way through the crowds and found a table with enough chairs. We definitely got lucky, the place was packed and people flooded in non-stop the entire time we were there.
I had the chance to try the Papa Hemingway and Strawberry daiquiris. Both were delicious but the Strawberry daiquiri was by far my favorite. It was also the favorite within our group. The Papa Hemingway is your typical daiquiri with maraschino liqueur. It was definitely interesting but still tasty. Visiting Floridita was definitely my favorite part of Old Havana, by far.