El Floridita, Havana

El Floridita, Havana

This historic cocktail bar and restaurant opened in 1817. Originally called La Piña de Plata (The Silver Pineapple), the name was changed in the early 20th century to honor the increasing number of Floridians patronizing the establishment.

Constante, a bartender who became the owner of El Floridita, invented the frozen daiquiri. This classic cocktail propelled El Floridita to fame, and the cocktail bar became a gathering place for bartenders looking to perfect the delicious drink. Unlike the sugary concoction found on cruises and in beach bars, the original daiquiri features simple ingredients that are shaken, but not blended. The bar's motto is now "la cuna del daiquiri" (the cradle of the daiquiri).

The daiquiri also attracted famous author Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway would walk from Hotel Ambros Mundos and enjoy lively evenings at the bar. After moving out of the hotel and outside of the city, he drove into town and visited El Floridita.

Other famous visitors include Graham Green, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Today, visitors will find photos of famous guests, a bust of Hemingway, and a life-size bronze statue of Hemingway seated at the bar. Come here to enjoy live music, exquisite seafood, and of course, an authentic Cuban daiquiri.

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Sight Name: El Floridita
Sight Location: Havana, Cuba (See walking tours in Havana)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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Walking Tours in Havana, Cuba

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Create Your Own Walk in Havana

Creating your own self-guided walk in Havana is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Palaces Walking Tour

Old Palaces Walking Tour

Havana has been the seat of Cuba’s ruling gentry for centuries. Today, you can walk the streets of Old Havana and explore its palaces to get a glimpse into the city’s royal past. Although these structures now serve Havana’s citizens and visitors, they still catch your eye (and your camera lens!) with their architecture and history.

Start your trip with the ornate Presidential Palace,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Historical Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Historical Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

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The old Havana Cathedral, located in a...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

The Spanish founded Havana in 1519. After French pirate Jacques de Sores ransacked the city in 1555, the Castle of the Royal Force was built to protect the city.

Havana became a major stopping point between the newly discovered Americas and ancient Europe. In the 1600s, Havana was a major shipbuilding port.

Old Havana is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic city has five...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Hemingway's Havana Walking Tour

Hemingway's Havana Walking Tour

Ever since Hemingway first visited Cuba in 1928 until his death in 1961, he felt an intense connection with the people and culture of Cuba. Hemingway lived at Hotel Ambos Mundos during the 1930s, and began, wrote, and finished several novels there. Today, you can see some of Hemingway's belongings in Room 511.

Hemingway was a frequent patron at El Floridita, famous for its daiquiris....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles

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