A Singaporean Journey to Havana Cuba: Day 3

On Day 3 of our travels in Havana Cuba, we discovered a gem…a breakfast buffet that costs only 4.5 CUC! Thanks to recommendations by Lucia our host, we had breakfast at a beautiful cafe named 5 Esquinas Trattoria

5 Esquinas Trattoria Breakfast Buffet for 4.5 CUC
5 Esquinas Trattoria Breakfast Buffet for 4.5 CUC

Where to have Buffet Breakfast in Havana Cuba

5 Esquinas Trattoria is located on Espada and Haban Streets. The breakfast spread includes

Breakfast Buffet spread at 5 Esquinas Trattoria
Breakfast Buffet spread at 5 Esquinas Trattoria

fruits, ham, pork, freshly baked breads, eggs (boiled/omelette), cheese, quiche, juices and coffee. For the omelette and coffee, you’ll have to order separately but the service is prompt. Yup, all of the above are included in the buffet price of 4.5 CUC.

Breakfast at 5 Esquinas Trattoria Havana
Breakfast at 5 Esquinas Trattoria Havana
Omelette & Quiche
Omelette & Quiche

After the hearty breakfast, we headed over to the Museo de la Revolucion (Museum of the Revolution Havana) to learn more about what happened in Cuba during the revolution

Museo de la Revolucion Habana aka Museum of the Revolution Havana Cuba

Not an entrance. Make a right and then a left for the main entrance
Not an entrance. Make a right and then a left for the main entrance




Entrance of Museum of the Revolution Havana (Museo de la Revolucion)
Entrance of Museum of the Revolution Havana (Museo de la Revolucion)

The price of tickets to Museum of the Revolution is 8 CUC for foreigners or 8 CUP for locals. Some people have mentioned that the museum is another avenue for propaganda, to reinforce why the revolution was good in the first place. Do take some of the information with a pinch of salt. The tour starts on the 3rd level. You’ll follow the signs and finally come back to the first level. One of the first things you’ll notice as you proceed up the flight of stairs, are the bullet marks still left on the walls when the revolution took place…

Bullet Marks on Walls in Museum of the Revolution Havana
Bullet Marks on Walls in Museum of the Revolution Havana
Communication device used during the revolution
Communication device used during the revolution

There were actually many exhibits and explanations of the entire operation of the revolution. Unfortunately, 80% of the display were in Spanish. Perhaps it’s more of a propaganda tool targeted at the locals? During our visit, it was also unfortunate that the Mirror Hall was under renovation

Mirror Hall Museum of the Revolution Havana
Mirror Hall Museum of the Revolution Havana

Essentially, the revolution took place because of this chap…

Huye Batista - Flee Batista
Huye Batista – Flee Batista

Fulgencio Batista was the president during the 1950s who cared little about how the people were doing. Fidel Castro, then a lawyer, wrote a petition to overthrow Batista. However, the petition was rejected and he realized that the only way to overthrow Batista was to start an armed revolution against Batista. During the initial revolution, Castro’s men were defeated and Raul (his brother & current President of Cuba) and him were captured. During the trial was when he said the now famous “History will absolve me” speech. Though imprisoned for 15 years, both Raul and Fidel were released because Batista was under pressure to release political prisoners. Castro was later joined by the famous Che Guevara (Argentinian Revolutionary) in the revolution. The armed conflict took place from 1953 to 1959.

Castro's famous "History will absolve me" speech
Castro’s famous “History will absolve me” speech

During the tour, you’ll see the difficulties that the revolution forces overcame as well as the developments that the government has made throughout the years. After the tour within the building, the arrows will direct you to the outdoor exhibits.

Outdoor exhibits at Museum of the Revolution Havana
Outdoor exhibits at Museum of the Revolution Havana

Here, you’ll be able to have some photo opportunities with vehicles and planes. Also on the display, is the yacht that Castro arrived in from Mexico to start the revolution. You will also notice that the building that houses the yacht is probably the most modern looking building in the whole of Havana. Glass facade with sleek modern architecture.

Cuban Plane
Cuban Plane
Yacht that took Castro from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution
Yacht that took Castro from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution
Armoured Vehicle with Bullet Marks
Armoured Vehicle with Bullet Marks

At the end of the tour, there is a monument that honours those who sacrificed for the revolution

Monument to honor those who made the New Homeland possible
Monument to honor those who made the New Homeland possible

All in all, we didn’t think the museum was worth it, given that there were so many exhibits in Spanish. However, given that there aren’t many other attractions at this time, this could be a “time filler” and photo opportunity with the outdoor exhibits.

Open Top Bus Tour Havana Cuba

Open Top Bus Tour Havana Cuba
Open Top Bus Tour Havana Cuba

For those who have not visited Cuba, you’ll be surprised how much Cuba has opened up and how many tourists there are in the streets. A open-top bus tour?! Thought you’ll only get these sort of things in London, New York or Singapore

Tickets for Open Top Tour Bus Havana 10 CUC
Tickets for Open Top Tour Bus Havana 10 CUC




Bus Tour Route
Bus Tour Route

The Habana bus tour takes about 1.5 hours to complete and costs 10 CUC per person. Although we were told that you could also board at the Terminal, the best place to board would still be at Central Park (in front of Hotel Inglaterra). We took the bus twice on the same day (it was worth going a 2nd time!). However, on the second time, we decided to try the boarding area at the Terminal. We waited for more than 30 minutes and the bus eventually went round to Central Park and terminated there. Although we did not have to get off the bus, the bus tour actually does start at Central Park. To find out some of the scenes that we took on this bus tour in Havana Cuba, check out the video below…

Here are some highlights during the bus tour…

Central Park Havana on Habana Bus Tour
Central Park Havana on Habana Bus Tour
Sea Wall Malecon
Sea Wall Malecon
Hotel Riviera Havana Cuba
Hotel Riviera Havana Cuba
Church in Havana Cuba
Church in Havana Cuba
Jose Marti Memorial Havana Cuba
Jose Marti Memorial Havana Cuba
Che Guevara @ Revolution Plaza (Plaza De La Revolucion Havana)
Che Guevara @ Revolution Plaza (Plaza De La Revolucion Havana)
Havana College
Havana College
On Bus Tour back to Old Havana
On Bus Tour back to Old Havana
Sunset over Sea Wall Havana
Sunset over Sea Wall Havana
Classic American cars are everywhere in Cuba
Classic American cars are everywhere in Cuba




Sunset over Fort (La Cabana Morro)
Sunset over Fort (La Cabana Morro)

To conclude an eventful day, we had pre-dinner drinks of sangria and mojito at Hotel Inglaterra…

Sangria and Mojito @ Hotel Inglaterra Havana
Sangria and Mojito @ Hotel Inglaterra Havana

There were great views over Central Park Havana

Central Park Havana
Central Park Havana
View from Hotel Inglaterra Old Havana
View from Hotel Inglaterra Old Havana

The only thing was that there was live music at Hotel Ambos Mundos but not at Hotel Inglaterra. Nice views from both hotels and cocktails were relatively cheap at 3CUC.

For dinner, we had a simple burger for 1 CUC…

1 CUC burger in Havana
1 CUC burger in Havana

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