A rarity in Cuba, you'll find a full collection of English-language books at Cuba Libro. While perusing the stacks, sip on a tea or coffee from the cafe. Established by a New Yorker who fell in love with the local area, the hip bookstore and cafe provides a place for meeting locals and exchanging stories. If you prefer your own peace and quiet, borrow or buy a book and recline in the cafe's garden hammock. Use our Havana trip planner to arrange your visit to Cuba Libro and other attractions in Havana.
Cuba Libro Reviews
Cuba Libro is a cute and comfortable bookstore/coffee shop in old Havana. It's surrounded by greenery, making it feel secluded. Lots of fun art on the walls and fun books throughout the place, not to.... more »
The owner, Conner Gory, writer of travel books and American journalist, has opened this English language bookstore to help Cubans have access to books in English. They are mostly used books and are..... more »
Kind of a kick that google maps is asking for a review of places in Havana, Cuba. Or scary? Anyway what a great English bookstore that is so, so much more. Run by a USA ex-pat the store's shelves are mostly stocked by people who communicate via Facebook or other media avenue about sought after titles requested for donation. The store has a cafe for drinks (coffee, cold drinks). The place is also a gathering site which connects Cuban students, visitors from the world over, Cuban residents. Vitally critical to mention here: they also have ongoing outreach to a women's prison, a clinic, and many other community organizing efforts. They pay staff a living wage. They need and welcome a wide variety of over the counter medications such as Tylenol, hygiene products, bicycle parts: ask for a list before you go, take your donations in bags you can also leave. The store is located a significant distance away from the old town geared for tourists in the harbor, but rather in a mixed use housing and restaurant/store front neighborhood. Please note that I as a male 60 years old and university students...women..felt safe walking and taking cabs day and night. I was advised that property unattended might disappear, but it seemed to me no more so than traveling where else in the US or Latin America, or Europe.
What a nice place with a good vibe! You have to meet Conner and her nice cuban staff. Go drink a Frappucino in this beautiful little paradise while you're in La Havana.
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