For those regular Havana visitors, or for those looking to visit for the first time, the old Craft and Souvenir Market has closed and a new location has opened as of November 3/09.
Formerly in Parque Cespedes alongside Tacon and only 100 meters from Plaza de la Cathedral, in a warehouse type structure alongside the inner harbour on Desampardos.
The biggest market in Havana is open daily on Calle Tacón in La Habana Vieja, with local arts and crafts, t-shirts, and other popular souvenirs. Or you can head to the ultra-modern Tiendas Carlos Tercero on the Avenida Salvador Allende, where everything from clothes and shoes to electrical and sporting goods can be found. For local fashion and designer goods, La Maison in Miramar is the place to go.
Old Havana is a great place to browse too as the area is becoming increasingly popular with small boutiques and specialist shops. While you’re there, head to the local craft market behind the Plaza de la Catedral, where stalls selling Cuban paintings, sculptures, wooden statues and embroidery abound and haggling is welcome.