By Mitchell Owens for Architectural Digest.
As travel restrictions lift and embargoes soften, AD's Mitchell Owens heads to Havana, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and society is embracing a new era. Take a look at the city's unchanged architecture, like Havana's domed capitol (above), which dominates the historic heart of the city.
Standards of the Havana streetscape--arcaded pastel buildings and brightly colored pre-1960 American automobiles.
At the grand entrance to La Guarida restaurant in Old Havana, a hand-painted revolutionary speech joins a headless statue. See laguardia.com.
Cristóbal Colón Cemetery. Calle Zapata and Calle 12; +53-7-832-1050.
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The Hemingway Museum at Finca Vigía, the Havana-area farm where the novelist lived from 1939 to 1960. Finca Vigía, San Francisco de Paula; +53-7-891-0809.
African villages inspired one section of the National Art Schools (now the University of Arts of Cuba), a 1960s masterpiece by architects Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi, and Vittorio Garatti. See isa.cult.cu.
Hotel Saratoga's Bar Mezzanine. From $246/night; see hotel-saratoga.com.
Enrique Ávila Gonzales's sculpture of Socialist hero Camilo Cienfuegos dominates a building on Revolution Plaza; it bears the famous Cienfuegos comment YOU'RE DOING FINE, FIDEL.
A dancer at Tropicana, an out-door cabaret that has been in business since 1939. See cabaret-tropicana.com.
The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, completed in 1930, is a work by the American architecture firm McKim, Mead & White. From $175/night; see hotelnacionaldecuba.com.
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