Santiago and Cuba in general have allowed the best artists in the world from surrealist oil paintings to wood carvings.

The city’s painters are particularly gifted
Important:

If you buy a work of art, don’t forget to buy an 8 Cuc export permit from the artist.

Art Galleries

Arte Universal. Exhibitions and works of art are for sale at Arte Universal.
Tel: 22 65 73 99

  • Adress : Calle 1, between Calle M y Calle Terraza, Reparto Vista Alegre
  • Hours: 9am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, 9am – 5pm Sunday
  • Entrance: 1 Cuc.

Galería de Arte de Oriente

Probably the best gallery in Santiago de Cuba, the art is of high quality.

  • Tel: 22 65 38 57
  • Address: Général Lacret n° 656
  • Opening hours: 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 12pm Saturday, 10am – 10pm Sunday
    Books

Casa del Caribe

This bookstore offers a good selection of books in Spanish with Cuban themes.

  • Address: Calle 13, No. 154, esq. de Calle 5, Reparto Vista Alegre
  • Tel: 22 64 22 85

Crafts

Cubartesania

Close to Parc Céspedes, this state-owned shop sells high quality paintings and a wide range of crafts.

  • Address: Calle Bartolomé Masó y Calle Félix Peña

Tobacco

Fábrica de Tabacos César Escalante.

If cigars are your passion, this small factory uses the traditional method to roll some of the best in the region.

  • Address: Av. Jesús Menéndez 703, esq. de Calle Bartolomé Masó (San Basilio)
  • Tel : 22 62 23 66
  • Opening hours: closed on Sundays.

La Escalera de Edy bookshop

A veritable museum of old and rare books stacked on the ceiling, plus vinyl records.

Trovadores dressed in sombreros often sit on the stairs and play music.

  • Address: Heredia No. 265
  • Hours: 10am – 10pm

ARTex

Focuses on musical memories, with a respectable selection of CDs and cassettes.

  • Tel: 22 65 48 14
  • Address: Patio ARTex Heredia No 208
  • Opening hours: 11am-7pm Tuesday to Sunday

Librería Internacional

On the south side of Parc Céspedes.
Decent selection of political titles in English; sells postcards and stamps.

  • Tel: 22 68 71 47
  • Address: Heredia, between General Lacret and de Félix Peña

Centro de Negocios Alameda

The latest project for the regeneration of the port consists in opening this

shopping centre in a colonial building : internet, a pharmacy, the immigration office and a Cuban office, plus shops.

  • Address: Av Jesus Menéndez esquina José A Saco
  • Hours: 08:30 – 16:30

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