Big parts of the city have a grid system street layout especially the later built districts,Vedado, Miramar, Nuevo Vedado, Santos Suarez etc. where the streets and avenues bear numbers. In Old and Central Havana the streets have names, the composition of the addresses may appear a bit strange to a foreigner:
Calle 26 e35y39 means 26th street between ( e= entre= between, y= and) 35th and 39th street.
Lots of houses in the city bear no house number so an indication is given between which side streets the location is.
Ave 1 ra e22y24, means first Avenue between 22nd and 24th street.
To make the confusion even greater several streets bear two names an old one and a newer name. Sometimes for popular city streets the old name is still used.
For example : The Paseo del Prado, was renamed in Paseo José Marti but a lot of people are still using the old name Paseo del Prado, most Habaneros speak about the "Prado".
|New name||Old name|
|Avenida Antonio Maceo||Malecon|
|Avenida de Belgica(North)||Monserate|
|Avenida de Belgica(South)||Egido|
|Avenida de Espana||Vives|
|Avenida de Italia||Galiano|
|Avenida Simon Bolivar||Reina|
|Avenida Salvador Allende||Carlos III|
|Paseo de Marti||Paseo del Prado|
Obispo street main shopping street in the Old City
The main street in the Old City is Calle Obispo (Obispo street) a narrow and busy shopping street with lots of restaurants, bars, shops, hotel Ambos Mundos, hotel Florida, a Cadeca. Obispo street begins at Plaza de Armas and ends at Avenida de Belgica near Parque Central.
Other important streets(= Calle) in the Old City:
Galiano street (new name Avenida de Italia)
Dragones street (with the Police station)
Maximo Gomez street (old name Monte street)
Padre Varela street (old name Belascoain street)
Avenida Salvador Allende (old name Carlos III street)
San Rafael street
The main street in the Vedado district is the 23th street also named La Rampa with hotels, restaurants, bars, cine Yara, Copellia.
Other important streets:
Avenida de Los Presidentes
The main street in the residential Miramar district is the Fifth Avenue, with embassies, restaurants and shopping malls.
Other important streets:
Calle Concordia Habana Centro
Havana has 15 districts: La Havana Vieja (Old Havana), Habana Centro, Guanabacoa, Plaza de la Revolución,(Vedado) La Habana del Este, Playa, San Miguel del Padrón, Diez de Octubre, Cerro, Marianao, La Lisa, Boyeros, Arroyo Naranjo, Regla, Cotorro.
The city has several important buildings and skyscrapers, among them the Bacardi Building, the Lopez Serrano Building, the Focsa Building. Read more about renovations and Buildings.
A guided tour through the important city districts.
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