Inside Cafe Havana
Cafe Havana is a hugely popular cafe and bar located next to Starbucks in the upmarket scenic Greenbelt area in the financial district of Makati City.
Café Havana has a certain notorious reputation, but if you like Latin music, Cuban food and perhaps even cigars, give this place a try anyway! The outside area is often crowded with tourists, but inside Café Havana awaits a pleasant Caribbean-style cocktail bar and great, danceable live music, every night.
During the daytime
Relax and enjoy the Greenbelt gardens
The quiet daytime activities in this place are very different from the much louder evening happenings. During the day time, Cafe Havana is a casual, easy-going cafe, offering customers the choice of either indoor air-conditioned comfort, or seating outdoors on the terrace under large parasols. Actually, there are more tables outside than inside. The outside area is beautiful and you can enjoy the views of the green tropical gardens of Greenbelt whilst you eat and drink.
During the evening
Nightly live music at Cafe Havana
However, in the evenings, Cafe Havana transforms into one of the hottest bars in Manila with a nightly list of local bands playing salsa and latino music. The dancing area is a little bit small but both inside and outside are usually overflowing with customers until the early hours of the morning. It is also a good place to people watch.
The bar at Cafe Havana specialises in Carribean-type cocktails (eg.mojitos, cuba libre, daiquiris etc) but there are many other regular drinks available. The bar also provides a full selection of premium rums and other spirits, wines, champagne and local and imported beers.
Food is available all day from the a la carte menu. The buffet offers a large selection of hot and cold dishes and desserts at reasonable prices. Most of the dishes are easy on the pocket, and the choices of drinks go well with your food and cool you down on a sunny afternoon or a balmy night. Come indulge your passion for all things Cuban (eg. salsa and rhumba, pan-fried Spanish chorizo and paella or a hand-rolled Julieta). Cafe Havana is a popular lunch choice with local office workers, shoppers and tourists.
Founder of Cafe Havana
The founder of Cafe Havana, Larry J. Cruz, wanted the place to be a celebration of the traditional Cuban lifestyle, with great food and pulsating rhythms of Latino music. This combination has hit the right notes with the customers for years now, and Cafe Havana is usually packed every night of the week.
The first branch of Cafe Havana was opened in the Malate area of Manila in 1998 and is still open today. And since opening this new branch in Makati, Cafe Havana has enjoyed a remarkable following with both local Manila residents and foreign expat visitors.
In summary, Cafe Havana is a great place to drink, listen to music, people watch and maybe if you know how to dance, do a cha-cha or salsa to the live latin music.
Café Havana, Makati
Address: Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati City, Manila
Website: Cafe Havana website