How Cubans get their food
Having reported my difficulty in finding really good food every day it might be fair enough to show how Cubans obtain food. This is a selection of photos I took showing various places food can be obtained in local currency (CUP).
The first is a panaderia (bread shop) somewhere in Vedado. The prices are cheap.
Next up are 4 photos of a butchers stall in Centro Habana. The black things on the roll of luncheon meat are flies.
The next 5 photos are fruit and vege markets or stalls around la Habana. The cost of a banana (for me) ranged between 1 cup (4 cents cuc) and 3 cup (12 cents cuc).
Next up are 2 photos of a typical sandwich and pizza joint next to a market. The ham sandwiches in the cabinet cost 5 cup (20 cents cuc).
Next 2 photos are of the famous Coppelia in Vedado, the place where everyone gets an ice cream. A ‘tres gracias’ – 3 scoop sundae – cost me 3 cup (12 cents cuc). A ‘super twins’ – 4 scoop sundae – cost me 4 cup (16 cents cuc). I easily made my way through 7 scoops (2 sundaes) of ice cream in one sitting. People at tables round me were putting away 3 or 4 sundaes with no qualms. A note about the Coppelia. You may be asked to go to the CUC paying entrance. I just told the guard I was paying in CUP (fraction of the price) and went in with everyone else. I doubt the CUC ice cream tasted sufficiently different.
The last 4 photos are of prices for things in a CUC store. A can of Fanta was 1 cuc, large bottle of Havana Club 3 years old rum $5.55 cuc, large bottle of (very nice rum) Havana Club 7 years $11.90. That bottle is what some people get paid (albeit inadequate wages) for 1 months work.