Ok, you’re in Havana and you want to buy cigars. But you don’t actually know anything about cigars. We feel you.
Step 1: Don’t buy cigars from anyone on the street, they’re jinateros (con artists) and full of shit (both the people and the cigars). Only buy from government-run shops or hotels (though the latter are more expensive).
Step 2: Go to the Casa del Habano in Miramar. It’s the nicest one in Havana and they usually have the best selection, as well as a sitting area where you can enjoy your cigar and a glass of rum. Bit of a hike, but if you want to relax after your purchase, we recommend it.
Step 3: Pick your cigar: Monte Cristo are the most popular brand in the world, and their #4 is the most popular cigar. Their #2 is supposedly better, but harder to find. These are medium to full strength cigars. Cohiba offers the most expensive cigars because they were Fidel’s favorites. They’re generally medium strength and a bit overpriced, but try their Robusto, though you can’t really go wrong with any of the Siglo series. If you really want to splurge, ask about their Behike cigars, which usually run around $50 a cigar (you won’t be able to get one).
The medium-strength Romeo y Julietas are also a good choice, especially if you’re more budget-conscious. Look for the lighter Churchill or Short Churchill–these were Churchill’s favorite cigars, as you may have guessed. But if you’re looking for a bit more kick, try the strong Partagas, which up to recently were made in a factory in Old Havana, behind the Capitolio. Specifically, give their Series D a try. The Upmann Petit Coronas and Half Coronas are supposed to be good as well, though we’ve never had them. But, honestly, if you’re consulting this blog for cigar advice, just buy something within your price range–you won’t be able to tell the difference. We don’t know anything about cigars either. But fun fact: neither do any Cubans our age.
Step 4: Once you’ve selected your box, buy an extra one for yourself, and light up in their relaxed lounge.
5th Avenue between 14th and 16th, Miramar
Open til 6pm