In Spanish “piscolabis” means “snack.” What you’ll find once you set foot inside Piscolabis in Old Havana (Habana Vieja) is that it’s also synonymous with a one stop shop composed of a wonderful boutique bazaar and a cute coffee shop all rolled into one.
Piscolabis is bite sized shop filled with versatile pieces all created by Cuban artisans. Piscolabis is a stone’s throw away from Plaza de la Catedral, Taller Experimental de Gráfica and Galeria Victor Manuel (which has stunning artwork by Cuban artist Liudmila López Domínguez).
Piscolabis also carries fashionable hand embroidered guayaberas in a wide range of color combinations. Guayaberas are traditional Cuban shirts with rows of vertical pleats or other forms of embellishment. In many ways they’re a bit like the little black dress or the Hawaiian shirt of the Caribbean. Since Guayaberas are often made out of lightweight fabric, they can be worn casually or dressed up. In fact, Guayaberas are often referred to as “wedding shirts.”
You’ll also find throw pillows, sculptures, woven bags, jewelry, ceramics and even upcycled lamps made from clothespins at Piscolabis in Old Havana (Habana Vieja).
One of the crafty items Piscolabis carries are beautifully hand painted wooden containers that are made for tea bags. The boxes are made out of reclaimed wood and then local artists decorate them by hand.
Wandering around Piscolabis’ well curated store is enough to make you feel as though you’ve shopped and are ready to drop.
Thankfully Piscolabis offers a cozy little cafe that serves Cuban coffee as well as juices, tropical fruit smoothies and snacks.
You’ll be back in tip top shopping shape and ready to load up with even more souvenirs for folks back home after a pit stop at the Piscolabis cafe.
San Ignacio #75 (Near Callejón del Chorro and O’Relly)
Old Havana (Habana Vieja), Cuba
Hours: Open Every Day From 9:30am to 7:30pm
Phone: +53 58433219
Pricing (All in Cuban Covertible Pesos or CUC): Wooden Tealight Candle Holders 6.00, Lamps 43.00, Necklaces 50.00