Located in Havana’s residential neighborhood of Miramar Playa, Cafe Fortuna Joe is full the day through. This unusual State establishment offers assorted coffee recipes and tapa-like snacks.
You enter to Cafe Fortuna Joe – nestled beyond a steep set of steps – to the chimes of little bronze bells shaped like pagodas. If it weren’t for the staff, you’d think you had mistakenly stumbled into the house of some quirky collector.
A thin layer of dust covers the shelves with vintage Zenit cameras, Selena transistor radios, archaic typewriters, Russian nesting dolls and old reel-to-reel recorders. Also, the walls are covered by wallpaper out of cutouts from Cuba’s Granma, photos of revolution heroes and Charles Chaplin prints.
The cafe is an old house with two tiny rooms and coloured walls. The background music (Buena Fé, Diego el Cigala, Joaquín Sabina…) is suitable and doesn’t force customers to shout whilst conversing.
You can sit inside a bathtub at a sewing table or on the landing of an old, wooden staircase that leads nowhere (or, perhaps, the attic where the extravagant collector lives).
Not too many people know Café Fortuna Joe but those who have been here have experimented the remarkable emotion of entering into a magic world of bliss.
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