Havana’s Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Opens a ‘Line for Failures’

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 3 October 2021 — A week ago the Coppelia ice cream parlor in Havana resumed table service but only for customers with a telephone reservation. The new access mechanism to the ’Cathedral of Ice Cream’ has not prevented the long lines or frustrating waits that have been an inseparable part of the … Continue reading “Havana’s Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Opens a ‘Line for Failures’”

Cuban Authorities Backtrack on Price Increases for Coppelia Ice Cream

14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2020 — After hundreds of criticisms in Cuba’s streets and on social networks about the high prices in the popular Coppelia ice cream parlor, which were raised at the beginning of the year, the Government of Havana announced on Monday that the new prices would be lowered, without specifying the details … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Backtrack on Price Increases for Coppelia Ice Cream”

Ice Cream Flavors are Convoyed* in a ‘Militarized’ Coppelia

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 11 August 2020 — Although Havana has just resumed the most drastic measures to stop the pandemic after the increase in cases of Covid-19 on the island, the Coppelia ice cream parlor has not completely closed its doors. In the middle of August, one of the hottest months of the year, … Continue reading “Ice Cream Flavors are Convoyed* in a ‘Militarized’ Coppelia”

Empty Buses, No Customers for Coppelia, This is How Phase 1 Post-Covid Begins in Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar / Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 4 July 2020 — “It seems like a lie to me, I hadn’t waited even five minutes at the bus stop and the bus arrived and best of all, it was practically empty.” In front of the Bus Terminal, Rocío shared her joy when she boarded the P12 … Continue reading “Empty Buses, No Customers for Coppelia, This is How Phase 1 Post-Covid Begins in Havana”

Multitudes and Frustrations at the New Coppelia

14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Yoani Sanchez, Havana, June 26, 2019 — At what has been called the Cathedral of Ice Cream, the faithful wait outside for hours on the day that the Coppelia ice creamery is scheduled to reopen after a weeks-long remodeling. The first day of operation is marked by scenes of people shoving … Continue reading “Multitudes and Frustrations at the New Coppelia”

Coppelia is Ready to Open, All That’s Missing is the Ice Cream

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 24 June 2019 — Many Havanans had planned to get some relief from the intense heat of this first weekend of summer by buying a tasty ice cream in the renovated Coppelia ice cream parlor, whose public reopening was scheduled for Sunday after an official opening the evening before, but it never … Continue reading “Coppelia is Ready to Open, All That’s Missing is the Ice Cream”

Cuba’s Iconic Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Loses Flavor

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, May 28, 2019 — Hugo is nine years old and has never seen a pistachio. But the word sounds so funny that he asks for an ice cream with that flavor in a privately owned spot on the corner of Línea and L streets in Havana. The menu at this small … Continue reading “Cuba’s Iconic Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Loses Flavor”

Two Months Without Coppelia Ice Cream in Camaguey

Ricardo Fernández, Camagüey, 29 January 2018 — The ice cream parlor Copellia in the city of  Camagüey has become an empty passageway between two main streets. Only the occasional passerby wanders into the empty building to access the Italian restaurant and three small shops on the floors above. At midday the employees take advantage of the calm hour … Continue reading “Two Months Without Coppelia Ice Cream in Camaguey”

In Camaguey Coppelia’s Neighbors Live with Ammonia Leaks

14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, 4 December 2017 — Five days after an ammonia leak that kept some people in the city of Camagüey in suspense, the neighbors of the Coppelia ice cream factory fear that the consequences of the spill will be more serious than what has been announced, and they are reproaching the authorities for not … Continue reading “In Camaguey Coppelia’s Neighbors Live with Ammonia Leaks”

Coppelia Ice Cream Celebrates Half a Century / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 10 November 2016 – The Havana corner of 23rd and L in Vedado displayed an unusual panorama on Thursday. Along with the passersby were mixed characters dressed in period clothing with a patina of mud. The street art group D’ Morón Teatro came from Ciego de Avila to celebrate five decades of the ice cream … Continue reading “Coppelia Ice Cream Celebrates Half a Century / 14ymedio”

Ice Cream Parlors in Cuba or How Gelato Killed Coppelia / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 7 July 2016 — Yanetsi Azhares is a young Cuban woman who leaves nothing to chance. Only twenty-eight-years old, she knows what she wants. Her mother was a pastry chef who lived close to the Alondra ice cream parlor and whole life was spent saving up enough money to buy a little sweets shop. … Continue reading “Ice Cream Parlors in Cuba or How Gelato Killed Coppelia / Juan Juan Almeida”

Coppelia Puts Makeup on the Shortages / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 12 May 2016 – Havanans enjoyed a certain freshness twice this weekend. Not only did the thermometers drop a few degrees, but the emblematic Coppelia ice cream parlor, located in the heart of the capital, reopened its doors after being closed for repairs for several weeks. The work is part of … Continue reading “Coppelia Puts Makeup on the Shortages / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Coppelia, the Cathedral of Ice Cream, Is Melting / Somos+, Manuel Diaz Mons

When it first opened, it offered twenty-six flavors. Now Cuba’s most famous ice cream parlor leaves only a bad taste in customers’ mouths. Cubanet, Manuel Diaz Mons, Havana, 17 December 2015 — Nestled into the corner of 23rd and L streets — the busiest corner in Cuba — and known to many Cubans for its reasonable … Continue reading “Coppelia, the Cathedral of Ice Cream, Is Melting / Somos+, Manuel Diaz Mons”

Coppelia Missing Its Steps / Dora Leonor Mesa

Coppelia is the biggest ice cream place in Havana. The usual clients of the emblematic center — many are kids — believe that the bad service, the limited variety and the quality of the ice cream are the evils that afflict the so-called Cathedral of Ice Cream. However, a more inquisitive look reveals other threats. … Continue reading “Coppelia Missing Its Steps / Dora Leonor Mesa”

Coppelia Ice Cream Turns 45… Without Strawberry or Chocolate / Iván García

Coppelia, the most famous ice-cream parlor in Havana and in Cuba, turned 45 on June 4. Located on the corner of Calle 23 at L on the central avenue La Rampa, its architecture is one of the most beautiful and best-designed since the olive-green revolution led by Fidel Castro. The design, by Mario Girona (1924-2008), … Continue reading “Coppelia Ice Cream Turns 45… Without Strawberry or Chocolate / Iván García”