La Habana, Cuba
Heladeria Coppelia La Habana Reviews
Order the ensalada and pay en moneda nacional for the best experience! Jul 02, 2011
When you see the sign for Copellia there are 2 lines...a very short line for those paying in dollars, also known as dolares, or "fula" (related to when the dollar was illegal in cuba, cannot recall how they got that name)...which will charge you prices close to the United States's level...and a line for those paying in moneda nacional, or en pesos.
Walk over to the Cuban line and ask "quien es el ultimo?" (who is last in line?). After finding that person, ask "de tras de quien?" (who are you behind?). Once the next person asks, and you answer that you are the "ultimo" and whom you are behind....you are free to do whatever, wander, sit down, as long as you are back before it is your turn! The ultimo system was devised I would guess out of the patience and waiting required of living in a Communist regime. It is fantastic though, and works nearly all of the time.
Once inside, order "una ensalada" 4-5 scoops of ice cream...it is not as heavy as American ice cream...so don't be worried about it being too much. Try the fruit flavors (in Cuba papaya is a dirty word...fruita bomba is what they use) and avoid manteca, which to my best knowledge, tastes like lard.
And do not be surprised to hear "se acabo"-we ran out. It's Cuba...:)
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