Nine out of ten people might tell you that Cuba is about the land of cigars and communism. Tread a little further and ten in ten people would quite sufficiently agree that Cuba is about one of the most famous surnames ever: Castro.

Isn’t it?

The math, therefore, is relatively simple. Cuba is tantamount to cigars and Castro. But guess what, the equation seems to be changing a bit.

There’s something else also that you may not Cuba as such for. And that’s ice-cream, inarguably, the world’s most favourite dessert.

Wehn you hear the term cathedral, you get to know about religion and you are met with a spiritual inquisition. Aren’t you?

But now, Cuba is said to be the den of the world’s largest ice-cream cathedral. A fascinating spot for both artists and travellers, historians and musicians, writers and bloggers- there’s always this extra something about Cuba that fails to meet the eye.

Probably, the changing vagaries of time, ever a constant in our lives have it that Cuba shall long be hailed for housing an extravagant ebb of world’s favourite compulsive habit.

You can even call it the ice-cream museum or a foodie relic of sorts. And that’s not all, rather it’s just the beginning. Who knew before that Cuba would be a telling destination when it came to an ice-cream?

Hasn’t the world always marvelled at the country for being an out and out touristy spot and for its magnificent strand of history coupled with a vibrant music scene? That told, in Cuba’s one of a kind amusement park, dedicated utterly to ice-cream, as many as 30,000 visitors are treated every day on an average and conservative number.

And if you break down the number further you understand that on an average 600 people are attended to at this ice-cream recreation park in Cuba. That’s a hefty figure, isn’t it?


Why on earth won’t you wish to spend some quality time at a destination that serves myriad flavours of ice-creams and that too at penny’s cost? That is the USP of Cuba’s ice-cream people’s park, truth be told.

Some people on a good appetite day and it can be said, it’s never a lame outing when it comes to the choicest dessert, eat up to 13 scoops of ice-cream a day. You read that right, sans any misassumption or error. This exquisite ice-cream parlour, clearly the world’s largest does have an intriguing name, above any other thing.

It’s called Parque Coppelia. Over the last few years or so, it’s risen as a cultural extravaganza of sorts for people who visit the Fidel Castro-land from around the world. But when it comes to the ice-cream lovers, then the famous Parque Coppelia is quite simply- an unavoidable bonanza of sorts.

Recently, a writer publishing an interesting travelogue on the refreshing and revered BBC shared the following on Cuba’s landmark attraction:

I feel abstemious in comparison with my single ensalada mixta of five flavours, topped with caramel sauce and crushed cookies. When Havana sizzles, the entire city seems to descend seeking relief. The helado – served with taciturn efficiency by waitresses in 1950s plaid miniskirts – wins no awards. But no other experience speaks so sweetly to Cuba’s revolutionary idealism.

When it comes to food, ever a glowing item of export for many a country in the world, there’s a constant spurt of growth in trade. It’s a harbinger of good things, a special item of sorts. And one doesn’t quite know if Cuba has had a tremendous history with the ice-cream dessert. But what can be said with great certainty is that this is a destination that is here to stay.

And it may only grow manifold in tourist size in the coming years given how quickly it’s catapulted to the attention of a travel-hungry world. Hats off to you Cuba, you’ve really turned the tide of things in a very ‘sweet’ way.

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