What kind of shopping is there in Cuba?

Cuba is not generally considered a shopping destination. Mostly, you’ll encounter state-run shops or hotel shops, where prices are fixed. Such locations sell very basic necessities, along with items like beer, coffee, or rum. On occasion, you will find open-air or craft markets in Cuba. To find out the schedule and location of the markets, ask your Cuban guide or hotel concierge. 

Opinions vary on whether negotiating prices for artwork is acceptable, but keep in mind that Cubans earn a fraction of what most travelers to their country do.

Due to the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba, there are very specific guidelines as to what can and cannot be brought into the U.S. With President Obama's December 17, 2014 announcement to normalize relations with Cuba, Americans are now allowed to bring back up to $400 worth of Cuban goods of any kind, with a maximum of $100 worth of cigar or alcohol purchases. The $400 limitation does not include artwork, music, or informational materials, which are allowed in unlimited quantities..