Trapped under tropical socialism, Havana is a city of numerous contradictions and paradoxes. Havana juxtaposes cultural richness and necessity, colonial splendor and dilapidated beauty. It’s a vibrant place where joie de vivre collides with hopelessness, where resourcefulness hide out the flagrant lack of infrastructures.

From the sweatshops to the decaying streets, from the barbershops and the offices to the backseats — see the photos of the people you meet on your way though Havana, in the gallery above. (Photos: Stéphane Missier/ANIMALNewYork)