Montevideo Travel Guide
Mercado del Puerto - Translated as the Port Market and that is where it's held at Piedras and Yacare. This is the place to visit for local produce and food in general. You are encouraged to sample the delicacies and to sit down for huge barbeques. Open in the aftrenoons and weekends.
Villa Biarritz Fair - Parque Zorilla de San Martín-Ellauri. Great atmosphere at this Saturday market in the park. They not only bring their local produce, but handcrafts, books, antiques and fresh flowers. Good place to find that elusive gift.
Montevideo Shopping Centre - Av. Luis Alberto de Herrera 1290. The first mall in the city and the 180 shops consists of a mixture of line stores and smaller family run boutiques, cafes, etc. A 10 screen complex is also housed here.
Punta Carretas Shopping Centre - Calle Ellauri and Solano. This is where the well to do fashionable city types shop. Big on leather goods, locally made colourful poncho's and Uruguayan sweaters. Not the place for bargains, but if you want some original designs, then head for this mall.
Montevideo Restaurants and Bars
Rio Alegre - Calle Perez Castellano, This is a place for the real man as they serve man sized portions of mainly meat in the form of, Ribs, Steaks and Sausages. Always a favourite with locals and the quality and prices are amazing. Women are very welcome by the way.
Las Brasas - San Jose 909, Well located in the centre of town. This is a laid back diner. As you would expect in this city, the cuts of meat are delicious. They also serve fresh sea food. Very busy at lunchtime for the reliability of the food, service and value. The menu is filled with South American favourites.
Arcadia - Plaza Independencia 759. Located on Independance Square, This consistant restaurant is one of the city's sophisticated highlights. Decor is classic Italian and big windows let in plenty of light. The chef has been couragious in his choice of dishes and it has paid off in a big way. First class service and reasonable prices top off a memorable experience.
El Fogon - Centrally situated at San Jose 1080 and offering a popular menu consisting of well known local dishes. Specialising in fresh fish, but more than satisfying meat eaters. Gets fairly busy at night, but they serve a good, cheap and fast lunch mostly to local workers.
Montevideo Bars & Clubs
Plaza Victoria Casino - Plaza Independencia. You will meet the local wheelers and dealers at this the city's Casino in the central square. All the tables are populated here, as are the slots, and bingo is popular as well. Open from early afternoon till the wee hours. A good bar to celebrate or drown your sorrows and restaurant.
Mariachi - Gabriel Pereira 2964, Open from Wednesday to Sunday for the top DJs spinning the discs. The rest of the week often has a live band playing dance music. Always buzzing with Montevideos yuppies/beautiful people.
Cuareim - Zelmar Michelini 1079. Just finished a course at Arthur Murrey? This Tango club is where to head to then. Lively is the name of the game, and the local dance of candombe is practiced here, it's one to teach your tutor when you get home.
New York - Calle Mar Artico 1227. A fine place to spend the evening, as it combines a restaurant, bar and disco. The more mature city crowd enjoy a night here and visitors and locals freely mix in a charming atmosphere. Dancing is a mix and something for everyone is played.
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