You’re going to Montevideo? Lucky you! You’ll find yourself captivated by Uruguay’s capital city- the people are friendly, the food is insanely good and the European architecture will see you wandering for hours on end to take it all in. It might not be the first place you consider adding to your South American itinerary but it is most definitely worth a visit. Here are our top things to do in Montevideo, Uruguay…
1. Take in Montevideo’s historical landmarks with Free Walking Tour Montevideo
Join this free walking tour which leaves Plaza Independencia at 11:00am on weekdays and 2:00pm on Saturdays. For over two hours your guide will entertain you with stories about Uruguayan history, culture and people whilst showing you all of the main sights in the old town including the Solis Theatre and the English temple. Tours are conducted in English, Spanish and Portuguese and are a great way to familiarise yourself with the city before you start your own exploring http://www.freewalkingtour.com.uy/english/
2. Live local
One of the best ways to get local knowledge about where to eat and things to do is to live with a local. We often choose to stay with like-minded people via Airbnb. In Montevideo we stayed with a fantastic couple who had a cute apartment in Pocitos close to public transport, who spoke good English and were unfailing kind and welcoming https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/15512652
3. Eat traditional Uruguayan asado
We were lucky enough to cook and eat Uruguayan asado whilst we were in Montevideo but if you don’t get a chance to do it yourself there are numerous places which serve traditional Uruguayan BBQ. Meat lovers will rejoice at the range of cuts on offer, everything from ribs, intestines, morcilla (blood sausage), chorizo and classic steak which are all cooked over hot coals. The Puerto Mercado has a range of restaurants that do BBQ although it’s where the tourists congregate and so can be a bit pricey.
4. Take in the sunset along the Promenade/La Rambla
The Promenade or La Rambla stretches across a number of Montevideo’s suburbs and is the perfect spot to take in the setting sun. You might find yourself posing by the ‘Montevideo’ sign, watching the locals splash in the water if it’s a hot day or simply taking a stroll by the sea It’s also a popular spot for locals to hang out for BBQ and beers after work or on weekends.
5. Sample Montevideo’s best helado (ice cream)
Heladeria Garcia is without a doubt serving the best helado in Montevideo. They’ve been making their all natural helado since 1942 so have got the recipes down pat! This place is a MUST EAT, the chocolate almendra (chocolate almond) is especially spectacular!!!
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