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Business hours

Most shops open weekdays and Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm or 1pm, then close until mid-afternoon and reopen until 7pm or 8pm. Food shops are also open Sunday mornings.

From mid-November to mid-March, government offices are open weekdays from 7:30am to 1:30pm; the rest of the year, they are open noon to 7pm. Banks are open weekday afternoons in Montevideo; elsewhere, mornings are the rule.

If restaurants are open for breakfast, they tend to open around 8am. Lunch goes anywhere between noon and 3pm and dinner is generally not eaten until after 9pm. It’s not unusual (particularly in urban areas) for people to start eating at midnight.

Bars are open from 9pm, but remain empty until at least 1am, when everybody finally gets around to going out.

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