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Top Choice Cafe in San Miguel

Comedor Chilita

This buzzing cafeteria spoons up a happy, huge variety that includes steamed veggies, spaghetti and roasted pepper chicken. After 4pm, it’s all pupusas – use the side entrance on 8a Calle Oriente.
Salvadoran in San Miguel

La Pema

This churchlike structure is home to one of the country's most enjoyable gastronomic experiences. Located 5km out of town on the road to Playa El Cuco, La Pema is famous for its creamy soups and long lunches. Don't …
Theater in San Miguel

Antiguo Teatro Nacional

A neoclassical gem which functioned as a cinema during the silent-film era and later as the Telecom headquarters and a public hospital.
Museum in San Miguel

Museo Regional del Oriente

Opened in 2007, the Museo Regional del Oriente is in the same building as the Antiguo Teatro Nacional, on the 2nd floor. The collection of pottery and photos is meager but well thought out, and probably the best att…
Salvadoran in Perquín

La Cocina de Ma'Anita

Mostly organic, always tasty, Anita's kitchen is an all-day affair which, aside from the usual breakfast and lunch spread, serves heartier meals such as the Perkin parillada (BBQ, US$8.50), which could feed a mounta…
Museum in Perquín

Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña

A few blocks north of the park, this museum charts the causes and progress of the armed struggle. Highlights include the collection of antiwar posters from throughout the world, the stark color photos of life inside…
Salvadoran in San Vicente

Comedor Rivolí

We ate ourselves silly at the Rivolí and laughed with hedonistic delight at the taste and value of the comida a la vista, while seated beside rose gardens. How many licuados is too many licuados? Four.
Salvadoran in Alegría

Merendero Mi Pueblito

Huge plates of chicken, rice, beans and salad are served at this old staple run by an industrious family. It’s south of the park and there are stirring views to the border.
Cafe in Alegría

El Portal

The pick of the park cafes for an evening beer (US$1) and a slice of game meat.
Bakery in Usulután

Pastelería Trigo Puro

Fat cinnamon rolls, doughnuts and coconut cookies beckon from the glass case of this popular bakery, which also serves cafeteria-style típico. It’s one block west of the park.