Top things to do

Top Choice Arts Center in La Palma

La Semilla de Dios

Local cooperative La Semilla de Dios, founded in 1977 by Fernando Llort himself, crafts quality products in workshops behind the store. If you ask permission you can wander through the workshops and watch the painte…
Top Choice Cafe in La Palma

Ola Cafe

Hipster coffee has arrived in La Palma! This small, incongruously good coffee shop on the square roasts its own beans and serves homemade cakes to tables of very relieved local folk and out-of-town connoisseurs.
Top Choice Cultural Center in Suchitoto

Centro Arte para la Paz

Opened in 2000 as a charitable initiative to support victims of domestic violence, the Centro Arte para la Paz now organizes a range of cultural activities from its premises in a beautiful, old Dominican convent. Th…
Top Choice International in Suchitoto

La Lupita del Portal

Now flanked by pop-up pupusa joints, Lupey's is still Suchi's best-value restaurant and drinking spot. Generous meal deals feature sandwiches, pizza and grills, alongside large fruit shakes. Good fun all round.
Salvadoran in Chalatenango

Comedor Carmary

This tidy cafeteria packed with bus-stop patrons serves tasty comida a la vista, which might include stewed chicken in tomatoes, plantains and the ubiquitous beans and rice, alongside tall glasses of fresh juice.
Park in Chalatenango

Turicentro Agua Fría

A 20-minute walk from the Parque Central, Turicentro Agua Fría has a lush park with picnic tables, but the main draw is the pools set with an artificial rock island topped by a waterslide. Dry season means water sho…
Bar in Suchitoto

El Necio

Straight up drinking den with a revolutionary flavor in the stiff drinks. Jerry and friends rotate the political paraphernalia with great zeal. You can learn as much about the country's history in a night as in a th…
Market in Chalatenango


The open-air market offers a visual feast of veggies, fruits and grains, as well as stock to replenish your toiletries. It’s just east of Av Fajardo. Another cacophonous market is also held on Tuesday and Sunday in …
Salvadoran in La Palma

Restaurante del Pueblo

Behind the town's wildest mural lies chunky beef sandwiches outdone only by a sausage- and steak-laden plato típico (grilled meat, bananas, beans, cheese and cream).
Cafe in Chalatenango

Cafe Colombia

Big ham, cheese or chicken sandwiches are served at this makeshift cafe which serves strong local coffee to student-types. Seating is on large hessian coffee sacks.