Top Choice Salvadoran in San Salvador

El Sopón Típico

Simple, fresh and delicious local food is the order of the day at this famous típico restaurant on a busy corner beside Galerias Escalón. Winning dishes include marisco en crema and sopa de chorizo, but it's hard to…
Top Choice Seafood in La Libertad

Punta Roca

Overlooking the point is the pride of expatriate surfer Robert Rotherham, who has been feeding the notoriously fussy surf community for decades. The gringo frijolero (grilled fish or meat with beans, vegetables, avo…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Ana

Café Expresión Cultural

This versatile establishment is a favorite among intellectuals and artists who come for the live music and the well-stocked bookshop. Tourists and young lovers enjoy the big breakfasts, fine coffee and accessible ar…
Top Choice Salvadoran in Juayúa


R&R is still the finest restaurant in Juayúa, and possibly in the whole Ruta de las Flores. El chef, Carlos, puts a twist on steaks, salads and Mexican food. Even when Juayúa is dead, the tables at this small, b…
Top Choice Cafe in Ataco

Café Tayua

'The night' just keeps on getting better. Homemade pizza, salads and gourmet sandwiches use fresh herbs from the garden out back, while the decadent sweet pastries are perfect for dunking in coffee. Live music bobs …
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.
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.
Top Choice Seafood in San Salvador


Colonia Escalón is the place to be seen lingering over crustaceans, and Beto's has the perfect mix of lunchtime work crowd and Salvadoran elite dining on anything that moves under the sea. Service is disarmingly goo…
Top Choice Burgers in San Salvador

Rustico Bistro

Rustico rivals any burger place in the world as far as we're concerned. The bread is chunky and fresh and the meat must weigh half a cow. Try the pulled-pork sandwiches with tamarindo sauce and wash it all down with…
Top Choice International in Apaneca

El Jardin de Celeste

This heavenly garden venue is one of the culinary highlights of the region and warrants a stay or, at the very least, a coffee and cake. Located between Apaneca and Ataco, Celeste is best enjoyed with friends, laugh…