Top things to do

Top Choice International in Santa Ana

Inna Jammin

The Rasta vibe flows over two levels in this happening new restaurant with a broad international menu. The pizzas rate highly, but the Salvadoran grills are exceptional and the cocktails are generously poured. The a…
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…
Cathedral in Santa Ana

Catedral de Santa Ana

The most notable sight in Santa Ana is its large neo-Gothic cathedral, which was completed in 1913. Exquisite ornate moldings cover the church's front, while interior pillars and high archways are painted in slate a…
Theater in Santa Ana

Teatro de Santa Ana

The Teatro de Santa Ana is an opulent renaissance-style building constructed using funds from an export tax on coffee beans. The epitome of wealth, excess and culture, it features stained-glass windows, marble stair…
Ice Cream in Santa Ana

El Sin Rival

This outfit has been making ice cream and sorbet (and amazing fruit cones) for decades. Try the tart arrayán (a bittersweet local fruit) or mora (blackberry).
Salvadoran in Santa Ana

El Rincon Tipico de El Sopón

This is a terrific place to try hearty Salvadoran stews, barbecued meats and fresh salads. The homemade soft drinks are a hit. There is often live music on weekends.
Bar in Santa Ana

Simmer Down

Overlooking the cathedral, this busy bar serves ice-cold beer and creates a festive atmosphere week-round. The natural wooden furniture belies the urban setting.
Bakery in Santa Ana

Pastelería Ban Ban

Ban Ban is all over the country, but it started in Santa Ana and the locals like to celebrate their hometown each mid-afternoon over sublime cakes and pastries.
Steak in Santa Ana

Lover’s Steak House

Lover's serves a heavy meal in a dimly lit setting popular with wealthy locals. Steak is the obvious star attraction, but seafood and Mexican make cameo appearances. The lunch specials (US$8 including a drink) are t…
Church in Santa Ana

Iglesia El Calvario

El Calvario has undergone numerous hardships and catastrophes since its initial construction in the early 19th century. Today, it's a pensive place that serves the community. Visitors are welcome.