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Top Choice Church in San Salvador

Iglesia El Rosario

Designed by sculptor Ruben Martinez and completed in 1971, Iglesia El Rosario is radically beautiful. Arguably the finest church in Central America, its nondescript concrete exterior conceals an arched roof and a ra…
Top Choice Cathedral in San Salvador

Catedral Metropolitana

Facing Plaza Barrios, the most significant landmark in the city is the resting place of Archbishop Oscar A Romero. During the height of the civil war, Archbishop Romero criticized the government from the pulpit unti…
Top Choice Bar in La Costa del Bálsamo

Monkey Lala

Everyone's new favorite Tunco sunset spot, this gorgeous cocktail bar is to the left of the main beach. Crisp electronic beats are the default sound, as well-heeled locals and savvy travelers mingle above the sand. …
Top Choice Bar in Juayúa

El Cadejo

Cadejo Brewery continues to grow its profile in El Salvador, and this hip cafe-bar does the reputation no harm whatsoever. All the Cadejo staples are matched by a creative food and cocktail menu. The real highlight …
Top Choice Tex-Mex in La Costa del Bálsamo


So this ex-pilot turns up in Playa El Sunzal, and decides to open a small cafe because he is always so wiped out from surfing (and he needs something to do when the surf is flat). Just the basics, nothing special. S…
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…
Top Choice Club in Santa Ana

Trenchtown Rock

This thumping outdoor club on the outskirts of Santa Ana is spontaneous and friendly and can bob up as a highlight of a trip to the whole country for those who like to dance to reggae and ska. There's a shop selling…
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 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 Live Music in San Salvador

Café La ‘T’

The country's finest musicians appear intermittently at this down-tempo cafe set aside from the hullabaloo. Ska, jazz, blues: just turn up and try your luck. There’s light food, booze and particularly good coffee.