Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Estelí

Galería de Héroes y Mártires

Be sure to stop by this moving gallery devoted to fallen revolutionaries, with displays of faded photos, clothes and weaponry. Check out the exhibit (with English signage) on Leonel Rugama, the warrior-poet whose la…
Top Choice Bar in Estelí

Semaforo’s Ranchon Bar

Get down with the good working people of Estelí, Tisey and Miraflor at a proper ranchero bar. This indoor/outdoor club with the palapa (thatched) roof and bandstand brings terrific live music to a crowd that's here …
Nicaraguan in Estelí

Restaurante Tipiscayán

The family of San Juan de Limay soapstone sculptor Freddy Moreno serves good-quality traditional fare, including great quesadillas and Nica-style tacos in an elegant space full of art. Also serves good coffee and tr…
Cuban in Estelí

Rincón Pinareño

A tasty Cuban diner with a lovely 2nd-floor veranda serving deliciously messy pressed sandwiches, tasty smoked chicken, pork chops and ribs. Also a popular spot for dessert.
Museum in Estelí

Museo de Historia y Arqueología

In a large, concrete, faux-indigenous pyramid on the north side of town, Estelí's museum has a small but interesting collection of pottery and petroglyphs from local pre-Hispanic cultures, as well as fossils of exti…
Notable Building in Estelí

Casa de Cultura Leonel Rugama

In the bullet-hole-marked former home of a high-ranking Somoza official, the Casa de Cultura offers a range of art, dance and music classes to locals (even as the building seemingly falls apart around them).
International in Estelí

Café Luz

Bored of Nica grub? Pop into this hip coffee house where the burritos and fajitas have some kick and the organic salads arrive on your table direct from the growers in Miraflor. The diverse menu includes many vegeta…
Steak in Estelí

Pullaso’s Ole

Named for an Argentine cut of beef (the pullaso), this sweet, family-owned grill serves beef, pork, chicken and chorizo on its front porch and in a quaint dining room crowded with racks of South American red.
Bakery in Estelí

Repostería Gutiérrez

A local institution that sells delicious cookies, cakes, donuts or local pastries stuffed with fruit and cream.
Vegetarian in Estelí

Licuados Ananda

Disregard the empty pool (although that graffiti lotus is pretty cool), sit beneath the dangling vines and sip your post-namaste juice or licuado (blended fruit, milk and water drink), which is made fresh before you…