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Top Choice Museum in León

Museo Rubén Darío

Nicaragua's most famous poet, Rubén Dario, lived in this house for the first 14 years of his life – indeed, he started writing poetry right here at age 12. That first poem is on display here, as are various personal…
Top Choice Museum in León

Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián

Probably the finest museum of contemporary art in all of Central America, the Ortiz-Gurdián Collection has spilled over from its original home in Casa Don Norberto Ramiréz, refurbished in 2000 to its original Creole…
Top Choice Cafe in León

Pan y Paz

Run by a European couple, this fabulous French bakery specializes in homemade breads. Grab a table on the breezy interior courtyard and choose from a menu of freshly baked pastries and gourmet salads and sandwiches.…
Top Choice Performing Arts in León

Teatro Municipal José de la Cruz Mena

Check the board in front of this attractive 1885 theater to see what’s on here and around town during your visit. It’s been impressively restored, and for less than US$3 you may be able to catch anything from Salvad…
Top Choice Museum in León

Galería de Héroes y Mártires

A homage to León’s more recent history is found at the Galería de Héroes y Mártires, run by mothers of FSLN veterans and fallen heroes.
Cathedral in León

Catedral de León

Officially known as the Basílica de la Asunción, León’s cathedral is the largest in Central America, its expansive design famously (and perhaps apocryphally) approved for construction in much more important Lima, Pe…
Museum in León

Museo de Leyendas y Tradiciones

León’s most entertaining and eclectic museum, the Museum of Myths & Traditions is now housed in La XXI (the 21st Garrison). What makes this museum unmissable is the striking contrast of its main subjects: a quir…
International in León

Café La Nicaragüita

This friendly little restaurant uses fresh and local produce to make a solid range of menu items: sandwiches, salads, burgers, pastas, steaks and fajitas, to name a few, plus a few Nicaraguan small plates (like tost…
Cafe in León

Paz de Luna Café

At this sleek, hipster-friendly coffee shop – think black-and-white tiled floors, a gilded chandelier, fruit crates repurposed as furniture – a wall-sized chalkboard menu spells out the long menu of coffee drinks, b…
Religious in León

Día de la Purísima Concepción

Known simply as 'La Purísima' and observed throughout the country, this lively celebration of Nicaragua’s patron saint is the occasion for the La Gritería (a shouting ritual that honors the Virgin Mary), enjoyed her…