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Top Choice Live Music in Managua

La Casa de los Mejía Godoy

Living legends Carlos and Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, whose folk-music explorations into the heart of Nicaraguan culture have become church hymns and revolutionary standards since they first started laying down riffs …
Top Choice Port in Managua

Puerto Salvador Allende

Thanks to a recent (and much-needed) overhaul to Managua's previously barren port area, this breezy lakefront complex is now a destination for tourists and locals alike. With around 20 dining venues – ranging from c…
Top Choice Cathedral in Managua

Antigua Catedral

The hollow shell of Managua’s Old Cathedral remains Managua’s most poignant metaphor, shattered by the 1972 earthquake – and, despite promises, never restored. Though still beautiful and serene, attended by stone an…
Top Choice Peruvian in Managua

La Terraza Peruana

A casual but refined Peruvian restaurant set on a cool front balcony overlooking a leafy side street, La Terraza has a huge menu that takes you from coastal to high Andean cuisine. With advance notice you can order …
Nicaraguan in Managua

Cocina Doña Haydee

This traditional Nicaraguan eatery does classic dishes, well presented and carefully prepared, from gallo pinto (rice and beans) and guiso de chilote (cheese soup with baby corn) to steak with all the trimmings. The…
European in Managua

La Casa de Los Nogueras

One of the most elegant restaurants in town, this cozy European bistro has delightful art, a wonderful garden out back for alfresco eating and top-notch but overly formal service. Note if you're planning on swinging…
Archaeological Site in Managua

Huellas de Acahualinca

Discovered by miners in 1874, these fossilized tracks record the passage of perhaps 10 people – men, women and children – as well as of birds, raccoons and deer across the muddy shores of Lago de Managua some 6000 y…
Museum in Managua

Museo Nacional

Inside the Palacio de la Cultura y Biblioteca Nacional is the national museum. The timeline starts only 500 million years ago, as Nicaragua is one of the newest places on earth, and takes visitors through the format…
Cathedral in Managua

Catedral Metropolitana

Just north of the Metrocentro mall is an unforgettable Managua landmark that's practically new (the doors opened in 1993). It's an architectural marvel that leaves most visitors, well, scratching their heads. It’s n…
Nicaraguan in Managua

Doña Pilar

Doña Pilar’s been here for years, and this popular evening fritanga (sidewalk grill) is a neighborhood institution, both for its juicy, crispy BBQ chicken and the range of ever-so-slightly greasy tacos and enchilada…