Top things to do in Matagalpa

Top Choice International in Matagalpa


This fantastic arrival on Matagalpa's dining scene will be a godsend to travelers bored with typical nica cuisine, with curry and teriyaki-based dishes, bruschetta, bagels and artisanal beer topping the list of thin…
Top Choice Museum in Matagalpa

Casa Museo Comandante Carlos Fonseca

Commander Carlos Fonseca, the Sandinista equivalent of Malcolm X (read: bespectacled, goateed, intense, highly charismatic), grew up desperately poor in this humble abode with his single mother and four siblings, de…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Matagalpa

Kiss Me

This fabulous little ice-cream parlor sets the tone with its pink screen doors, checkerboard floor and hipstery hanging lights. It may be serving a rather retro vibe, but the ice cream is all innovation, with flavor…
Cafe in Matagalpa

Selección Nicaragüense

Pretty slick for the northern highlands, this modern cafe serves up good hot and cold coffee-based drinks using single-origin beans from around the region. Enjoy a cup in the fancy air-con lounge space or on the lar…
Steak in Matagalpa

El Pullazo

Matagalpinos love beef and it's no surprise that their steakhouse of choice is El Pullazo, which serves big portions of tender cuts of meat at bargain prices. It's so popular they've constructed a second floor. Come…
Bar in Matagalpa


Hands down the coolest bar in town and a fiercely popular meeting point for Matagalpa's students and in crowd. There’s an all-dark-wood dining room, a large patio, great coffee and even better cocktails. The hipster…
Arts & Crafts in Matagalpa

Telares de Nicaragua

This fair-trade association sells brightly colored fiber arts from indigenous artisans in El Chile, corn-husk dolls, beaded jewelry, baskets and a selection of the smooth, black local pottery, which is mixed with vo…
Mediterranean in Matagalpa

Gato Blanco

The White Cat has a rather dark and unappealing interior, but the tables in the little courtyard out front are far more inviting. The food here is varied and you can choose between daily specials, paella, pizza, cev…
Nicaraguan in Matagalpa


Part fritanga (grill), part Mexican diner, this hugely popular hybrid serves up impossibly tender BBQ beef, tangy chicken and ribs from the grill, as well as quality tacos, burritos and quesadillas.
Mexican in Matagalpa


This quasi-hipster joint serves up a delicious selection of simple Mexican dishes, including a damn fine burrito. The eponymous guacamole is also worth checking out.