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Top Choice Pizza in Colonia del Sacramento

Don Joaquín

After 13 years in Europe, Colonia natives Yancí and Pierina returned home with a genuine Neapolitan pizza oven in tow. The result is this cheerful, high-ceilinged eatery where diners can watch the pizzaiolo (pizza c…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Colonia del Sacramento

Missfusion

Vivacious young owner-bartender Erika Valecillos Spinetti left her native Venezuela to open this brightly painted, high-ceilinged corner bar in 2016, and Colonia is much the better for it. Creative mixed drinks and …
Top Choice International in Colonia del Sacramento

Charco Bistró

Outstanding both for its location and its food, this bright and airy eatery with a contemporary aesthetic is tucked down a cobbled side street with a spacious deck overlooking the Río de la Plata's grassy shoreline.…
Cultural Center in Colonia del Sacramento

Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen

Incorporating part of the city’s historic fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits and periodic concerts. The grassy riverside grounds out back,…
International in Colonia del Sacramento

Lentas Maravillas

Cozy as a friend’s home, this is an agreeable spot to kick back with tea and cookies, or savor a homemade lemonade accompanied by soup, sandwiches or goulash. Flip through an art book from owner Maggie Molnar’s pers…
Uruguayan in Colonia del Sacramento

Buen Suspiro

Duck under the wood beams into this cozy spot specializing in picadas (sharing boards of cheese and cold cuts). Sample local wines by the bottle or glass, accompanied by spinach and leek tarts, ricotta-and-walnut 't…
Burgers in Colonia del Sacramento

Bocadesanto

Newcomer Bocadesanto pours all of its energy into creating Colonia's best burger: prime Uruguayan beef piled high with ingredients like home-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, Emmental cheese, bacon, arugula, pick…
International in Colonia del Sacramento

La Bodeguita

Nab a table out back on the sunny two-level deck and soak up the sweeping river views while drinking sangria or munching on La Bodeguita’s trademark mini pizzas, served on a cutting board. The wide-ranging menu also…
Lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento

Faro

One of the town’s most prominent landmarks, Colonia’s 19th-century working lighthouse provides an excellent view of the old town and the Río de la Plata. It stands within the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de Sa…
Cafe in Colonia del Sacramento

Ganache

An inviting spot for a coffee break any time of year, Ganache lays tables out on the cobblestones in warm weather. Come winter or a rainy day, you'll be tempted by its sweet interior space with flowers on every tabl…