Parque Rodó, La Rambla & Eastern Beaches

La Rambla, Montevideo’s multi-kilometer coastal promenade, is one of the city’s defining elements, connecting downtown to the eastern beach communities of Punta Carretas, Pocitos, Buceo and Carrasco. This is Montevideo’s social hub on Sunday afternoons, when the place is packed with locals cradling thermoses of mate and mingling with friends.

Montevideo Weekend Highlights

Weekends are the time to enjoy several of Montevideo’s quintessential experiences. Note that Ciudad Vieja, outside of Mercado del Puerto, is a virtual ghost town on Sundays, when businesses are closed and the pulse of local life moves east to the long Rambla waterfront.

Saturday morning Browse the antiques market on Plaza Matriz.

Saturday afternoon Discover your inner carnivore over lunch at Mercado del Puerto.

Saturday night Attend a performance at Teatro Solís or Sala Zitarrosa, sip uvitas (sweet wine drinks) and listen to live music at Fun Fun, go for tapas and cocktails at Baker's Bar or party all night at the city's clubs.

Sunday morning Explore the labyrinth of market stalls at Feria de Tristán Narvaja.

Sunday afternoon Join the parade of mate-toting locals strolling the 20km-long beachfront Rambla.

Sunday evening Catch a pre-Carnaval drumming rehearsal on the streets of Palermo or Parque Rodó, or attend Joventango's 7:30pm 'cafe-concert' of tango at the Mercado de la Abundancia.