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Top Choice Museum in Montevideo

Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales

Uruguay’s largest collection of paintings is housed here in Parque Rodó. The spacious rooms are graced with works by Blanes, Cúneo, Figari, Gurvich, Torres García and other famous Uruguayans. For a closer look at so…
Top Choice Gallery in Punta del Este

Casapueblo

Gleaming white in the sun and cascading nine stories down a cliffside, Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró’s exuberantly whimsical villa and art gallery sits atop Punta Ballena, a jutting headland 15km west of Punta…
Top Choice Cafe in Montevideo

Escaramuza

Tucked into a beautifully restored Cordón home, Escaramuza impresses on many levels. Cross the threshold to discover one of Montevideo's most attractive bookshops. A few paces further and you've entered the seductiv…
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 Tapas in Montevideo

Candy Bar

At this cool corner eatery, colorful folding chairs fill the sidewalk beneath a spreading sycamore tree, while the chefs inside mix drinks, whip up meals and juggle fresh-baked bread behind a countertop overhung wit…
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 Seafood in Piriápolis

Café Picasso

Down a residential backstreet several blocks from the beach, septuagenarian chef-owner Carlos has converted his carport and front room into an informal, colorfully decorated restaurant with an open-air grill. Locals…
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.…
Top Choice Vegan in Montevideo

La Fonda

Grab a table on the pedestrianized street, or enter the high-ceilinged, brick-walled interior to watch the wild-haired chefs bantering to cool jazz as they roll out homemade pasta, carefully lay asparagus spears ato…
Top Choice Live Music in Montevideo

Fun Fun

Since 1895 this intimate, informal venue has been serving its famous uvita (a sweet wine drink) while hosting tango and other live music on a tiny stage. Temporarily moved to Calle Soriano in 2014, it's due to retur…