Top things to do in Western Uruguay

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 eatery where diners can watch the pizzaiolo (pizza chef) creating th…
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 Museum in Fray Bentos

Museo de la Revolución Industrial

Possibly the words 'tour an old meat extraction plant' don't appear on your list of must-dos for Uruguay, but Museo de la Revolución Industrial highlights a major part of the country's history, when the British beef…
Top Choice Italian in Carmelo

Bodega y Granja Narbona

Set amid vineyards and orchards 13km from Carmelo, this restaurant in a restored 1908 farmstead serves gourmet pasta, Uruguayan beef, organic vegetables and fabulous tannat and grappamiel (honey-infused grape brandy…
Top Choice Clothing in Mercedes

Lanas de Soriano

A rainbow of beautiful handmade woolens is available in this shop, hidden away in a residential neighborhood near the waterfront.
Cultural in Tacuarembó

Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha

This colorful, authentically homegrown five-day event is the planet's largest gaucho festival, attracting participants from Argentina, southern Brazil and all over Uruguay for exhibitions of traditional gaucho skill…
Uruguayan in Carmelo

Comedor Lo'Korrea

On Sunday afternoons, families flock to this quintessentially Uruguayan eatery in Carmelo's wine country to linger over Lo'Korrea's fixed menu of homemade ravioli, pâté and wine. Depending on the weather, people gra…
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…
Parrilla in Paysandú

Los Tres Pinos

The parrilla here is excellent; carnivores will be in heaven, with everything from milanesas (breaded cutlets) to chivitos (steak sandwiches piled high with toppings) to pork chops, steaks and whole roast chickens –…