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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.
Top Choice International in Colonia del Sacramento

Charco Bistró

Outstanding both for its location and its food, Colonia's hottest new eatery is tucked down a colonial side street, with a spacious deck overlooking the Río de la Plata's grassy shoreline. Tantalizing treats like gr…
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…
Confitería in Colonia del Sacramento

Confitería La Pasiva

This bright, bustling chain confitería is dependable for breakfast, pizza or sandwiches any time of day.
International in Mercedes

Club Remeros Mercedes

The restaurant at this sports club near the river (which also offers hostel accommodation) is open morning, noon and night, serving a varied menu.
Parrilla in Paysandú

Los Tres Pinos

Carnivores will swoon over the excellent parrilla at this place five blocks east of Plaza Constitución, while budget travelers will appreciate the lunchtime menú ejecutivo, featuring main course, side dish, water an…
Museum in Tacuarembó

Museo del Indio y del Gaucho

Paying romantic tribute to Uruguay’s gauchos and indigenous peoples, this museum’s collection includes stools made from leather and cow bones, elegantly worked silver spurs and other accessories of rural life.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Portugués

In this beautiful old house, you’ll find Portuguese relics including porcelain, furniture, maps, Manuel Lobo’s family tree and the old stone shield that once adorned the Portón de Campo.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Municipal

Houses an eclectic collection of treasures including a whale skeleton, an enormous rudder from a shipwreck, historical timelines and a scale model of Colonia (c 1762).