Top ChoiceBar in Maracaibo

Ateneo Pop

With film projections on the wall, fabulous DJ sets and everyone downing pizzas (BsF42 to BsF90) and buckets of icy beer, this hip roof terrace beer-garden is a funky place to chill out under the stars. Two beers...

Church in Maracaibo


The eastern end of the Paseo de las Ciencias is bordered by the 19th-century catedral. The most revered image in the cathedral is the Cristo Negro, or Cristo de Gibraltar, as it was called originally in the...

Architectural in Maracaibo

Casa de la Capitulación

The late-18th-century Casa Morales is better known as Casa de la Capitulación, for it was here that the Spaniards who were defeated in the naval battle of Lago de Maracaibo signed the act of capitulation on...

Museum in Maracaibo

Museo Urdaneta

A short walk north from the center is this museum, which is dedicated to Maracaibo-born General Rafael Urdaneta, the city’s greatest independence hero. Built on the site of Urdaneta’s birth, it features a...

Seafood in Maracaibo

Restaurant El Girasol

This is the only revolving restaurant in the country – an entire circle takes about two hours and the floor-to-ceiling windows provide for great views – you might even see the Catatumbo lightning in the distance....

Theatre in Maracaibo

Teatro Baralt

Inaugurated in 1932, this is the main central venue for theater performances, but it also stages other events. Half-hour guided tours are run from 9am to noon weekdays, if there are no other activities in the...

Activity in Maracaibo

Bahia Rastabar

DJs spin trendy reggae and reggaetón in this youthful bar, conveniently across the street from Los Soles Restaurant. Outdoor tables are more relaxed, and what’s not to like about a bar that has drinks like ‘Mango...

Mexican in Maracaibo

Restaurant Los Soles

Run by a Mexican family, this bright, airy new spot brings some authentic Mexican flavor to town. You can have your tacos and enchiladas outside if you want, but the colorful interior offers deliciously cool...

Church in Maracaibo

Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

The blue-colored neo-Gothic Iglesia de Santa Bárbara was the only structure not pulled down in the demolition of colonial buildings that formed the core of Maracaibo’s oldest quarter, El Saladillo.

South American in Maracaibo

El Budare de Juana

This clean and efficient arepera – part of a local chain – serves 25 different kinds of delicious arepas (stuffed corn pancakes) and a dozen freshly made juices to wash the food down.

Theatre in Maracaibo

Centro de Bellas Artes

Bellas Artes has a multipurpose auditorium used for concerts, art-house films and theater performances. It’s also home to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo and the Danza Contemporánea de Maracaibo.

Activity in Maracaibo

La Esquina de Palermo

Salsa music blares, balconies overhang the street, and there are 145 pizzas to choose from – great for a group outing. Sample the Maracucha pizza with fried banana, or La Orgia – need we say more?

Activity in Maracaibo

Vereda del Lago

The lakeshore Vereda del Lago, 5km north of the center, features the Aquamania water park (BsF50), paint-ball court, and the city’s best-dressed and surgically enhanced joggers.

Italian in Maracaibo

Ristorante Da Vinci

With a mock Renaissance fountain in front of the restaurant, Da Vinci is, predictably, an Italian affair and is consistently popular with locals for its fine food and relaxed atmosphere.

Asian in Maracaibo


Throbbing music, muraled ceilings and a minimalist modular wood decor set the stage for tasty stir frys and sushi. Proceed to the adjoining rooftop bar after slurping your noodles.

Steak in Maracaibo

Restaurant Mi Vaquita

Founded in the early 1960s, Mi Vaquita is arguably the best known steak house in town and it does a great job. It has a warm timber-decked interior and a lively bar to the side.

Activity in Maracaibo

Bar Alvarado

A young 20-something crowd dominates this massive club, which encompasses two floors on trendy Calle 72. Cheap drinks and loud music: what more might one require?

Palace in Maracaibo

Palacio de Gobierno

This arcaded mid-19th-century palace is also called the Palacio de las Águilas (Palace of the Eagles) for the two condors placed on its roof.

Steak in Maracaibo

La Churuata

Far from the palm-thatched jungle hut the name suggests, this trendy steak house combines delicious food with enjoyable decor. There’s also an adjacent bar.