Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Must Do/See/Eat in Montevideo

  • Ferias- You can probably find at least one a day if you try. I usually went to the one in Parque Rodó on Sunday mornings. There's also one called Tristan Narvaja Sunday mornings at the intersection of Dr. Tristan Narvaja and Colonia. Many smaller ones throughout the week sell food and produce at prices much lower than the supermarket. Typically you can buy any and everything cheaper at the ferias. Clothing, food, souvenirs, electronics. Always check the ferias first.
  • Mercado de los Artesanos- This is like a giant flea market style set up, but it's filled with handmade things. I will warn you though it's a tourist trap so prices are high. It's not unreasonable though. It is in Ciudad Vieja at Plaza Cagancha 1365.

  • Museo del Fútbol- The museum is attached to the centennial stadium and you get to go inside. Soccer is a huge part of the culture and the stadium is very important. The address is Av. Dr. Américo Ricaldoni 1801-1849.

  • Museo del Carnaval- This was my favorite place that we visited. A guided tour is the way to go. With a guide we were able to play the drums, dress up, and even parade around. You learn a lot more about the music and costumes this way. The address is Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 218.

  • Montevideo sign- It's a standard must do in Montevideo. It is on Playa Pocitos.

  • La rambla- There are several rambalas. It's the sidewalk along the beach. Find one and stroll. I walked the one at Playa Pocitos a lot because I lived near by. 

  • Maté- This is the special tea from this area of South America. Uruguayans drink it hot year around. It is common to see people carrying a thermos under their arm and a maté in their hand. It's worth trying. You can find the cups (maté) and straws (bombilla) at the ferias. 

  • Torta frita- I always found these at Tristan Narvaja on Sundays. It is fried dough and is sometimes served with powdered sugar. They are quite yummy. 

  • Chivito- I loved cheviots. It is a beef patty, ham, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella, and a fried egg on a bun. Restaurants, food trucks, and even stands at ferias have them.

  • Dulce de leche- I do not have a picture of this, but it is the favorite sweet of Uruguayans. It's similar to caramel. 
  • Alfajor- It is a special cookie to the area. Other countries down there have them, but they disappear as you go north. It is like a moon pie, but filled with dulce de leche. 
  • Empanada- It is a hot pocket filled with beef, tuna, veggies, onions, or ham and cheese. The most common are beef and ham and cheese.


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