Montevideo Journals

A Tourist in My Own City

A travel journal to Montevideo by Valerita

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Quote: I (heart) Uruguay. That will be my last sentence of my last review after touring my city and my country.

Roma Tijuana

Restaurant | "Italian-Mexican Flavors"

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I usually go to this Italian-Mexican restaurant. Food is good, although some people say that there are more authentic Mexican options in the city. But for a casual dinner with friends, it works perfectly for me. In my last visit I had a "Calzone complete" stuffed with jam, mozzarella, onions, pepper, bacon and olives. My friend had the "Hot Chicken" dish, chicken wings with jalapeños and sour cream. To drink, we both order Mojitos.

We ended up paying around 30 dollars. Not bad. Take into account that credit cards are not accepted.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2010

Roma Tijuana
Cnel. Mora 553
Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 2 7109620

Chiviteria Marcos

Restaurant | "My Favorite Dish!"

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Which is your favorite dish? Mine is Chivito! Typically Uruguayan, this is kind of a sandwich, which consist of beef, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, fried of boiled egg, peppers, and depending on the restaurant, the list may go on and on. The good thing about Marcos is that the list does go on and on! They are huge and you have so many things to add to it, including several types of flavored mayo’s.

In general, they come with fries, but if you choose the platter option, it also comes with Russian salad.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2010

Chiviteria Marcos
L. A. De Herrera And 26 De Marzo
Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 2 6283512

Lupita (La)

Restaurant | "Mexican Food"

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Writing about this restaurant was something that I have been planning to do since my last visit. I have mixed feelings about La Lupita. On the one hand, everybody loves it. I like Mexican food, but I must admit that I not an expert of the subject. Still, I can recognize when original Mexican food is served, and this is the case.

But on the other hand, I didn’t enjoy my last meal there. Maybe because I was pregnant and used to feel sick all the time, or they just weren’t having a good night.

I would recommend the place anyway. It’s quite hard to find an available table, especially on Saturdays, so be ready to wait…

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2010

Lupita (La)
Luis De La Torre 565
Montevideo, Uruguay +598 2 7121966
+598 2 712-1966

Italiano (El)

Restaurant | "A Little Jewel"

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Although Uruguay is famous for its meat, we are also pretty proud of our fish and seafood offer. Of all the options available in Montevideo, the one that I prefer is "El Italiano" a small restaurant located in Buceo Harbor, because if weather is good, you can really enjoy this open-air restaurant. The food is really fresh. In my last visit I had paella…highly recommended.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2010

Italiano (El)
Puerto del Buceo local 1
Montevideo, Uruguay 6227930
+598 2 622-7930

Mera

Restaurant | "Mera Restaurant"

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The reason why I really like this place is that it’s close to my home. Other than that it’s not outstanding food, just good enough to have dinner. Service is quick, prices are good. I usually choose the "parrillada for 2", which for a convenient price of around 30 dollars, it includes several kind of meat, fries, beverages and desserts for two people.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2010

Mera
8 De Octubre And Garibaldi
Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 2 481-6819

Uruguayan Carnival

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Attraction | "Uruguayan Most Popular Festivity"

Carnival Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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This is THE festival of our country. It lasts at least two months; it varies depending on the weather condition. A parade officially inaugurates the festivity in January, and then there’s an official competition among the different groups in the Teatro de Verano (Summer theater) Ramon Collazo every night until the jury gives the verdict in March. But the activity not only takes place in that theatre. There are lots of stages set up in clubs and local institutions where the "murgas" and other groups perform. I usually go to the "Velodromo Municipal", which is the closest to my home. I check the program during the previous days, and if my favorite "murga" acts (Agarrate Catalina), I call to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2010

Tristan Narvaja Market

Attraction | "Our Traditional Market"

Tristan Narvaja Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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This is the review that best describes my journal. I intended to write about touristy places that locals can visit and enjoy as much as tourists, and this market is the place. Fruit and vegetables, pets, antiques, or Uruguayan traditional products: you will find them all here! The offer is wide, prices are good, and it’s a great outing for a Sunday morning. It’s pretty much a flea market; you can find antiques and used items. I usually go there when I want to buy that book that you no longer find in a bookstore, because the offer of books is huge. The market takes place on Sunday mornings, and it occupies several blocks (you can start at the corner of 18 de Julio and Tristan Na...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2010

Mercado del Puerto

Restaurant | "Hungry?"

Mercado del Puerto Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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After a short walk from the city center, you will find this place, an icon of the city and a must for tourists and locasl. What is so special about it? Well, apart from the delicious meat that you will eat and exceptional national wines, you will discover the real Uruguay and who Uruguayans are. What will you find? Local flavors everywhere, typical Uruguayan musicians performing "candombe" or other national rhythms, and the best part, the "parrilladas". I always have a little bit of everything: barbecued vegetables, pork, lamb, chicken, even fish. But I’m traditional when it comes to parrilladas, and my favorite one is the "asado", our traditional meat cut. And my favorite drin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2010

Mercado del Puerto
Perez Castellano and Piedras
Montevideo, Uruguay

Cerro de Montevideo

Attraction | "Cerro de Montevideo - Montevideo's Hill"

Cerro de Montevideo Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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With an elevation of 400 feet, this hill is a place not to be missed. We generally visit it when we are kids and our teachers organized a day out.

Atop the hill there is a fortress, which dates from 1808, with a military museum, "Museo Militar Fortaleza General Artigas".

A highly recommend this place, not only for the history you will find, but also for the view of my beautiful city. Different tourism agencies and shuttle companies offer tours to the Cerro, you can check at you hotel front desk, and they will help you.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2010

Cerro de Montevideo
Cerro
Montevideo, Uruguay

Empanadas La Barca

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Restaurant

Empanadas La Barca Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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We were going to meet a friend that we hadn’t seen for two years, so we needed to find a place that was conveniently located, quiet enough so that we could chat (a lot!), kid friendly (my 10-month boy is about to start walking and he wants to practice a lot these days), and of course that served good food. La Barca it was. Empanadas are their specialty, but there are other options like pasta, seafood, etc. An empanada is a kind of stuffed pastry, which can be fried or cooked in the oven. The second option is healthier, but in my opinion, the first one is tastier. It’s not upscale dining, but that was not what we were looking for anyway. A waitress accommodate us in a convenient...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2010

Empanadas La Barca
Luis A De Herrera 1245
Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 (2) 628-8282

Useful! Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Can you be a tourist in your own city? Absolutely! What would you do if you don’t have the time or money, or both, to take a long trip to a new exciting destination? Would you just stay at home, watching TV? Well, you could do that but you can also explore your city. There are so places that we have heard of, places where tourists go, but for some reason we don’t. We think that they are there, waiting for that tourist from an unpronounceable country with a huge camera. (I remember an episode of Friends where Chandler took a first time visitor to New York for a tour of the city; he came back so excited about the things he had seen, wearing I (heart) NY, he had been the tourist!). That is what I will tr...Read More