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Breakfast is not big in Uruguay

Typical Uruguayan Breakfast

Typical Uruguayan BreakfastThe bad news was that breakfast was not big in Uruguay.

A typical breakfast is a café con leche accompanied with a couple of bizcochos (sweet or savoury pastries) or a sandwich caliente (toasted ham and cheese -or tomato and cheese- sandwich).

However things are starting to change! A few Montevideo restaurants are starting to realise that there is a public for great breakfasts.

Here are some classic suggestions for the Ciudad Vieja (Old City).

Breakfast in Montevideo’s historic cafes

BreakfastBrasileroOur favourite is the Café Brasilero, founded in 1877, is one block from the Colonial Square at Ituzaingó 1447. The writer Eduardo Galeano -author of the Open Veins of Latin America– used to frequent the Brasilero.

The Brasilero opens from 9am. They’ll do you eggs if you ask. The history page on their website is in six languages.

They have recently started opening on Saturdays from 10am till 4pm. Closed Sundays.



Café Misiones on the corner of Misiones and 25 de Mayo streets

Another wonderful historic café 4 blocks from the Colonial Square is Café Misiones with its green antique-tiled frontage on the corner of Misiones and 25 de Mayo. It was founded in 1907. It opens from 7.30am till about 6pm weekdays. The host Bettina is the sweetest person.

Café Bacacay opposite the Solis Theatre is a Montevidean classic, is popular with the theatre crowd. Opens Mon-Fri 9am-1am, Saturdays 10am-1am. Tasty food served all day.

And go back in the evening for cheesecake to die for and cocktails.


The Clube BrasileiroThe 100-year old Clube Brasileiro, 18 de julio 994, 2nd floor (take the elevator) opens Mon-Sat 8am-9pm. They serve fresh fruit smoothies (licuados, though the menu says “jugos” erroneously) as well as the typical Uruguayan breakfast options.

Take this 8am opening with a pinch of salt, especially on Saturdays and arrive a little later to avoid disappointment. The Clube Brasileiro is next to the Gaucho Museum.

Bar Copacabana on the corner of Sarandi and Misiones is open from 7am each day except Sundays. The cafe itself is nothing special, but the staff are really friendly, there’s free wifi and newspapers and the little tray with juice and something sweet when you order just a coffee is a real treat.


MasasFreshly-baked bread and bizcochos available from 7am until 9pm each day (except Sundays) at the classic Confiteria 25 de Mayo, 25 Mayo 655 on the corner of B. Mitre (the street with the bars).

Another bakery Santoral, opposite the Cafe Brasilero, opens at 7am weekdays.

While you’re at the bakery, you might want to get something to go with your maté later on in the day. Uruguayans are addicts for masitas (pictured left).



The Guru is on a personal and professional search for BRUNCH in Montevideo.

Follow her quest on Facebook and check out her recommendations in the new Guru’GUAY Guide to Montevideo where breakfast and brunch recommendations have a starring section.


  1. Claire Shadbolt

    February 17, 2017

    We are looking at coming in May from South Africa and everything looks great. Just need to figure out prices – our ZAR is not a strong currency to the US dollar
    So to give me an idea can you tell me the +/- cost of
    Cup of Coffee
    Dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine – nothing fancy we like to eat where the local eat.
    Had a look at your guest house & that at $85 seems reasonable.
    With thanks & looking forward to our trip / honeymoon

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      February 18, 2017

      Hi Claire, a cup of coffee can cost anything between 50-100 pesos. A meal for two depends a lot on where obviously. But to give you an idea, a main course can cost 250-450 pesos in a nice place and a bottle of wine from about 300 pesos in a restaurant. The current US dollar exchange rate is 1 dollar to 28 pesos. Hope that helps. Do come stay with us! – all the best Karen

      • Claire Shadbolt

        February 20, 2017

        Hi Karen
        Thanks for getting back to me.
        All seems pretty comparable to SA so thats great.
        We will be getting things booked ASAP but can I ask if you can help a little bit more…
        My other half has seen you can go Piranah Fishing in Uruguay – in the River – but we cant find out where exactly.
        He does want to book a full on fishing trip – seen a website that offers a 5 day trip – but just go somewhere for a day & night.
        Can you advise anyone we could contact to arrange (as wont have any fishing gear with him so will need to be included with the excursion)
        Then we can finalise our trip to Uruguay & accommodation as may need to do eg: 3 nights – away for a night & back for 3 nights
        Any feedback would be appreciated
        Claire – feeling excited

  2. Romina

    November 28, 2013

    Hi! Great suggestions. I’ve never visited La Dulcería de Xime Torres before, but my friends who did say it’s really good. They have brunchs on saturdays 12-3pm at $315. Jaime Zudañez 2855 esq. Roque Graseras, it’s in Pocitos.
    Also in Ciudad Vieja you can visit Mojana Café at the Centro Cultural de España. They have a really nice, quiet space with lots of magazines, newspapers and most important (to me): sunlight! The food is really good and it isn’t expensive at all. Rincón 629.

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      November 28, 2013

      Hi Romina, I will definitely check out that Pocitos brunch place and report back! The CCE cafe is lovely – are you saying it opens for breakfast? That would be so great!

  3. Catty

    November 28, 2013

    Um, what about blood sausage and laverbread, maybe chased with a nice gin & tonic? Mmm, that sounds so yummers

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      November 28, 2013

      Ha, ha, Joel 🙂 While Uruguayans do like a bit of blood sausage –known as “morcilla”– they would NEVER eat it for breakfast (I can almost feel that nation shudder). Morcilla is part of a BBQ, or parrillada, and usually served as a starter before the main meat fest gets going.

      Laverbread… ah your little hat tip to my Welsh roots – thank you 🙂

      You may joke about the G&T but at lunch time on weekends it’s very typical to see the older guys and gals quaffing down enormous amounts of whisky on the rocks – to accompany their lunch! A tall glass is filled to the brim with ice and then what space is left is filled with whisky.

      Congrats, you are my first ever legit commenter!! Thank you heartily.


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