Features in-depth information on:
Society & Culture
- History How did this tiny country get to be so progressive? Your burning questions answered.
- The Uruguayan character, a chapter of entirely personal anecdotes that illustrate that Uruguayans (from presidents to petty thieves) are friendly and down-to-earth.
- Expressions EVERYONE uses on the street and what they mean.
- Films to watch, albums to listen to and books to read before you come.
Food & Drink
- What time the locals eat and how Uruguayans survive through to a 10pm dinnertime.
- Street food.
- Wine and craft beer from Uruguay are winning prizes internationally. The guide points you to which to try and why.
- Restaurants for people desperate for gourmet and veggie options.
- Restaurants for wine-lovers.
- Historic cafes The most charming, and the grittiest.
Things to do
- Guided tours to wine, carnival and more.
- Great day trips, from UNESCO heritage site Colonia de Sacramento, to glitzy Punta del Este, to the Santa Lucía wetlands.
- Architectural highlights in possibly the city with the biggest concentration of Art-deco after New York.
- Art museums and underground art coops.
- Beaches including which of the 10 is best for children, windsurf and boat rental, etc.
- Shopping and buying original gifts Really. Ever heard of a guidebook that helps you with this thankless task?
- Shopping for wine-lovers Wow, right? Where to go to get expert advice and dah goods.
- Why Carnival in Montevideo is so unique and where and when to track down the best (and worst) of carnival, even off-season.
- Tango Here tango is something the locals do, it’s not “for export”. One milonga, or dance salon, even takes place in a living room.
- The best live music and live acts that Montevideo has to offer Tiny Uruguay has a huge share of highly talented musicians. Pay under 10 USD to see a world-class band in a tiny cafe.
- Gay Montevideo has a small but charming scene.
- Flying into Uruguay, including a candid look at airlines to avoid.
- Getting to (or from) Montevideo from Buenos Aires The fastest, cheapest and most leisurely route.
- Best time to visit and how long to stay Insights only a long-term resident can give.
- Public holidays when Montevideo pretty much shuts down, so it’s essential to know when they are and festivals you must not miss, like the mysterious Sea Goddess celebrations.
- Best neighbourhoods to stay based on your personal preferences.
- Architecturally-lovely accommodation Options for all pockets.
- Personal safety Dispelling myths and tips specific to neighbourhoods.
- Getting around on public transport like a local.
- Driving and car rental The logic in seemingly erratic traffic patterns and driving habits.
- Tipping demystified eg why you don’t tip taxi drivers but do tip street parking attendants.
- Money exchange including troubleshooting ATM withdrawals.