The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, is a vibrant and eclectic city with a great cultural scene and elegant historic architecture. From the beaches of Pocitos to the industrial port to the neoclassical downtown business district, it’s certainly worth exploring. It is also a very walkable city and many of the sites are close together and easy to get to with a rental car or public transportation.
If you are looking for ideas of what to do on your stay in Montevideo, here are some that will get you started:
Things to do in Montevideo
Take a Free Walking Tour
One of the best ways to learn about and appreciate the history of Montevideo is to take a free walking tour. The tour will take you around to the areas of interest around the city and the friendly guide will tell you stories about Montevideo’s past. There are a few different free walking tours offered in Montevideo, but this is the one that I went on and I really enjoyed it! This definitely should be in your list of things to do in Montevideo!
Go to a Live Music Event
There are a lot of options for live music performances in Montevideo and during your visit you can see many different genres including tango, ballet, opera and Candombe, which is a rhythm drum performance with African influences. Check out the Auditoria Nacional Adela Reta to see what shows are available.
Have an Asado Feast at the Mercado del Puerto
This historic marketplace is located within an impressive building, its wrought iron arches make it feel like a grand European train station. As you walk into the Mercado, your stomach will start to rumble as the savoury smell of barbeque fills the air. With several barbeque joints to choose from you can tuck into a juicy steak that has been cooked to perfection.
Take a Walk (Or a Bike Ride) along the Ramblas
One of the best places for a laid back stroll is the Ramblas, which is the 13 mile promenade that stretches out from the beach suburbs to the port. You can rent a bike downtown or just use your own two feet and walk along the riverside for as long as you like, watching the waves crash against the rocks and the sun sparkle on the water.
Taste a Chivito
The Chivito is an enormous beast of a sandwich, made with steak, ham, cheese, an egg and sometimes vegetables. It is served between two pieces of bread, but it is so large that it is usually eaten with a knife and fork on a plate rather than by hand. It is certainly not the healthy option, but it is a must while you are visiting Montevideo. One of the best places in the city to try a tasty Chivito feast is Marcos Chivitos, as well as La Mole and Bar San Rafael.
These are just a few of the fun things to do in Montevideo, Uruguay, so that you can make the most of your time in this great city.