10 Things to Do in Montevideo That You Shouldn't Miss

September 24, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Montevideo, a port city and the capital of Uruguay, is a perfect destination for travelers looking for a relaxing stroll past colonial era buildings and along beautiful beaches. The Ciudadela Gateway, the only remaining section of the wall that once surrounded the entire city, now serves as the entrance to Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo's oldest neighborhood. Home to churches, museums, and theaters, at night the area comes alive with nightclubs playing Tango and Candombe music for crowds of dancers.
Restaurants in Montevideo

1. Rambla de Montevideo

Montevideo, Uruguay +598 2710 1089
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Rambla de Montevideo

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

Long stretch along the coast. Broad pavement for walking and cycling. Locals enjoying the sun or catching fish. Many benches to rest and watch the world go by.

2. Auditorio del Sodre

Calle Mercedes Esquina Convencion, Montevideo, Uruguay +598 2900 7084
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Auditorio del Sodre

This cultural center features Concerts, movies, Ballets and other types of Performances, as well as art and other cultural exhibits.

Reviewed By davidmgeer - Sydney

Loved the modern venue, very swish. Home of the national ballet company but I choose the only thing available Hamlet Russo. Wonderfully danced in that the troupe shows amazing athleticism however no orchestra and the sound system a major issue or the recordings were poor. Dancing to Beethoven isn't anyway a good idea and the story line was obscure and disspointing.
The tickets were unusually expensive for Uruguay at A$40 especially with the lack of a live orchestra. As a result there was not always adhesion between music and steps and I left in the interval. The theatre wasn't full.
The ballet deserves greater respect than this poor work and no live orchestra and the worse sound system I've ever heard!
Programs included as most where's here, but no English synopsis which would have helped.
Rating reflects poor audio

3. Museo Andes 1972

Rincon 619, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay +598 2916 9461
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museo Andes 1972

Reviewed By Sally S

This is a terrific museum, quite small but incredibly interesting. Telling the true story of a plane crash in the Andes, and the incredible survival of the young Uruguayans that were on board. Everything has English translations and the helpfulness and enthusiasm of the staff is brilliant. If you're in Montevideo you really should try to visit this museum.

4. Theatre Solis

Reconquista s/n and Bartolome Mitre, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay +5982 1950-3325
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Theatre Solis

Opened in 1856, this once-prominent music theater hosted world-renowned conductors, composers and performers until 1930, and now features occasional cultural events.

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

Collected a free ticket at the ticket booth about 15 minutes before the beginning of the 16.00 tour in English. A clear explanation of the origin and the development of the old and the new theatre. Lacks a bit the opulence of some European opera houses, but still a historic monument in Montevideo.

5. Bodegas Carrau

Cesar Mayo Gutierrez 2556, Montevideo 12410, Uruguay +598 2320 0238
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Bodegas Carrau

Reviewed By MJMaher - Huntington, New York

We booked the tour our last day in Montevideo. They took us that afternoon. We had a private tour with another couple with the 9th generation owner Margarita. The tour itself is real quick. Maybe 20 or 30 minutes. We spent the next hour or hour and a half in a private room sitting with Margarita sampling a ton of wines and eating cheese and crackers. It was a pleasure and so relaxing and a lot of fun. It was the highlight of our Montevideo trip. We took a cab out there which was cheap and this was the perfect way to end our trip. Honestly we had so much fun if we go back there we would book the tour just to sit in the room and sample wines with her. It was that much fun and their wines are excellent. Look forward to buying more of them in new york

6. Palacio Legislativo

Av. de las Leyes s/n, Montevideo 11800, Uruguay (598) 2 142
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Palacio Legislativo

One of Montevideo's most impressive landmarks is this neo-classical, three-story building, constructed in the early 1900s, and housing significant works of art inside.

Reviewed By Fabian B

This was one of the only places I went with my family in Uruguay that had gentile workers. The place is nice, with a lot of history, workers are friendly and help you. They take pictures, ask you if you need help, and tried to speak Portuguese. My kids loved it.

7. Libreria Puro Verso

Sarandi 675 | Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo 11008, Uruguay +598 2915 2589
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Libreria Puro Verso

Reviewed By westy54 - Sydney

Located at the Plaza Independencia end of the pedestrian only Sarandi Street, this is an enormous bookshop with an impressive myriad of shelves on multiple levels containing thousands of books. Unfortunately though, the vast majority, if not all, appeared to be in Spanish.
The appeal though of this bookshop for non-Spanish speaking individuals is the magnificent architecture of the art deco building within which it is housed. Omnipresent is the splendid sweeping staircase above which is a beautiful stained glass window. There is an old open steel elevator and the floors are beautifully tiled.
We had a coffee in the café on the first floor which was fine.

8. Palacio Taranco

Veinticinco de Mayo 379 | Hours: Monday-Friday 1230pm - 730pm, Montevideo 11002, Uruguay +598 2915 1101
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 518 reviews

Palacio Taranco

This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings and more.

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

Opulent residence that bears the names of the architects Girault and Chifflot, designers of the Petit Palais in Paris. Paintings of Velazquez, Goya, Teniers, Ribera, ... Perfect example of the house of the Montevideo upper class at the beginning of the 20th century. Highly recommended.

9. Catedral Matriz

Calle Sarandi at Ituzaingo, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay +598 2915 7018
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Catedral Matriz

Notable for its domed bell towers, this 1804 Cathedral is the burial place for some of the country’s most important figures.

Reviewed By Ronnie S - Strathdon, United Kingdom

The Catedral Matrix is a somber structure but easily recognised a a place of worship and peace. The usual dress code of modest wear applies.

10. El Prado

Montevideo, Uruguay
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 643 reviews

El Prado

Pause for a restful break at this tranquil park with beautiful trees, Fountains, a lake and walkways.

Reviewed By MrTonda - Porto Seguro, BA

I regret not have visited this place before, after 6 years living in the city we have decided to tour Montevideo by bus, what an excelent idea. The selected day was not the greatest but getting to Prado, we could forget all about the wind and the coldness and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Hotel do Prado!

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