Do You Know the Way to Jose Ignacio?

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Although our travel issue has already given way to the holidays, let’s give you some more reasons to visit Uruguay. For those suddenly considering becoming an ex pat (we wonder why…), this country certainly entices that notion, or at least fuels wanderlust.

Lucia Soria, chef and owner at Jacinto recommended many places to try while in Montevideo and Jose Ignacio. Here’s a list of favorites and discoveries.

Montevideo Wine Experience
Local Uruguayan wine tasting bar located just outside the Port Market and hosted by charming sommeliers Nicolas Cappellini and Liber Antunes. Try the Tannat Viogner by Altos de la Ballena


El Palenque
Asado restaurant with wood fired grilling on a parrilla located in the Central Market. Grab a seat at the counter to watch the fiery action!

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La Fonda
Located in the Ciudad Vieja, Chefs Mario Mori and Rodrigo Ferreira offer a fresh and imaginative menu, great cocktails, handmade pasta, lovely atmosphere and service.

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Jose Ignacio
Rent a car for a road trip to this beach town with fantastic restaurants.


La Olada, in La Juanita, Santiago Rivero prepares lamb, pasta, and risottos in a clay oven.

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A few hours away from Jose Ignacio on the eastern coast, this rustic, coastal village located on a windswept point is only accessible by 4×4 truck. Inspiring vistas and colorful hippies will help bring out the bohemian in you.

template template template template For more on Doug Young’s travels through Uruguay, check out his story From East Quogue to Uruguay from our 2016 travel issue.