Photo by Franco Larrine
As you walk further north along 5th Avenue, the crowds start thinning out and businesses become more locally owned, making for a quieter version of the eclectic downtown vibe. At Calle 38, take a right. You’re now in one of the city’s most beloved neighborhoods, where luxury shops and souvenir stores give way to charming eateries and small-scale beach hotels. Here, jungle trees cast shade on open-air bars and restaurants such as La Cueva del Chango, with its cave-like atmosphere and natural Mexican cuisine; pizzas and pastas at La Piola; and Trujillos Cantina, where wood tables and strings of lights surround a seductive outdoor bar.
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