Collected by Kathy Reddy
Ituzaingo 1373, 11000 Montevideo, Uruguay
The oldest public building in Montevideo, located on Constitution Square, is the city’s Roman Catholic cathedral. Built in 1804 on the site of an earlier church from 1740, it is commonly referred to as la Iglesia Matriz, or “mother church,”...
Mercado del Puerto, Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 228, 11000 Montevideo, Uruguay
Convenient to Montevideo’s cruise ship terminal, the Mercado del Puerto was first inaugurated in 1868 and long served as the city’s principal meat and produce market. The clock here is almost as famous as the building itself. Constructed, like the...
Colombia 1307, 11800 Montevideo, Uruguay
Constructed from 1908 to 1925, the Legislative Palace is an impressive neoclassical edifice and perhaps the most important building in all of Uruguay. Like many of Montevideo’s most famous buildings, it was designed by an Italian architect—in this...
Casa de Tomás Toribio, Piedras 528, 11000 Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja, or Old Town, is located on a peninsula separating the Río de la Plata from the harbor. It has the orderly grid typical of many Spanish cities in the New World. Until 1829, the Ciudad Vieja was walled though today only...
José L. Terra 2220, 11800 Montevideo, Uruguay
The Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo is a must-see for both architecture- and culinary-minded travelers. The majestic cast-iron structure is one of the most elegant buildings erected in the early 20th century in Montevideo. And while the Mercado del...
Piedras 237, 11000 Montevideo, Uruguay
This Ciudad Vieja structure, formerly a market, houses dozens of small restaurants and is a carnivore’s delight. One location after another sells kebabs or choice cuts of the beef that Uruguay is famous for, roasted over open flames. Pick a place...
Ciudad Vieja, 11000 Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
The capital of Uruguay boasts gorgeous colonial architecture and a real sense of history. No place is better to see this than in Ciudad Vieja district, a paradise for antique-lovers. I went gaga for all the intricate details of the old colonial...
Los Arrayanes, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
Punta del Este’s Ralli Museum (there are five Ralli Museums around the world; this was the first) is full of Latin American and European works amassed by the museum’s late benefactor, Greek banker Harry Recanati. He founded the Ralli so visitors—...
20100 Punta del Este, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Years before Punta del Este became a destination on the travel radar, Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal installed one of the area’s most popular attractions, the public sculpture known as La Mano (The Hand). It’s also called Los Dedos (The...
Punta del Este, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
The exterior of this curious museum is as intriguing as the collections inside, thanks to the creative mind of its founder, Carlos Páez Vilaró. Although he wasn't an architect, Páez designed and built this rambling Gaudí-esque structure, which was...
Emilio Sader s/n – Parada 2 –, Emilio Sader, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
The marina in Punta del Este is a mixture of luxury yachts and humble fishing boats, and, depending on the season, beautiful people milling around the restaurants and nightclubs. Catch a morning boat charter here to Isla de los Lobos, a small...
esquina, 18 - Baupres & 30 - Las Focas, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is to street food forage my way through it. Oddly, in affluent Punta del Este, Uruguay one of the most satisfying bites I came across was the humble traditional chivito sandwich. Consisting of thinly...