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Where to Eat & Drink in El Salvador

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Don’t expect spice in El Salvador; like its Central American neighbors, this country’s food isn’t spicy hot. It does, however, tend to the heavier side, with dishes like pupusas—thick corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of fillings—common on menus. Restaurants range from casual to formal to downright atmospheric, such as inside a volcano! As for drinks, look for homegrown coffee, locally brewed beer, and a traditional corn-based drink called atol.
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Avenida Manuel Enrique Arujo, San Salvador, El Salvador
Shopping at local markets is always a highlight of travel in Latin America, where you can often learn about the crafts and items for sale from the vendors—many of whom are the same artisans or craftspeople who made those objects. At the National...
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KM 40.5 Carretera al Aeropuerto de El Salvador, San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
One of San Salvador’s most popular restaurants, Los Balcones is located inside the Quality Hotel Real near the airport. It’s an unlikely location, perhaps, but guests rave about the food and the service here. With respect to the former, the...
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Al costado del Lobby de Clarion Suites Las Palmas, Bulevar Sergio Viera De Mello, San Salvador, El Salvador
This white tablecloth, fine dining restaurant in the country’s capital. Headed by Chef Alejandra Girón, who trained at Institut Paul Bocuse in France, the menu is informed by her stint in that country, as well as stages and jobs at renowned...
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Boulevard Sergio Viera de Mello y, Zona Rosa, Av. Las Magnolias, San Salvador, El Salvador
Forget chain restaurants from home; La Hola Beto’s is the ubiquitous El Salvadoran equivalent to America’s golden arches. But don’t expect chicken nuggets and fries; La Hola Beto’s strength is in all things seafood. From ceviches to shrimp...
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Suchitoto, El Salvador
This restaurant’s name hints at one of its principal attributes: its view. “Mirador” means “scenic overlook,” and the vista here—of Lake Suchitlán-- earns the name. In fact, many of the guests stop by the restaurant on their way to or from a day...
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San Salvador, El Salvador
Other Latin American coffee-producing countries—Mexico, Colombia—are better-known in the U.S., but El Salvador is also a source of coffee, and this café specializes in pulling and siphoning espressos and other coffee drinks made with domestic...
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San Salvador CP 1101, El Salvador
If you’re feeling a bit short of breath, you’re not imagining things: the elevation of this restaurant, is more or less on par with Denver at around a mile high. Special not only because of its altitude, this restaurant is also unique because of...