Asuncion may not be the most renowned culinary city in South America, at least not compared to more established scenes such as Lima and Santiago. Nevertheless, there are a number of fantastic dining options in the capital, from traditional Paraguayan steakhouses to more refined international fare. Let’s take a look at the top 10 restaurants to sample in the city.
Restaurant, Italian, Salad Bar, $$$
Operating on a novel concept, Billini lets customers choose their pasta and sauce before watching in awe as a team of skilled chefs whip together a delicious dish in a matter of minutes. Of all the Italian restaurants in the city, these highly trained professionals are the real pasta masters of Asuncion.
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Travelers missing Chinese cuisine should check out Shangri-La, the best Asian eatery in Asuncion hands down. Like other Chinese restaurants throughout South America, the food here is Chifa so not exactly authentic. Nevertheless, their spring rolls, wonton soup, and Mongolian grill really hit the spot. Choose from one of two branches in the city: a fancy restaurant and a cheaper shopping mall food court.
Hacienda Las Palomas
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Got a hankering for some tacos? Then Hacienda Las Palomas is the best place to be in Asuncion thanks to their excellent selection of exquisite Mexican delicacies. The atmosphere is bright and cheerful while the service is exceptionally fast, meaning you’ll be tucking into a delectable tortilla-based feast in no time.
Diner, South American, $$$
Despite being located in an undesirable neighborhood and coming across as a tacky U.S. style diner, Restaraunte Bolsi is so much more. Their expansive menu serves all your local and international favorites, each skillfully prepared by internationally trained chefs in true gourmet style. Be sure to try one of their heady caipirinhas, said to be among the best in Asuncion.
Bar, South American, $$$
Right across the road from the city’s most historic square, Lido Bar is an obvious choice for travelers exploring the center. Locals have been frequenting this classic Paraguayan style eatery since the 60s, particularly during lunchtimes when the restaurant does a roaring trade. Portions are enormous, and the food rarely disappoints.
Bar San Roque
Restaurant, South American, $$$
A longtime local favorite, Bar San Roque has been dishing out delectable Paraguayan cuisine for as long as anyone can remember. Featuring oodles of old-world charm and some of the most attentive waiters in the city, it’s a must for any traveler longing to try the country’s national cuisine. Best of all, most of their produce comes fresh straight from the family farm.
La Flor de la Canela
Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
Travelers craving a Peruvian feast would do well to check out La Flor de la Canela, a superb central option that serves divine seafood dishes including their coveted ceviche. A few beef and chicken options can be found on the menu as well for those who aren’t that keen on seafood.
A La Turka PY
Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
Turkish food is not big in South America, and Paraguay is no exception. With that in mind, we’re confident to proclaim this awesome family run business to cook the best kebabs in the country. Their falafels and sandwiches are equally divine, and everything on offer is very reasonably priced.
Bistro, Brazilian, Buffet, $$$
Hungry? Then give this Brazilian all-you-can-eat barbeque restaurant a try, and you’ll be guaranteed to leave clutching your stomach in blissful agony. Paulista Grill is famous around town for serving no less than 15 cuts of succulent meat directly to your table on large skewers by elegantly dressed waiters. If that weren’t enough, their salad and dessert bars are nothing short of exquisite as well.
Restaurant, South American, Barbeque, $$$
Despite feeling a little touristy at times, this lively peña (folkloric music hall) is an essential introduction to Paraguay’s fascinating Guarani culture. Energetic live performances spanning various indigenous genres are held throughout the night as the mostly foreign crowd devours vast portions of barbequed beef and ample amounts of beer.