One of Montevideo’s oldest and most historic cafes is Café Brasilero, in the heart of Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) and near the iconic Plaza Independencia. The cafe dates from 1877, with an interior typical of the time period – dark wood panelling, an antique bar, and vintage prints. The coffee is excellent, as are the bakery and patisserie items. The cafe also offers breakfast plates to share at an excellent price given the cafe’s central location. This is a must-visit spot to take in Montevideo’s history and tradition.
Ituzaingó 1475, Montevideo, Uruguay, +598 2917 2035
Oro del Rhin, Yenny’s
One of Montevideo’s most famous features is its rambla, or beach boardwalk. In one of the city’s wealthier and more fashionable areas, Pocitos, is Oro del Rhin. It is inside Yenny’s bookshop, which is located on the rambla and looks out over the golden beach. Oro del Rhin is ideal for a late morning snack, such as a medialuna (croissant) or alfajor, along with some rich Brazilian coffee or a hot chocolate. Along with the relaxing bookshop atmosphere and beach views, Oro del Rhin is a great spot for a quiet morning.
From the outside, Copacabana may seem uninspiring, but inside it is a classic modern cafe, always full of local people enjoying a brunch business meeting or catch-up with friends. In the heart of Ciudad Vieja, the cafe is always bustling and has a great lively atmosphere. The huge windows make it a perfect spot for people watching in the city’s most historic district. It’s a great place for coffee and traditional breakfast items, and the portions are very generous.
Opposite the world-famous Teatro Solís is Café Bacacay, a sophisticated and quaint cafe with huge windows looking out over the theater. In a convenient location just off the central Plaza Independencia, the cafe is a great place to have a coffee and brunch during a morning of exploring the area. The cafe itself is inside a beautiful neoclassical building, and offers items such as filled croissants, a selection of special coffees and sweet treats. If location and views are what you’re looking for, Café Bacacay is the place to go.
Bacacay, Montevideo, Uruguay, +598 2916 6074
Feria Tristán Narvaja
For a budget breakfast or brunch option, this Sunday market (Uruguay’s most popular and also most famous) has plenty of street sellers offering enticing snacks. While exploring the stalls of books, antiques, clothes, art, and even pets, visitors can spend just a few pesos on some classic Uruguayan torta frita (fried bread), alfajores (biscuit with dulce de leche), or some more familiar pizza or perhaps fruit. The market is always busy with locals and has a great lively atmosphere, and it is a great place to get a feel for the heart of the city.
PV Restaurante Lounge
Inside one of Montevideo’s most beautiful bookshop is cafe PV Restaurante Lounge. Visitors enter through the bookshop’s grand entrance and continue up the grand sweeping staircase to the first floor cafe, where they can enjoy a rich coffee and a selection of brunch options. The cafe is quiet, with a clientele made up of either bookworms enjoying a recent purchase or sophisticated business people having a relaxed meeting. It is the perfect spot to sit for a while and enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as a tasty brunch.
Philomène is located in arguably the most upmarket neighborhood of Montevideo, Punta Carretas. Given the wealthy clientele of the area, the cafe is beautifully decorated with a fashionable vintage theme. The menu offers the usual coffee and tea, as well as an enticing selection of cakes, pies, and other sweet offerings. This is an ideal cafe for an indulgent brunch.
Solano García 2455, Montevideo, Uruguay, +598 2711 1770