Ciudad del Este has variety of dining options that can’t be found in other parts of the country. For those that have already spent significant amount of time in Paraguay the city’s ethnic restaurants are a welcome break from empanadas and lomitos. Some of the best food can be found at hole-in-the-wall restaurants. As with lodging food prices are higher than in the rest of the country.

Restaurante Al Manara A great place to sample Ciudad del Este’s middle-eastern fare. Select your dish using the picture menu on the wall but remember that it is easy to over order. Two dishes can easily feed up to three or four people. Hummus, pita, and garlic sauce are musts. Brazilian-style food is also available as are hookahs with a selection of flavored shisha tobacco. Tel: 061 514 038, 061 510 149, Shopping Continental, 2nd floor, Rubio Nu between Monsenor Rodriguez and Adrian Jara. 2nd floor Shopping Continental, Mon-Sat 7am-2pm, Gs. 20,000-40,000

Gugu’s Restaurante Chino Gugu’s has the best Chinese food in town and the locals know it, as proven by the lunch crowds. Show up early to beat the rush. A fun photo menu takes the guess work out of ordering. Frosty shaved ice drinks are delicious as beverages to accompany your meal (try the passion fruit or mbaracuya) or as desserts (try the peanut chocolate). Tel: 061 512 494, Boqueron 266 about half a block from Adrian Jara, Mon-Sat 10:30am-9:30pm, US$2.50 -15

New Tokio One of the few places in landlocked Paraguay offering high quality Japanese food. Lunch service includes a buffet and a la carte options but sushi lovers will prefer the all you can eat sushi and sashimi specials at dinner. Tel: 061 5503 840, Corner of Avenida Pioneros del Este and Avenida Adrian Jara in the same building as the Arco Iris supermarket (walk up the stairs to the right of the supermarket entrance), Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Gs. 15,000-60,000, sushi dinner special Gs. 66,000, sashimi dinner special Gs. 81,000

Churrasquena Patussi’s Grill One of Ciudad del Este’s most popular Brazilian style churrasquerias located a short distance from the commercial sector. The meat just keeps on coming so make sure to go with an empty stomach. They usually have or are willing to make some sort of pasta dish for vegetarians. Tel: 061 502 293, located on the second floor of a mini mall on Avenida Monsenor Cedizch and Alejo Garcia (above Cantina Napoli Pizzeria),, Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, 6pm-12am, Sun 11am-3pm, Gs. 80,000 per person

Cantina Napoli Pizzeria This pizzeria’s wide variety of pizzas includes stuffed crust pizzas and dessert pizzas. They also deliver. Tel: 061 513 204, 0973 589 144, 0983 106 974, Avenida Monsenor Cedizch y Alejo Garcia (underneath Patussi Grill),, Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, 6pm-12am, Sun 5pm-12am, Gs. 20,000-50,000

Bovolos Baker’s Shop A simple cafeteria tucked away in the commercial sector. Savory options include pastas and sandwiches and baked goods include brownies, muffins, macaroons and cakes. Cappuccinos are good as well. Tel: 061 510 486, Boqueron 148 across from the CCPA, Mon-Sat 7am-6pm, Gs. 3,000-20,000

Cafe Mona Lisa Take a break from shopping for electronics to enjoy something from the Mona Lisa cafe’s extensive drink menu which includes iced coffees, hot coffees and cocktails. They also serve sandwiches and desserts. For a more extensive (but also more expensive) menu head to the Mona Lisa restaurant. Tel: 061 500 645, Monsenor Rodriguez and C.A. Lopez # 525,, Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Gs. 10,000-25,000

Gourangas This Hare Krishna run restaurant is one of the few restaurants in Paraguay catering to vegetarians. Daily menus include curries and soups as well as fresh fruit juices. Tel: 061 510 362, Pampliega almost at Eusebio Ayala behind the Municipal office, Mon-Sat 7:30am-2:30pm, Gs. 15,000


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