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El Teatro Bar

El Teatro Bar (Av. Orinoco, Las Mercedes, Caracas) – despite its name, this is actually a rock club, where various local bands perform live. Many college students show up here. Like other bars, ladies sometimes get in free if they show up early (before 11 pm).

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Pastissima

Pastissima (Av. San Marino e/Guaicaipuro, Chacao, Caracas) – the name says it all: it’s a pasta palace. Located in the city’s upscale Chacao district, one can find homemade ravioli, tortellini, gnocchi, and gourmet-quality pizza. Of course, it also have Italian desserts such as gelatos and tiramisu.

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Mokambo

Mokambo (Calle Madrid e/Calle Monterrey, Las Mercedes, Caracas) – although this restaurant’s interior decor is African (hence its name), the ítems served here are mostly Mediterranean. Spanish-style tapas are available here, along with Italian pastas and other dishes. There is also an outdoor dining area – which tends to fill up during the evenings.  

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La Cocina de Francy

La Cocina de Francy (Av. Este 2 e/Tracabordo, La Candelaria, Caracas) – this restaurant serves Venezuelan dishes, such as pelao guayanés (chicken stew with herbs and olive oil), and pabellón criollo (a popular meal consisting of rice, black beans, fried plantains, and shredded beef). Since this is South America, various types of arepas (cornmeal cakes) […]

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Guayoyo Café

Guayoyo Café (La Caranta, Pampatar, Margarita Island) – this is a popular seaside bar and restaurant that attracts tourists – both college students and those more mature. Live bands (jazz and Latin) are often booked here. Seafood and Italian dishes are available for those in a mood for fine dining. Because of the ocean views, […]

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Gran Pizzería El León

Gran Pizzería El León (Plaza La Castellana, Av. Eugenio Mendoza, Chacao Caracas) – located across from the Renaissance Caracas La Castellana Hotel, this open air bar is a popular college student hangout for those going bar hopping afterwards. Nevertheless, it stays full well into the evening.

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Restaurante El Fondeadero

  Restaurante El Fondeadero (La Caranta, Pampatar, Margarita Island) – this is another fine restaurant at Margarita Island that serves a variety of seafood dishes. No doubt, its seaside views are an attraction unto themselves for many patrons.

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Nobu

Nobu (2ª Avenida, Los Palos Grandes e/4ª y 5ª Transversal, Caracas) – this restaurant serves a variety of Asian dishes (from Thai, to Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese). Peruvian ceviche is also available. Since there are not many restaurants in Caracas that serve consistently good quality sushi, a number of patrons come here just for that […]

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Lola

Lola (Av. Transversal 5 e/Av. San Juan Bosco, Altamira, Caracas) – this fine restaurant (with sophisticated interior décor), has been visited by celebrities like Hollywood actor Sean Penn, and serves what can only be described as international: fresh Indian naan, Chinese dim sum, Moroccan tagine, Italian pastas, and Venezuelan grilled fish. Whatever dish one chooses, […]

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El Caserio

El Caserio (Av. Francisco Solano e/Av. Los Mangos, Caracas) – patrons with a craving for Spanish cuisine dine here, with a choice of mainly Basque and Galician-influenced dishes served here (some involving lamb and bacalao – codfish). There’s also the fail-safe, obligatory Spanish meal – paella.