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Food & Dining in Paraguay


You'll find much of the standard South American cuisine in Paraguay with some Brazilian influence as well. Also highly popular are empanadas (meat/egg stuffed in a pastry and baked) and milanesa (breaded and fried chicken/beef/fish) – these are considered fast food, and are also found in other countries in the region. If you order a hamburger at a restaurant, expect it to come topped with a fried egg. Asado (BBQ) is great, and prices are quite reasonable.

Paraguayan food isn't particularly spicy, so those who can't tolerate spices won't have problems here. There is a lot of traditional food. Mandioca is often substituted for potatoes. Tortillas in Paraguay are different than in other places in Latin America. It is more like a fried dough,made with Paraguayan cheese. Try tortilla so'o; it is Paraguayan tortilla with bits of pieces of meat often marinated with garlic and lime.

At lunch time there is no shortage of cheap restaurants to dine in or take away. The places where you help yourself and pay by weight are usually very cheap and a decent option besides the slightly more expensive restaurants with their daily menu.

Most shopping malls have decent food courts with a variety of restaurants, however, they are located away from the centre. Bigger supermarkets often have a cheap self-service restaurant inside.


Asunción has plenty of street stalls and corner bars selling empanadas and chipas (a type of cheese bread made from yuca flour or cornflower). More upmarket restaurants offer the delicious river fish, surubi, in countless varieties. The downtown area does not have a great quantity of gourmet-style eateries. Instead, many are located in the Villa Morra district. Parrillas (grill houses) are plentiful, though the meat can vary in quality.

Established 1954 in the style of a contemporary American café-bar, Lido Bar (Avenida Palma) has hardly changed since. All the usual Paraguayan food, plus a wide selection of desserts. Very popular during peak hours, particularly dinner.

Hacienda Las Palomas (Senador Long 1481 (corner Senador Long and Guido Spano), has really good Mexican food. The margaritas are particularly good, but the food is even better.

For a traditional Paraguayan meal, visit La Paraguayita. Don't miss a Brazillian steak house called a Churrasqueria.

As for good Chinese cuisine, head to Shangri-La (Aviadores del Chaco c/ San Martín).





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