Venezuela: Food and Drink

South America's Hidden Gem

Caracas is well known for its restaurants and cuisine, as is Venezuela. The wealthy locals in Caracas dine out frequently here and so support a wide variety of fine restaurants and trendy eateries. Current popular dining trends in Caracas are fusion cuisines, along with sushi bars and smart steakhouses. You'll also find a wide range of other restaurants in Caracas — from French, Spanish and Italian to Middle Eastern and even Chinese. The neighbourhoods of Las Mercedes, La Castellana, Altamira and Los Palos Grandes in Caracas are well known for their fine dining. While in Caracas, you may want to get a copy of Guia Gastronomica de Caracas (an annual restaurant and entertainment guide for Caracas) for more information on places to eat in Caracas. Lunch tends to be the main meal in Venezuela, with dinner usually a lighter affair. Traditional Venezuelan dishes that you may want to try include, arepa (a traditional cornmeal patty that usually comes stuffed with meat, cheese or chicken) empanadas (filled with everything from cheese to shredded beef or fish) or pabellon (shredded meat, rice, black beans and fried plantain).