Venezuela: Food Guide - Dining Out

South America's Hidden Gem

Caracas is well known for its restaurants. The wealthy locals dine out frequently in Caracas 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. Lunch tends to be the main meal in Caracas, with dinner usually a lighter affair. The neighbourhoods of Las Mercedes, La Castellana, Altamira and Los Palos Grandes 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. 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).