Eating Your Way Around the World, In Caracas

Food — By Lauren Quinn on June 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Anyone not convinced that Caracas is an international city need only look for somewhere to eat. The restaurants of Caracas reflect the diversity of the city itself, energetically combining influences from around the world to create a true culinary adventure. You needn’t globe-trot to experience cuisines from across the planet—all you need to do is delve into the vivacious city’s dining scene.

Food is taken seriously in Caracas, so you’ll never be at a loss for places to indulge. Here of some of the best restaurants for respective cuisines. It’s truly an odyssey in eating, and it’s purely a Caracas experience.

Middle Eastern: Damasco

For the best and most authentic kebabs and falafels around, family-run Damasco is the place to go. It’s reasonably priced, has a mellow atmosphere—and on Friday nights, guests enjoy belly dancing performances.

Chinese: Lai King

It’s not just Western delights that pack ‘em in at Lai King. This standard for Chinese fare also features more authentic offerings, such as noodles and soups. The understated ambiance and high-profile location in a swanky part of town make Lai King truly stand out from its counterparts.

French: Le Gourmet

Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about Le Gourmet, making it the most talked about French restaurant in the city in Caracas. A fine-dining, elegant atmosphere accompany classic French fare. You’ll feel regal alongside live piano and violin players.

Japanese: Yamoto Suchi Bar

The sushi boat has come to Caracas—literally! Locals and travelers alike love to pick selections from the floating parade of sushi boats, which is part of what helps Yamoto Suchi Bar stand out from the scores of other sushi joints in the city. The other part is that the sushi is phenomenal.

Spanish: Las Cancelas

Tascas (Spanish-style bar/restaurants) cover Caracas, and make for great places to spend a night eating and dancing like a local. La Cancelas stands out for its authentic paellas and traditional atmosphere, complete with plenty of bullfighting motifs.

North American: Patatu’s Drive-In

For the homesick Yankee, nothing hits the spot like Patatu’s. While the food is the typical burger/fries/Tex-Mex mix, the atmosphere is the true draw. Nostalgia and kitsch run deep, with 1950s-theme decor. Velvet Elvis painting?—oh, yes.

Venezuelan: El Granjero del Este

You won’t leave Caracas without becoming acquainted with arepas—and possibly falling in love with them. A local specialty, these fried corn patties come with every imaginable filling at El Granjero: cheese, avocado, fish, chorizo and much much more. It’s perhaps your best place to get to know this regional favorite—and to end your global gastronomical adventure through Caracas’ restaurants.

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