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- Dining is serious business in Caracas. But it's more than just a way to indulge your taste buds and enjoy a night on the town. Caracas cuisine is a reflection of the dynamic cultural cocktail of the city and the country. And with influences from all over the world, it's easy to see (and taste) just how internationally inspired Caracas is. You'll find the most cutting-edge and trendy dining in the Las Mercedes area. Some 100 restaurants pack the 30-block area, all vying for customers with enchanting aromas and swanky decor. Here you'll find everything from sushi to pizza, Mediterranean to traditional Venezuelan. The digs aren't exactly budget-friendly, but good value can be found---as well as a rockin good time. Sabana Grande is your stop for more budget-friendly eating, with most restaurants located along Av Francisco Solano. The fast-food court Centro de Comida Rapida Plaza Broadway offers a crash course in the Caracas cuisine: pad thai, Middle Eastern and everything in between in packed in. A couple good vegetarian options can be found in Sabana Grande, as well as the highest concentration of arepa stands. Don't miss out on this melted morsel of Venezuelan goodness! Swanky Altamira is your place for a more refined experience. Elegance and a fine-dining atmosphere are served alongside Argentinian steaks, French foie gras and Venezuelan pabellón criollo. Dining in the Historic Center is all about tradition. Here, you'll find numerous tascas, a legacy of the Spanish. With food and tapas served in one room, music and dancing going late into the night in another, a trip to a Caracas tasca is a quintessential as they come. Caracas' many cafes and pastelerias offer European-minded espresso with Latin-inspired dulces. They're the perfect way to start the day---or stop of a mid-day refueling.