The neighbourhood of Pocitos has become an interesting option when approaching Montevideo from a different perspective. Considered the city's in vogue neighborhood, Pocitos combines the quiet and safety of a residential area with a wide variety of nightlife, cultural and commercial activity. The old style architecture of its buildings mixed with the modern, along the breathtaking Rio de la Plata estuary, paints a unique and worth seeing landscape picture.
Pocitos has many activities to offer its visitors, like the amazing Riviera which Montevideans love and use for exercise, walking and to spend time drinking "mate" (beverage made from steeping the leaves of the mate bush in hot water) particularly at sunset. Visitors can sunbath at Pocitos' beach and swim in its fresh waters. Pocitos Hostel is a one minute walk from the beach.
Also Pocitos has the city's best and most popular pubs, restaurants, grill houses and cafes in which you will have the opportunity of tasting traditional Uruguayan roast beef, exquisite foreign meals or just go out for a few beers, enjoy musical shows and dance till dawn. Given Pocitos Hostel's strategic location, right in the center of the neighborhood, everything is no more than a 10 minutes walk away.
There are two comfortable and attractive shopping malls: Montevideo Shopping Center, founded in 1985 and the first one of its kind in the Rio de la Plata area, which was built by acclaimed Architect Eladio Dieste, and it's located less than 10 minutes away from our Hostel. And also Punta Carretas Shopping, built over the old Punta Carretas jail, is only 5 minutes away from our Hostel. These shopping malls offer exciting shopping experiences, from fashionable clothing to crafts, food courts and movie theaters where you can watch the latest films.
The popular street fairs of the neighborhood also pose a great opportunity to go shopping; you can find everything from fruits, vegetables and fish to antiques and collector's items. The famous Villa Biarritz fair, located in the beautiful Zorrilla park, with a view to the Rio de la Plata, is a classic spot to visit for the tourist, and it can be enjoyed Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Pocitos also offers interesting cultural strolls, such as the Museo de Artes Visuales, right at the famous Rodo park, a 5 minute walk from the Hostel, and it's considered to be the most complete museum of Montevideo, with over 6,000 pieces, most of them by national artists like Juan Manuel Blanes, Carlos Federico Sáez, Pedro Figari, Rafael Barradas and Joaquín Torres García. Also a 5 minute walk away, you'll find the School of Architecture and the School of Engineering, the colossal and spectacular Golf Club (open to the public on Mondays), Gomensoro Park on the Rambla, and more.