Wherever you walk in Managua – on the street, at the bus stop or even under a shady tree – you will find someone selling a drink or comida corriente. Good, cheap food on the hoof is also easy to get in any of the major markets – look out for pupusas, a Salvadoran concoction of cheese, tortillas, sauce and meat. Managua also has a surprisingly cosmopolitan selection of restaurants: Chinese, Spanish, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, Peruvian, North American – even vegetarian. Americanized fast food is virtually everywhere, but cafés are thin on the ground and tend to be frequented by expats and wealthier locals. As for picnic food and self-catering, well-stocked supermarket chains La Colonia and La Unión sell a large selection of local and imported food including organic produce. You can also buy a lot of the basics at local pulperías, small shops set up in people’s houses. Fruit and vegetables are cheapest at the weekend markets, when the growers come into town to sell their produce.

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