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A city you never hear of in a country not really famous – what does Uruguay’s capital city Montevideo have to offer?

It turns out that’s a lot! Uruguay’s humble metropole has about the best balance for work and play anyone can wish for. You’re never too far from one of Montevideo’s many many beaches, nor a café with WiFi at the speed of light. Very humble indeed: you don’t hear the tourism board screaming about having the fastest internet on the continent.

Get to a coworking space in the morning and take the afternoon off for a walk at the beach. Watch the kitesurfers on a windy day and the kayakers on a calm one. Visit a bar in the evening and try out some local artisinal beer. It’s a good recipe for a city that is both strange and familiar. Montevideo is a charming city that never feels as hectic as other big cities in the region.

Feels like a village, acts like a city. Come see it for yourself!


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The Montevideo guide gives you all the information you need to get yourself started in this amazing city. We kick off with the difficult stuff you need to know upon arrival:

  • How to get quick cash without paying outrageous ATM fees
  • What living expenses to expect and how to keep them low
  • Where to find WiFi and how to politely ask for the password like a local
  • What to expect from the local coffee standards
  • How to hustle your accommodation
  • Where to get your socks washed (without losing one of them)
  • Which SIM-card to get and how to get mobile internet up and running
  • How to meet other like-minded people (or how to avoid them)
  • What to eat locally and what to drink with it on the side (bizcochos!)
  • How to get from A to B without pissing off immigration officers
  • What else there is to do besides eat, sleep, (co)work, repeat


The second part of the book is dedicated to specific places for work in the neighborhoods you’re most likely to stay at. We have tested each working space personally and gave honest judgment about them. You’ll find the tested WiFi speed (in Mbit) next to every café, along with our PowerScore and ZenScore. These describe the relative availability of wall sockets and how quiet it is without people tripping over your cables. We have visited dozens of cafés and only put in the 21 most welcoming ones for people who need to get shit done. Tips on where to have a business lunch or date are also sorted by neighborhood.

A novel Part Three gives you some ideas on other places to visit in Uruguay besides Montevideo. Yes, we even found good working spots for you in these towns!


Handiest of all? You get exclusive access to our online bonus material, in which you can find a map with all the businesses mentioned to use on the go. If you have the book already, you have the password to access the online area. It’s at the beginning of Part Two. Come check out our amazing bonus features!
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