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Accommodations are more expensive in Asunción than in the rest of the country, but it's unlikely to bust your budget. As the capital city the full range of options are available, from the super luxurious to the bed-in-a-room type.Eating
Asunción's eating options reflect its cultural diversity: sophisticated local, Asian and international foods abound and even vegetarians are catered for. Carnivores, however, will find the ubiquitous all-you-can-eat grill restaurants hard to resist. Though there are some good pit stops in the center, Asunción's most refined restaurants are in the eastern suburbs, especially Villa Morra.City Center
For typical Paraguayan food, try out the million-and-one options south of the center along Av Figueroa, known locally as La Quinta Avenida, or sample the asadito stands (mini meat kebabs with mandioca; 3000G) on street corners.East of the Center
On Sunday it's best to head to one of the large shopping centers such as Mariscal López, Shopping del Sol or Paseo La Galería, all with food courts.Drinking & Nightlife
Some bars and all discos charge admission for men (women usually get in free) if you arrive after 10pm. Options are limited in the center and most of the flashy clubs are a short cab ride east of downtown. For a more upmarket (and pricier) scene, head to Paseo Carmelitas off Av España.Entertainment
Asunción has several venues for live music and theater, such as the Teatro Municipal and the Estación Ferrocarril; the season is March to October. Large international music concerts usually play at the Jockey Club.Asunción's main shopping malls have multiscreen cinemas. Films are often in English with Spanish subtitles. Tickets start from around 25,000G, but may be more at weekends. See www.cines.com.py for schedules. Shopping
Asunción offers Paraguay's best souvenir shopping. The typical Paraguayan souvenir is a set of matero, bombilla and termo (gourd, straw and flask) for tereré (iced herbal tea) consumption. These are ubiquitous, though quality varies. The ground floor of the Senatur office has examples of local artesanías (handicrafts) from around the country, ranging from intricate Luque silver to fine ñandutí (lace).A small antique market is held along Palma on a Sunday. Travel with Children
Travel with children can be difficult and it is uncommon to find child-changing facilities except in the more upmarket restaurants. Irregular pavements are an issue for prams, and there are few ramps for access.LGBT Travellers
Paraguay is an old-fashioned country, with conservative views. Despite a growing LGBT movement in the country, high-ranking government officials (including the outgoing president) have expressed views that suggest that reviewing equality laws is not high on their agenda. Public displays of affection between same-sex couples are unknown. Gay bars are appearing in Asunción, but on the whole homosexuality is not yet widely accepted.
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