Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
La Huella, directly on the beach, is the coolest restaurant in Jose Ignacio, a favored hangout of actors, models, wealthy business folks or wannabe celebrities.
Located along the entrance to Brava Beach, one of the town’s largest and most popular beaches, this lively place operates as a restaurant for most of the day. Its exposed open-air architecture offers a daytime gathering point and shade for surfers and beach goers.
By night, La Huella comes alive and takes on an another identity after 10 pm. Light groove music fuels a seductive crowd of semi-singles congregating within the inside bar or along the patio and beach. The bar makes a fine version of the capirinha as well as a great fruit daiquiri, accompanied by a platter of sushi or appetizers from the adjacent restaurant’s clay oven.
The famous Lacoste party at La Huella starts the high season. But even during off season, it’s a hot spot on the weekends with its Mediterranean inspired menu. There’s even a neighboring Lacoste boutique offering preppy outerwear and hip local scene.