Eat Pupusas

El Tunco offers many places to eat Pupusas. Pupusa’s are as common in El Salvador as Tacos are common in Mexico. Nearly every small restaurant offers them because they are so common.

If you’re staying at a hotel or hostel, ask the receptionist where is the best nearby for Pupusas. Chances are, there’s a great “Pupuseria” within 2 or 3 minutes of your front door. Pupusas are cooked to a very high temperature in order to be prepared properly, so definitely buy them when they’re hot and give them a few minutes to cool down.

Here are some other excellent suggestions:


Come here for great pupusas, cheap appetizers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike, chips and other snacks, and basic house-hold necessities. There are several lodging options here as well; not only are there rooms for rent with a shared bathroom and a small shared kitchen space, there is room for camping and parking vans or other vehicles. Laundry service is available here as well.

Super Tunco

Super Tunco is a lovely open-air bar on the main road with a sand-filled floor that becomes very lively on the weekends. The menu is loaded with great pupusas, tacos, burritos, nachos, and so much more.

This restaurant and bar is popular with the locals and city folk alike, so it is a fun place to hang out and grab a bit to eat. Good cocktails and fruit smoothies make this option popular for everyone.

Esquina Amigos Pupuseria

Directly in front of La Esquina, this pupuseria is one of the best in town. They are open daily and have almost every flavor of pupusa you can imagine. They offer both rice flour and corn flour.

There are other food options, but you cannot miss these pupusas. Accompany your food with fruit smoothies, juices, or local beer.

Local Beer Options

There are a few excellent local beers that are made right in El Salvador:

Pilsener – Most popular. Great for lunch or dinner.

Suprema – Upscale beer that offers similarities to Miller Highlife.

Golden – Lower quality and cheap. Popular among college students.

There are other local beer options too, but these are the 3 most popular among Salvadorans and travelers.