Cultural Experience | Chile

A Foodie’s Guide to Chile

Don’t skimp when planning the meals of your trip in Chile!

 In the storm-tossed Chilean sea lives the rosy conger, giant eel of snowy flesh.

And in Chilean stewpots, along the coast, was born the chowder,
thick and succulent, a boon to man.

–Ode to Conger Chowder– Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s most famed & prized poets– knew what he was talking about when he wrote ode after ode after ode to the food of his country. As he describes in his poetry, it is very easy to have your taste buds blown away in Chile & without breaking the bank.[ 10% gratuity is the norm in Chile which helps a lot.]

This post is broken down by city/town on where to eat/drink. (Cause traveling is all about the food… right?!)

SANTIAGO || The country’s capital has a population of around 6 million. Staying in the Providencia neighborhood gives you easy access to all Santiago has to offer.

Tiramisu— Is it too bold to say that this was the best pizza I have ever had? Pizza in Chile? Yes, I’m serious. The restaurant is located in the nicer area of town (Las Condes) however, the restaurant is not priced that way.  Their pisco sours with basil are out of this world and the Arugula salad overflows with fresh arugula on top with large freshly shaven pieces of cheese. I split a pizza and salad with one other person and was very full. The prices are very fair and I would definitely return here. {This is a local favorite as well so be prepared to wait for 45 minutes.}

Bar Liguria I dined at Bar Liguria twice during my  trip to Santiago. Our waiters were fun and eager to explain to us the different tastes and intricacies of their traditional Chilean dishes. If you do not know Spanish, it may be difficult for you unless the wonderful waiter who speaks english well is available to help you. You have to order dessert here too, so save room! Their traditional chilean dessert of Sopapillas is amazing! If you are appetizer people, the cheese and cured meats platter is perfect.

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El Ancla A wonderful seafood restaurant in the heart of La Providencia neighborhood. They are famous for their Machas a La Parmesana {Mussels with parmesan cheese on top << Photo above. HEAVENLY}. I ordered a bowl of the mixed ceviche which was a massive portion and equally delicious. You seriously can’t go wrong here.. unless of course you don’t pair your seafood with a chilean sauvignon blanc. 🙂 

La Burguesia— I experienced the best burger of my life in Santiago, Chile here. The restaurant is a small enclosed tent outside with space heaters and friendly, young staff with a menu that leaves you pensive for half an hour. [So many wonderful options!] A group of 9 of us went for dinner- everyone ordered at least one beer and a burger (some chose to share as the burgers are HUGE) and our total with gratuity was less than $120 USD. They accept reservations, but only until a certain time and the location is small so make a reservation early! {Try some of the local Chilean beers. You can’t go wrong!}

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Emporio La Rosa Voted as one of the best ice cream joints in the world, this place takes its gelato seriously. There are tons of locations all over the city, but not all of the flavors are offered all at once so don’t go in set with one flavor in mind!

Bocanariz After being in Chile for 8 days, I was personally a little “steak-ed out” (meaning, I could do without a large slab of meat on my plate for every meal). The meal at Bocanariz provided healthy and eclectic options that struck my fancy. Deep in the wonderful Barrio Lastarria, this was one of the most memorable meals as I had the “menu del día” here. A fixed menu/price which includes a small salad/veggie dish, an entree of either meat or large salad, dessert, and a glass of wine. This restaurant is a famed wine bar so you can do a small wine tasting with your meal as well.

Lomit’s We were instructed by a local to visit Lomit’s and I am glad we did. We enjoyed seafood, meat, wine, and pisco sours. Our waiter was over and above in terms of friendliness and service. When looking at the menu, anything that says “..a la pobre..” means that it is the meat stated (“pollo a la pobre”=chicken) along with potatoes, french fries, and a fried egg on top. This is a traditional chilean dish.

VALPARAISO || Easily my favorite part of our visit to Chile. This quaint, eclectic, and truly unique town will capture your heart with its street art & views leaving you eager to return.

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Oda Pacífico— When visiting Valparaiso, you must eat here for lunch. Why lunch? Because you need to see the expansive views during the day from your table as you taste some of the freshest seafood to touch your tastebuds. Everyone in my family ordered some type of seafood (mine was a salmon fillet over a bed of a light  new potato salad) and we were all eagerly sneaking a bite of the others’ entrees. The waiters do not speak much english so if you don’t know any spanish you might have a rough time. Also don’t be fooled… the dessert sampler is a full portion of each dessert on one large plate. DELICIOUS!!! (This is probably the most expensive option on the list, but it is definitely worth it! $$$)

Hotel Fauna— This hotel is a real treat nestled into a cliffside of hilly Valparaiso. Fauna had a wonderful room with a queen bed as well as a double bed that worked perfectly for a party of 3. After a day filled with walking up and down the large expanses of Valparaiso hills all we wanted to do was nestle into the comfy beds with crisp sheets, billowing comforters and pillows. There are no televisions in the rooms so don’t expect to catch up on any movies! We loved this aspect as it encourages guests to explore the city or enjoy the hotel views with a pisco sour on the rooftop bar. {The restaurant/bar should definitely be visited even if you are not staying here as a guest!}  The complimentary breakfast was HUGE, but not overbearing. (OJ, coffee {In Chile a “cortado” is an American “latte”}, yogurt with granola, fruit cup, 2 eggs any style, a cheese plate, & a basket of bread.) 

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Dorité We were lucky enough to have found a local guide who took us to a local bakery & empanada shop where literally only locals go! (Have your spanish ready!) These empanadas were baked and the flakiest I have ever had. Definitely try one of the cheese and one of the traditional pino empanadas.

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COLCHAGUA VALLEY || A visit to Chilean wine valleys is a must on your visit. We chose this valley as it is known for its incredible reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Malbec & Syrah.

Casa Silva Rooted in tradition and families ties, this history filled winery makes you feel right at home. On this tour you will see the grounds of the winery, walk through the underground tunnels that the Silva family has for generation after generation of winemakers & taste some of the best Petit Verdot & Viognier you can imagine. There is also a quaint and lush hotel on the grounds with only a few rooms available if you are looking to make your stay at Casa Silva longer. The rooms are all connected by one long hallway with a large family room style gathering space with plush couches and a roaring fire in the winter.

Lapostalle A truly boutique vineyard and winery that is based on the belief that gravity is all you need to create the best wines and the less amount of intrusion by humans in the creation of the wine, the better. If you are looking for a truly unique experience unlike any other vineyard/winery you will ever see, you should go for a tour here. Although the price tag for a visit is a little heftier, it is well worth it for the unmatchable experience.

Viu Manet This vineyard is similar to Casa Silva in the sense that Viu Manet is deeply rooted in family traditions. However, there is more industrial machinery involved here. Your tour will take you on a horse drawn carriage ride through the vineyard to where the wine is aged and processed. There is a lovely restaurant on the premises where I would advise you to eat if you have the opportunity. The flank steak is flavorful beyond measure and the sides are big enough to share with the table.

Don't skimp when planning the meals of your trip in Chile: A Foodies Guide to Chile

Hannah Heine

University of Dayton | 15 stories

Virginia born, Kentucky raised, and Spain living. Currently living in Southern Spain as an English Language Assistant. A graduate of The University of Dayton with dual degrees in Spanish and Public Relations. I fell in love with southern Spain during my semester of study in Seville & before coming back to USA after my studies I decided to circumnavigate the globe for three months. I then went on another 50 day backpack trip and ended up living in Spain! I consider myself a world traveler, videographer, (striving) calligrapher, and blog enthusiast just beginning to scratch the surface of the adventures life has to offer.


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