Perfectly pulled espresso and heavenly gelato at Café del Opera
Straddling the iconic corner of José Miguel de la Barra and Merced in the Lastarria neighborhood, Café del Opera is a classic haunt for business meetings, friendly encounters, and dealing with serious gelato hankerings. Sharp-looking with marble tile and dark wood benches, the service is snappy and menu short but sweet. The espresso is a perfect match with the homemade gelato with flavors like nutella or local's favorite lucuma, a butterscotchy orange fruit.
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Fabulous French Cuisine on Iconic Downtown Corner
Opera is the only gourmet, white tablecloth dining experience in the Lastarria neighborhood. Location, location, location. On an iconic corner with large picture glass windows, the hum of the city quietly blurs by with the illuminated gardens of Santa Lucía in the background. Inside, the brick interior is understated and peaceful with top notch service. The menu is French with classics made with Chilean ingredients like king crab bisque, seared foie gras over toasted brioche, duck confit, and truffled chicken aromatized with white truffle and stuffed with shaved black truffle. For dessert, you can't beat the crepes suzette, prepared at the table. Excellent wine list.
Merced 395 (corner José Miguel de la Barra), Santiago Centro Phone: 56 (2) 2664 3048