Where to Eat and Drink in Santiago
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
We have resorted to using a knife and fork to locate the best of Santiago's food scene—from markets to ice cream parlors to romantic bistros. Here are a few of our favorites.
Nueva Costanera 4076, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chileans love their ceviche just like Peruvians so it was no surprise when this Lima-based "cebichería" (belonging to chef Gastón Acurio), announced its opening in Santiago. Nestled among swish boutiques on Nueva Costanera, the city's foodies...
Arturo Prat 435, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Housed in what was once a church rectory, this eatery is named for the iconic enclosed amusement park right next door. The theme of the shabby-chic decor is functional recycling but with creative, amusing twists: School desks, century-old park...
Bandera 684, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
A 1990s immigration wave led to a Peruvian-restaurant boom in Chile that continues today, with places for every price range. D’leite nails the important “three B” position, meaning it’s bueno, bonito y barato (essentially, cheap and cheerful). On...
Bandera 347, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
As the name suggests, you can shout your order from the sidewalk and by the time you get to the counter, they’ve already served up your empanadas. Try the time-tested caldo mayo, a house-specialty beef broth that’s a perfect hangover remedy,...
Cirujano Guzmán 39, Santiago, Providencia, Chile
No apologies for screen-staring while you eat or drink here: Insert Coin is all about ingesting entertainment from the multiple arcade games, PlayStations, and Nintendo systems while sipping a novelty drink like a Dive the Tower or a Kong Blast,...
Las Hualtatas 5632, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Glück is a genius combination of café and kids’ playroom. Parents pay for each child’s entry so that the kids, supervised by café staff, can amuse themselves with a full array of toys and games while the parents relax, have coffee, and wedge in...
Bellavista 052, local 94, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
As wine booms in Chile, Barrica 94 is the newest addition to the city's wine bars. Located in the tourist-friendly Patio Bellavista in Bohemiam Bellavista, Barrica 94 is all about La Vid. Interior murals were designed by local painter and designer...
Av. Ossa 2294, La Reina, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Several Thai families run this mini-chain of three restaurants, all located in Santiago. Two of the eateries are no-frills (i.e., no booze, no dessert, no coffee, soft drinks in cans, straws available) and serve lunch only. The third, on Avenida...
Club Hípico 476, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Housed in an elegant old residence, Ana María features one of the most exotic menus in Chile. The Santiago landmark has been serving game—including wild boar, Cornish hen, goose, wild duck, rabbit, partridge, frog’s legs,...
San Vicente 375, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chile has some of the tastiest pork anywhere, and this spot is a great place to order it: in stews, as a rack of ribs, or baked with puré picante (hot sauce–seasoned mashed potatoes). From its humble beginning in 1912 (the name El Hoyo means “The...
Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
This acclaimed ice cream parlor with more than 15 locations (most Santiago malls have one) dishes out every imaginable flavor. Regulars crave dulce de leche, lifted from the namesake caramel dessert. Or try the Chilean classic called café...
Av. Providencia 1353, Santiago, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Liguria is an institution in Santiago. It's the default for meeting friends and colleagues over chilled draft beers called schops, or dangerously loaded cocktails. The bar scene is animated and starts in the late afternoon around happy hour and...
Av. Italia 1439, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The owners, a Swiss-Chilean couple, pour nothing but liquid chocolate. Simply choose the strength (70–85 percent cocoa), milk type, temperature (hot, frappe, or ice cream), and origin: Peruvian, Ecuadoran, Brazilian, or Bolivian.