There has been so much going on lately that I’ve hardly had the time to wrap my head around it all! (I know I sound like a broken record and say this almost every week, but what can I say, I’m a busy girl!)
After staying put here in Santiago for more time than I would have liked, I finally had some really exciting travel plans! I just got back from a week in Mexico, first meeting my family and one of my besties, Veronica, in Mexico City and then continuing on to the coast for a few days of seriously needed digital disconnection and relaxation.
AND this weekend I’m headed back down to Chilean Patagonia with my roommate Kaitlyn for my third time this year! Perks of living near the edge of the Earth … The south of Chile is my happy place and I can’t wait to breathe in some clean air and take in those infamous breathtaking mountain views. Hopefully the weather will hold up …
We’ll be spending our long weekend in Puerto Natales, Chilean Patagonia’s little adventure hub, and the closest town to National Park, Torres del Paine. I’ve now shared time in Puerto Natales with so many of my favorite people in the world, before setting off on incredible adventures, so needless to say- this little town holds a special place in my heart.
In honor of returning to one of my favorite places in the world, I put together this list of awesome restaurants in Puerto Natales, with some help from my roomie Kaitlyn, who got to know this town pretty well while living there this past summer. (& well, because, as I’m sure you already know, eating is always a high priority on my list). As excited as I am to see the mountains, I’m just as excited to go back to these restaurants, stuff my face, and then blame my unusually “high appetite” on the cold … 😛
Keep in mind that Puerto Natales has become extremely touristy and the prices of both food and accommodation will reflect that. I was on a backpacker’s budget for the majority of my trips, so most of these options are on the “economical” side- yet still incredibly delicious!
Where to Eat in Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia
Carlos Bories 430, Puerto Natales | $$ | Website
We found Baguales our first day in Puerto Natales while wandering around and gathering supplies before heading into Torres del Paine. We were all pretty cold, in the mood for a warm hearty meal and happened to just stumble on by this place. The high vaulted ceilings and crazy looking door caught our attention, so we decided to go inside. Baguales is super laid back, built like an old rustic pub and turned out to be the perfect spot for some nice hearty comfort food, accompanied by an ice cold beer.
Chocolateria Patagonia Dulce
Barros Arana 233, Puerto Natales | $ | Website
I’m not really sure where to start with Chocolatería Patagonia Dulce. I’m borderline obsessed with this café. In my very short visits to Puerto Natales, I’ve already been to Patagonia Dulce 3 times and it will probably be one of the first places I visit this weekend. Who am I kidding, I’ll definitely go more than once. I had some of the best hot chocolate of my life here. It really hit the spot after walking around for the day in the wind and sideways cold rain. There are so many different gourmet hot chocolates to choose from as well as coffee, sweets, and small snacks. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Carlos Bories 349, Puerto Natales | $ | Website
When my parents and I arrived in Puerto Natales we were near starving. It had been a longgg day of traveling and we were ready to have a meal and then call it a night. Thankfully, Kaitlyn knew just the place. She brought us down a little side street, off of the main square, to this little cozy café. It was a real locals spot. They had a healthy and incredibly affordable menu featuring massive sandwiches, creative salads, craft beer, fresh juices, teas and more!
Arturo Prat 196, Puerto Natales | $ | Website
I came here for celebratory pizzas and brews after completing the W-trek with some new friends we’d met on the trail. It’s set up family-style, with just a few long picnic tables and is a really fun place to go with a group and share a few pies.
Manuel Bulnes 501, Puerto Natales | $$ |
This little café (separate from the main restaurant) is where Kaitlyn worked during her time in Puerto Natales. She was honest with me that they are a bit on the pricey side, but everything they serve is made with the best ingredients and considered gourmet, hence the name. I, unfortunately, didn’t get to try this place first hand, but Kaitlyn swears by their unique pastries and cakes.
The Singular Hotel
Km 5, 5 Norte S/N, Puerto Natales Arturo Prat 196, Puerto Natales | $$$ | Website
The Singular Hotel is a few kilometers outside of downtown Puerto Natales, but if you’re looking for a splurge-worthy meal with incredible vibes and awesome lake views, it’s worth the trip. The Singular is an old warehouse renovated into a hotel and guests who stay or dine here rave about their experience. (But it comes at a pretty penny) Still, if you’re not looking to drop bills on a fancy dinner, you can head to the bar for a drink and check out the hotel and its historic exhibits including original century-old industrial machinery.
Bars in Puerto Natales
Manuel Bulnes 370, Puerto Natales | $ | Website
If you’re looking for a late night bite in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, Pampa Restobar is the place for you. They’re one of the only restaurants open after hours in Puerto Natales and serve cheap drinks and unpretentious yet surprisingly tasty Chilean-style bar food- like the classic chorillana.
Manuel Baquedano 719, Puerto Natales | $ | Website
Basecamp is probably one of the most popular bars in Puerto Natales as it’s attached to a popular backpacking rental company and hostel, Erratic Rock. Every day at 3PM Erratic Rock runs a free info session covering the W Trek in Torres del Paine, which obviously attracts a young backpacking crowd. In the evening it’s a great place sit-back relax and meet other young adventures exploring the area, while enjoying a cheap beer and reasonably priced meal. Oh, and try their specialty- make your own pizzas!
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