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Valparaiso Restaurants | Where to Eat in Valparaíso, Chile

What can I say, I’m on a Valparaíso kick! Today’s topic- Valparaiso Restaurants.

I recently wrote an itinerary for my idea of the perfect day spent in this vibrant city, but I found it hard to fit in all of the delicious eateries around Valpo with only 24 hours at hand. So, if you only have a short time in Valparaíso head back over to my one day guide, which breaks down my absolute favorites. With only a day or two in the city, this list may be a bit ambitious, but be my guest- give it a try!

If you’re lucky enough to have more time in the city, well then, read on my friend. Oh, and get ready to get hungry.

For purposes of this post, I’m going to stick to the area around Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción-  the touristy areas of Valparaíso that you’ll most likely be spending your time in.

*A note to anyone attempting to tackle this list- make sure to pack your stretchy pants!

Here are some of my favorite Valparaiso Restaurants:

Valparaiso Cafés, Sweets & Snacks

El Desayunador

If you happen to be an early riser (and an early eater) you’ll want to keep El Desayunador in mind. This little breakfast café is one of the only spots open at a decent morning hour and a great place to load up on a hearty meal before a day of exploring Valpo’s many hills.

Location:  Almirante Montt 399

Amor Porteño

This little local cafe and ‘heladería’ (or ice creamery) is known for its variety of ice cream flavors, small bites (like sandwiches and pastries) and, my personal favorite, creamy hot chocolate with churros!

Location: Almirante Montt 418

Delicias Express

When in South America, you should probably eat as many empanadas as you can possibly bear. Fried. Baked. Cheese. Meat. Seafood. Veggie. Whatever you’re looking for- Las Delicias has it. Their menu boasts over 80 different varieties of empanadas. It’s the perfect place for a quick snack while wandering.

Location: Urriola 358
Delicas Express, one of my favorite fast Valparaiso restaurants

Café entre Cerros

If you’re looking for a cozy spot to stop for a quick coffee break, check out Café entre Cerros- which literally means “Café between the hills.” They’ve got a great little menu of specialty coffees and teas, freshly squeezed fruit juice and small bites like cakes, simple sandwich, and salads.

Location: Gálvez 199, inside of Gallerías Galvez

La Dulcería

This adorable sweet shop is not a place to sit and eat, but more a place to visit, grab some delicious homemade sweets and head out. They’re creative concoctions make for a great gift, souvenir, or needed afternoon sugar rush. And a plus- all sweets are made right there in the shop!

Location: Almirante Montt, 658
La Dulcería isn't a Valparaíso restaurant, but it's a great place to stop for a sweet or souvenir!.

Dulce Pols

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss a stop at Dulce Pols. This pastelería specializes in all things sugary and delicious, from homemade muffins and cookies to exquisite cake creations including Chilean classics like “Tres Leches” and “Milhojas.”

Location: Almirante Montt 658
Dulce Pols in Valparaíso, Chile.

Mercadito Alegre

And continuing with Valparaíso love of sweets we have Mercadito Alegre– yet another bakery and your all-in-one-stop sweet shop. It’s set up gourmet deli-style, for the grab-and-go-experience. They’ve got mouthwatering cakes, macaroons (my favorite), chocolates and a number of other pastries. I’m also told they have great coffee!

Location: Almirante Montt 406

More Hearty Meals- Lunch or Dinner in Valparaiso

Café del Pintor

Weirdly enough, Café del Pintor isn’t really a café at all. Actually, if you ask to sit for a coffee, the hostess may just give you a funny glare. Instead, they focus on tasty and affordable price-fix three-course lunch and dinner menus. And the best part- the entire ‘café’ reflects the artistic spirit of Valparaíso, covered from top to bottom in colorful artwork and hand-painted murals.
*’Menú del día’ or daily price fixe lunch available.

Location: Calle Urriola 652, Cerro Alegre
Café Pintor in Valparaíso, Chile

Café del Jardín

This cozy bohemian Valparaiso restaurant truly embraces its secret garden vibe. Even considering its location right in the touristy center of the city, it’s not the easiest to find. If you’re in the area though, it’s definitely worth taking the extra effort to look for, with its incredibly accommodating and friendly staff, generous portions, a flavorful menu and all at an extremely affordable price!
*’Menú del día’ or daily price fixe lunch available.

Location: Urriola 564

El Peral

El Peral is one of my favorite Valparaiso restaurants, and really restaurants in all of Chile. Every single time I visit Valpo, I make sure to make a stop here! It’s tucked away on a quiet cobblestone side street, and their ever-changing menu features traditional chilean dishes with a modern flare. If you’re lucky enough to stop at this scenic spot be sure to try the ceviche of the day or the “pastel de jaiba” (crab pastry)- two of my absolute favorites! If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, their ají sour is always a winner.
*’Menú del día’ or daily price fixe lunch available.

Location: El Peral #182
El Peral is by far my favorite Valparaiso, restaurant.

Fauna

When asking almost anyone for dining recommendations in the city of Valparaíso, they’re sure to mention Fauna. This Valparaiso restaurant is a tourist hotspot for one main reason- its absolutely breathtaking view. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for- tasty food, a kickass location, trendy laidback vibes and ‘una vista increíble’ over Valpo’s hills and port below.

Location: Paseo Dimalow 166

Jota Cruz

If you’re looking for a truly authentic and old-school Chilean experience, head over to Jota Cruz. This no-frills hole-in-the-wall Chilean-style dive bar is located at the bottom of Valpo’s Cerro Alegre hill on an unassuming side street and is a true local haven. Do as the locals do and order ‘una jarra de terremoto y una chorillana.” You won’t regret it. (Unless you’re a vegetarian of course … )

Location: Freire 621
Jota Cruz
Have you ever heard of Valaparaíso? Which one of these Valparaiso restaurants would you like to eat at?

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Where to Eat in Valparaíso, Chile. The best Valparaiso restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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