Chile’s capital, Santiago, is fast emerging as one of the world’s top destinations for foodies and families, and with so many top restaurants to choose from, deciding where to eat can become a little overwhelming. The following were some of our favourites during our visit. (Thanks to local friends who shared their insiders’ tips with us)
Where To Eat in Santiago With Kids
Best Santiago Restaurants for breakfast:
VOP – Very Organic People:
This small cafe in Las Condes serves up fresh, organic and extremely tasty ‘superfood’ breakfasts. Once I had discovered their bowl de Açai with granola and fruit, I didn’t want to eat anywhere else. The children enjoyed their oat porridge and my husband the Huevos de Campo (farm eggs).
If all-you-can-eat buffet breakfasts are you thing head to the W Hotel. Before I discovered my ‘bowl de Açai’ in VOP, we had one breakfast here, on the recommendation of our AirBnB host. However, like many of these big buffets in big hotels, the quality can sometimes slip. I found the croissants and pastries a little on the stale side but the coffee certainly hit the spot.
We were told (by local friends) that the sushi restaurant, Osaka (also in the W Hotel) is exceptionally good, although we never got the opportunity to try it out.
Best Santiago Restaurants for lunch (and a haircut!)
Peluqueria Francesa (‘The French Barber Shop’)
Located in el Barrio Yungay, in Santiago’s old town, is this fabulously quirky restaurant that sits alongside and above a traditional barber’s salon. An assortment of mismatched tables and chairs are spread over a handful of small rooms with doors and curtains dividing the spaces. The walls are decorated with an eclectic collection of memorabilia including vintage posters, gilt-edged mirrors, wooden bird cages and antique crockery.
The menu includes a number of light options such salads, quiches, carpaccios and ceviches, as well as more substantial meat and fish platos. There is also a menu for kids that includes very good hamburgers and grilled chicken. The food is good but we found the service rather slow. It’s best to arrive early as it fills up quickly.
Best Santiago Restaurants for foodies and wine-lovers
Wine bars may not be the obvious place to take children for lunch, but as so many friends and publications recommend Bocanáriz, we were curious to check it out. Moreover, we were in Chile, home to some of the best wine producers in the world. (As a side note, this blog is family-orientated which means meeting the needs of parents too!)
Bocanáriz’s award-winning wine list includes some 400 wines, making the choice almost overwhelming. Thankfully the waiters know their stuff and are happy to offer suggestions according to your tastes and what food you order. We loved the Miguel Torres Estelado, a sparkling rosé that I’d happily drink with anything. To quote Coco Chanel, it’s one to save for two occasions: ‘when I’m in love and when i’m not’.
For licensing reasons, Bocánariz is obliged to serve food with the wine and the menu offers around 30 tapas, categorised by flavours: Iodized, citrus, light, creamy, herbaceous, sweet and sour, spicy, smoked, stewed, aged and sweet. We had (and recommend!) the octopus carpaccio, salmon tartar with goats cheese, ceviche with passion fruit (my son’s favourite), grilled provoleta cheese (my daughter’s favourite) and Wagyu beef stew.
Bocanáriz is located in the trendy Lastarria district and is open Mon-Sat (12:00-00:00) and Sunday (19:00-23:00)
Best Santiago Restaurants for Ice-cream
Sat opposite the playground of Park Forestal is Heladeria Emporio La Rosa, Santiago’s best ice-cream shop, according to our friends who live in the city. The ice-cream is handmade without any additives or dyes and is delicious! Flavours include the traditional range as well as some curious-sounding combos -Chocolate & Pepper, anyone?
Expect queues on busy days like weekends and national holidays.
Best Santiago Restaurants for Dinner
With 54 pizza options, Tiramisu is hard to top for pizza lovers. We ate here a number of times during our visit and found it particularly atmospheric in the evenings with lots of candlelit tables spilling out into the street.
A small playground sits opposite the restaurant where kids can work up an appetite first!
Tiramisu is located in Las Condes.
The Mision Restaurant & Wine Bar
Like Bocanariz, this is not your ‘chicken nuggets & fries’ type of family-friendly. Located in the chic district of Vitacura, The Mision is a place where many might come without the kids for an intimate date or anniversary celebration. However, if you want to eat well on holiday, children are warmly welcomed here.
Award-winning French chef Jonathan Michel combines his love of French and Japanese cuisine with the indigenous ingredients of Chile. Specialities include ceviche and seafood (we loved the fish soup!) and the underground cellar stocks 250 wine labels, 21 of which can be drunk by the glass. Salud!
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