For many people, coffee is a drink of the gods. Some coffee drinkers rely on this aromatic beverage to kick-start the day, some to stay awake pulling an all-nighter and others drink it simply because they love the flavor. Whatever the reason, coffee has become part of day-to-day life, even in Santiago, a city in which citizens usually opt for tea. Look out for these excellent coffee houses to sample the best coffees in Santiago.
Located in a quiet courtyard inside a modest building is Colmado, a gastronimical creation brought to life by Spanish chef Manolo Aznar and designer Ina Olavarria. Colmado welcomes locals and tourists who are in search for an excellent cup of coffee: with its wide selection of coffees and numerous preparation methods, every coffee cup can be carefully prepared to each individual’s taste. Take a look at the wonderful food menu, which offers delightful goodies, some of which are even suitable for vegans and coeliacs.
What to look out for: Sandwiches with Spanish ham
Opening times: Mon – Fri: 9 am – 9 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am – 9 pm
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9 am – 9 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am – 5 pm
What to look out for: Their Flat White coffee
What to look out for: Their mouth-watering ‘mokaccino’
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Café Triciclo was once a mobile café on plaza Perú, but has since opened up shop on Avenue Italia. Café Triciclo produces a range of locally-roasted coffees, all of them hot and aromatic and perfect for cool autumn days. Because of this little café’s success in coffees, they have now added teas to their menu.
What to look out for: Their specialty pour-over coffee
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday – Sunday 11 am to 8 pm
Faustina is a café with heavy European influences, especially from Italy. When it comes to coffee, the bartenders at Faustina know what is best. The coffee which is brewed at this Italian café is either locally-roasted or imported from Italy, and always aromatic and perfectly flavorful. The menu offers other European culinary delights, bringing the flavors of the Continent to Santiago. Enjoy a fantastic blend of flavors in this comfortable and welcoming café, which offers seating inside as well as out.
What to look out for: The colorful French macaroons
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8 am – 8 pm ; Sat 10 am – 2 pm
Faustina, Andrés Bello 2177, Providencia, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 244 2129
What to look out for: Their delicious cappuccino
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8 am – 8 pm
Café de la Candelaria
In the heart of Barrio Italia is one of Santiago’s best coffee shops, Café de la Candelaria. It is in fact located inside an old restored house which has become somewhat of a landmark in the Barrio Italia. At this café, coffees are imported from countries such as Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, each one with a full body of flavor and a luscious aroma which delights the senses. Keep an eye out for the musical events which take place at Café de la Candelaria.
What to look out for: Café de la Candelaria’s iced teas
Opening times: Mon 12 pm – 8 pm; Tues – Sat 11 am – 9 pm; Sun 11 am – 8 pm
The Coffee Club
For 14 years, The Coffee Club has delved into the depths of the culture of coffee, searching for the best coffee beans – only those which have an international qualification of excellency – to be used for their beverages. The baristas are constantly striving to prepare each drink in the correct Italian manner. Combine this with a relaxed but professional setting and an attractive food menu to get a superb coffee house which must not be missed.
What to look out for: The coffee with mint or honey
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8 am – 8:30 pm
Even though there is mostly only room for standing, the owners of Fix have turned coffee into a drink of the gods. A range of coffees are available here but which always exceed expectations, whether it Is the iced coffee made from cold brew or their sweet coffees which suit the Chilean sweet tooth. There is also nothing stopping the baristas from preparing a coffee to the taste of the customer, so disappointment is not an option at this outstanding café.
What to look out for: Coffee with condensed milk
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8 am – 6:30 pm
Fix, Avenida Apoquindo 3411, local 4, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 2244 8151
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