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
French Toast | Courtesy of Original Green Roasters
Original Green Roasters
Original Green Roasters, a cozy coffee shop, is the ideal place for those looking for a unique touch to their coffee. Original Green Roasters roast their coffee in a copper roaster that is visible from the dining room, using coffee beans directly imported from a coffee farm in Guatemala, and for an attractive finishing touch, decorate their beverages with skilled latté art. The interior décor makes this coffee house special, with its books and plants dotted around the dining room to add to the friendly vibe and relaxed atmosphere.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9 am – 9 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am – 5 pm
The scent of fresh coffee coming from Café Cultura, located just off the main avenues of Providencia, makes a stop at Café Cultura simply irresistible. This is a café which devotes itself to the art of coffee preparation serves some of the best coffee in the capital. The owner, José Mario Carvajal, aside from running this successful café, spends some of his time training baristas, running coffee tasting classes and even teaching coffee preparations internationally. There is a true passion behind Café Cultura and will certainly not disappoint any coffee lovers who step into the café.
What to look out for: Their mouth-watering ‘mokaccino’
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
Providencia is home to Cofi, a little coffee shop which prides itself for its excellent coffees. The staff at Cofi are all coffee connoisseurs and certified by the Chilean Coffee Institute and are ready to explain the differences between each type of coffee. Coffees arrive from all over the globe to this fantastic café, from countries such as Panamá, Colombia, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda. Alongside the coffee, enjoy the food menu which offers sweet and savory delights.
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
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
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.