Bahía Inglesa (meaning ‘English Bay’), with a permanent population of a little over 130 people and soft, white sand beaches, is a popular beach destination for visitors traveling up Chile’s coastline. We look at Bahía Inglesa’s best places to grab a drink or a bite to eat while you’re here.
If Bahía Inglesa is too small and visitors need to be around a little more civilisation, the nearby town of Caldera also offers a number of places to eat or drink. Caldera is less than three miles from Bahía Inglesa, and is a much larger town with a significant port area. Café Museo is a small, quaint café here, serving a coffee-shop menu, including cakes, toast, pancakes, and coffee with a robust flavour. The interior of the café is decorated with vintage posters and newspapers, which provide a cozy and intimate vibe.
Edwards 479, Caldera, Chile
For a different kind of cuisine, Punto de Referencia serves good sushi and sashimi. If sushi is not for you however, their pasta is also highly rated. Next to the beach, it is a good option if you’re looking for something a little quieter off the main drag. It has an outdoor seating area, and the interior is modern and stylish. There is often live music in the evenings, so with a few drinks from their cocktail menu visitors can easily pass away the night here.
This café is in a superb location on the beachfront, although there is not much seating so ordering to takeaway is a better option. It serves classic café snacks and drinks including cakes, brownies, and cheesecake, which are all homemade by the owner and delicately presented. It is a family owned establishment that is well-known in the area (there is another branch in nearby Caldera), which adds to its small-town charm. A great spot for a morning break on the beach.
Av El Morro 610, Bahía Inglesa, Caldera, Chile
A lovely beachfront restaurant, Naturalia is popular for its pizzas, homemade with authentic crispy bases, and a good range of different toppings. You can also find all the usual bar food, such as burgers and empanadas here. Visitors can sit on the outdoor patio, in the sun or shade, and look out onto the water. However, the joint is small and very popular, so it’s worth turning up early to grab a table for the evening.
This seafood joint, found in nearby Caldera, is popular with locals and located in a great spot, just a couple of blocks from the central harbor. It dishes up huge portions, mostly of traditional seafood but some alternative fusion dishes too. The décor is modern and comfortable, with crisp white table cloths combined with tasteful wooden furnishings. There are also a few additional outside tables. Due to its popularity, it is advisable to turn up early to secure a table.
Cousiño 218, Caldera, Chile
Tumorrou is the restaurant belonging to the campsite of the same name. Located across the other side of the bay from the main beach area, it is quieter than most other restaurants, and also more quirky. All the seating is outdoors, where you can sit and eat simple but tasty dishes such as burgers, tacos and seafood. The vibe is ‘hippie chic’ and it is a fantastic place for a slow lunch or dinner in a tranquil part of town, away from the busy central beach.
Camino a Puerto Viejo km 8, Bahia Inglesa, Chile
If more of a snack than a full meal is on the cards, La Casa de la Empanada in Caldera is a fantastic option. There are a few tables inside ‘the house of the empanada’, as the name translates, but the best way to enjoy this traditional pastry snack is to order a few and enjoy them on the beach. The traditional fillings, such as beef, are on offer here, but also some more unusual seafood options, such as prawn or even oyster and cheese.
Calle Atacama 884, Caldera, Chile