Nothing sets up a morning like a good meal and Santiago de Chile‘s breakfast and brunch culture has flourished in recent years. There are now plenty of great options for both that are well worth exploring. Here are the best spots to begin your day.
Hotel W (Noso)
This brunch is a real treat, at around US$55 per head. The waiters are extremely efficient at topping up your Prosecco, which is unlimited and included in the price, alongside a Bloody Mary or an Aperol Spritz. My advice is to go absolutely ravenous so you can try a bit of everything and get your money’s worth. You can start with breakfast, then move onto the seafood and smoked salmon, the salad bar, the meat bar and finally, the centerpiece, the incredible dessert bar.
Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 2770 0000
Take a seat upstairs where you have a stunning view of the Andes – when it’s a clear day and the mountain tops have a coating of icing, it really is magical. A sweet artisan bakery where you can smell the wafts of home baking. For brunch, their eggs Benedict with spinach and smoked salmon are truly scrumptious. Those with a sweet tooth will be in absolute heaven here, as your only issue would be what to order!
Celerino Pereira 1530, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 2226 5679
This artisan bakery should be on your brunch to-do list, with freshly baked bread and freshly ground coffee, what better way to start your morning? Whether you want to top your bread with smashed avocado and poached eggs or want to have it on the side of some scrambled eggs.
Vitacura 9013, Santiago, Chile, +56 9 9280 8484
The brunch menu here is primarily on Sundays from 11am until 5pm, and you have a great choice, with croissants, pains au chocolat, granola, fruit salad, eggs Benedict, omelettes or French toast. All of which can be enjoyed overlooking Bellavista from the terrace, why not enjoy an Aperol Spritz or Bloody Mary while you relax and watch the day go by.
Antonia López de Bello 0118, Providencia, Santiago, Chile (Barrio Bellavista – take the lift in Calle Chucre Manzur), +56 931210017
Found in the heart of Barrio Lastarria is this enchanting café, the décor is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, with vintage furniture and real charm. If you are a Brit deprived of your favorite breakfast, you’re in luck! Not many places can brag baked beans, but Wonderland Café can! Once you’ve devoured a Full English or eggs Benedict, you will most likely be tempted by many of the cakes on offer, some of which are vegan-friendly.
Rosal 361, Santiago, Chile, +56 9 4340 9729
Cafetin boasts a very delectable international cuisine, and on weekends, you can treat yourself to a tasty brunch, whether you fancy something fruity, something hearty, or a bit of both. The waffles with ice cream and fruit are an excellent idea if you’re indecisive! They also have a range of poached eggs and avo variants. What’s more, their coffee is some of the best in Santiago.
Don Carlos 3185, Las Condes (Metro El Golf), Santiago, Chile, +56 9 7587 3839
Café Melba is possibly the most well-known café in Santiago, having served an excellent all-day-breakfast for the past 15 years. Café Melba is particularly known for its traditional English breakfast, but also does other European styles of morning meal well, too. This lively café is frequented by business people, students, and tourists alike, who come for a filling meal in a pleasant environment for a reasonable price.
For feline lovers, this quaint little place is a dream come true in Santiago. Café Rendebu has recently welcomed the arrival of feline friends, making it not only the first “hip” café, but also the first “cat café” to appear in Chile’s capital. Want a bit of brunch to go with your cat? This unique café offers warm beverages and refreshing fruit juices, accompanied by a variety of sandwiches, tarts and cakes to start the day.
Coquinaria is another well-known brunch spot in Chile’s capital, offering a selection of traditional English and American brunch favorites, from eggs to pastries. Morning teas are a specialty at Coquinaria, with a range including old favorite Earl Grey or the more unusual Jasmine Pear Dragon tea. If you fall in love with the speciality teas at the café, you can buy them here to take them home with you.
Coquinaria, Alonso de Córdova 2437, Santiago, Vitacura, Chile, +56 2 2206 5018
La Estación Comedor
In the heart of Vitacura, one of Santiago’s more wealthy and fashionable neighborhoods, is La Estación Comedor. Charming and quiet, this café offers its customers a peaceful place to spend their morning and a set menu that changes daily, as well as an excellent salad bar.
Located in one of the most beautiful parks in Santiago, the Parque Forestal, opposite the Museo de las Bellas Artes stands Castillo Forestal. With its turrets and brick walls, this cozy café has a magical fairytale atmosphere and the upstairs patio is the perfect place to enjoy the morning sunshine and the lovely views of the park. At Castillo Forestal, the menu is influenced by French cuisine but has noticeable Chilean touches, and all dishes are made with locally sourced produce.
Condi is a delightful café situated in the commune of Ñuñoa. For over 68 years, Condi has been perfecting the art of baking and offer a wonderful range of cakes, biscuits and bonbons as well as savory items. Their cafeteria, also referred to as their tea salon, has a charming and traditional atmosphere. Aperitifs and cocktails are another specialty of Condi, offering light delicacies influenced by Chilean cuisine, such as empanaditas de hoja or salted palmeras. Their lunch menu is also very attractive, available from Monday to Saturday.
Original Green Roasters
For quality brunch, head for Original Green Roasters. The coffee served at this stylish café is one of the most flavorsome and best prepared in the city, since the cafe imports its coffee beans directly from a coffee farm in Guatemala. The chai latte is particularly memorable. Customers can also enjoy a nicely presented and well prepared sandwich or light dish with their coffee, as well as cool music and numerous books dotted around the room.