The Best Cafés in Barrio Italia, Santiago

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Lucy Pierce

Barrio Italia attracts foodies and design enthusiasts alike. A hidden gem, this neighborhood boasts plenty of independent shops and cafés within its charming arcades. The area has a lazy Sunday-like feel every day of the week, with Avenida Italia, the main artery of the barrio throbbing away. Rummage through the antique furniture, vintage vinyls and books, and refuel at one of these cute cafés in between. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Café de la Candelaria

A peanut butter Cup cake and espresso coffee

Take a seat in this Victorian-themed café that is set upon a black-and-white checkered-tiled courtyard and enjoy your coffee with either a slice of cake or lunch, they have great three-course menu del dia offers. Once you’ve refuelled, browse some of the independent shops that are found in the neighboring arcades.

El Jardín Secreto

Barrio Mercado

Tasty quinoa salad with fresh vegetables & focaccia bread

A café centered around the family, a place where moms can relax while their children are enjoying themselves in the playground. Sit back with a coffee in hand, enjoy a minute of peace and maybe even indulge in the menu del dia, or a healthy quinoa salad.

Café Survenir

In this souvenir shop you will find fresh products and cuisine inspired by the South, as well as the owner’s grandmother’s recipes. If you haven’t found quite what you’re looking for to place on the mantelpiece, you’d better top up with caffeine before returning to the shops along Caupolicán.


This up-cycled bistro brings together the charm of a well-loved garden shed and mismatched furniture, giving it many adorable characteristics. The food here is highly recommended, whether you’re scrambling out of bed for a hearty brunch or you’re visiting to taste the acclaimed best menu del dia in Barrio Italia.

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