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.
Café Raíz ex Anay
Cafe, Tea Room, Tea , $$$
Found on the corner of Avenida Italia and Santa Isabel, enter this sweet café where you’ll be greeted by the cheery waitresses. On cold winter days, you can warm up your cup of coffee with a drop of either whiskey or baileys, or on a hot day, why not make your order an iced coffee. The cakes here are delectable as well.
Cafe, Deli, Tea Room, Healthy, Tea , $$$
Among the fairy lights and foliage is Rende Bu, a cool comfortable café that catches the sun for a couple of hours around midday. Whether you’re needing a shot of caffeine or a healthy juice, take some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Both the pink lemonade, and orange, ginger, and carrot juice are a tasty alternative to coffee.
Café de la Candelaria
Cafe, Tea Room, Tea , European
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.
Cafetería Y Tetería ATRIL
Cafe, Tea Room, Tea , Chilean
Bask in the sunshine outside this quaint white-and-yellow building, kids can play on the chalk boards while you natter away, watching the day fly by. It’s highly advisable getting a chai latte here—there aren’t many places that do it and it’s scrumptious!
El Jardín Secreto
Cafe, Tea Room, Tea , Healthy, $$$
If you can find the secret garden, you’re in for a treat. This quaint little coffee shop provides the perfect surroundings for a relaxing afternoon, with pleasant smells wafting, luring you into having breakfast, lunch, or onces (Chilean teatime).
Cafe, Tea Room, Tea , Chilean, Italian, $$$
Visit Barrio Italia’s brand new café—it is an absolute treat. From mouth-watering homemade menu del dias to their gorgeous-looking array of cakes, they will have you salivating in no time. You can even catch a yoga class in this work space, so you already have the perfect afternoon planned!
Restaurant, Tea , Chilean, South American, $$$
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.
Cafe, Tea Room, Bar, Tea , South American, European, Pub Grub
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.
Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Tea , South American, European, Healthy
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.