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By the time Arica wakes up, it is already what the rest of the world would classify as that time of day that is post-breakfast, but not quite lunch. Although ‘brunch’ is not a known term here, there are places that offer delicious sweet and savoury meals to break your fasting and fuel up for the day ahead.
Even though the name implies that every thing at Cafe del Mar would be from the sea, it also has the word ‘coffee’ in its title, and offers filling breakfasts as well. If you are a coffee lover, they have Lavazza coffee, and popular, hearty crêpes of all kinds, for the person who wakes up with a serious appetite.
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or a cup of coffee, throughout the week, La Catedral Cafe will satisfy your cravings no matter the hour. The setting of Plaza Colon in front of the patio, adds to the casual-fine dining menu of sandwiches, packed salads, pizzas, burgers and crêpes.
This little side street is a bit of a secret to visitors, but once you find it, you will be returning again and again as it offers a selection of cafés, breakfast and lunch spots including Benaki. A very petite, old-fashioned interior to sit in the shade, or sit outside on their patio and enjoy an early lunch with some great breakfast sandwiches, refreshing juice concoctions or full lunch options if you arrive later and let your appetite get the better of you.
A comprehensive menu available before noon gives you almost unlimited options for brunch, and portion sizes will have you taking your leftovers para llevar in a doggy bag for a late lunch. They have the best sandwiches in town, on very soft bread that soaks up the juices, traditional Italian pizzas, or classic egg-based breakfast options available at very reasonable prices, considering you will probably be getting two meals out of it.
Kawri Café is a very welcoming, comfortable setting that is a good option for those whose appetite does not kick in until later, and believe in ‘quality over quantity’ to start the day. Fresh breads and vegetables make up their options of sandwiches, and they are also known for their soft-in-the-center, crispy-edged, mouthwatering waffles. For those who do have a serious morning hunger, order one sweet, one savoury, and get the best of both worlds.