Penny pinchers, backpackers
on a budget, broke students… we’ve got your back. Santiago
can break the bank, and when it does, us foodies don’t really like sacrificing the more delicious things in life. You can either opt for street food
, or you can check out our guide to eating out in Santiago on a budget.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Not only do they provide cheap curries, they are by far the best, found in the heart of Santiago in the Bellas Artes neighbourhood. Add a side of rice and naan to one of these flavoursome dishes and you will more than likely be nicely satisfied. Get down early or you could find yourself waiting in the queue.
Sushi A La Romana
Restaurant, Sushi, $$$
If you’re rather famished, head down to this sushi bar in Bellavista for 8pm on the dot to secure yourself a table and have all-you-can-eat sushi and drinks for only CLP$5,500 (around USD$8.75). Bargain!
Bar, Chilean, $$$
This is one of the Santiaguino and tourist favourites, partly for its reputation for the terremoto (a drink made from wine, grenadine and pineapple ice cream) and also for its known atmosphere. This bar pulls in a wide range of people and so it should – as you devour your empanada de pino (minced meat), get ready for more typical Chilean cuisine. Whether it’s a choripan, churrasco or completo you’re after, this is the place for it.
Sandwich Shop, Fast Food, $$$
Pop into this typical Chilean sandwich shop located right next to the bustling Plaza Italia. Popular with the younger crowds, why not top your sarny with some palta (avocado) and spicy ají sauce!
Sandwich Shop, $$$
Head to this buzzing restaurant on a Wednesday night and you’ll be greeted with cheap beer or sangria and snacks, which include mini sandwiches, chips and olives for CLP$800 (around USD$1.25). And at that price, you might as well double up on the sandwiches!
Take A Wok
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Fancy a noodle box? These fresh, flavoursome boxes can be as hot as you like – those that don’t mess around can be seen adding extra ají! The woks range in price from CLP$4,450–CLP$5,150 (USD$7–$8) depending on how much extra meat, fish or veg you’d like. With branches in the Costanera Centre, Plaza Egaña and Parque Arauco, they’re there to refuel you while shopping.
Restaurant, Korean, $$$
Located in the centre of Santiago, this restaurant is a little different – a Korean joint that offers some of the favourites from their cuisine. Just watch out for that big old spicy kick, and make sure you have some milk at the ready!