The Best Budget Restaurants in Santiago

La Piojera
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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.

New Horizon

Restaurant, Indian
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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.

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La Piojera

Bar, Chilean, $$$
La Piojera
La Piojera | ©Fermentación Guachaca/flickr

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.

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100 Montaditos

Bar, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Tapas, Beer, European, Fast Food

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!

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Fast Casual

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.

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