South America is famed for its lush, green coffee regions producing some of the world’s best coffee. But far from these beautiful pastures and located deep in the driest place on earth
, Iquique provides an eclectic mix of cafes that not only serve fantastic coffee, but in a unique, enjoyable atmosphere as well.
Cafe Carpe Diem
Do as the same suggests and seize the day at Cafe Carpe Diem with a delicious cup of Chilean coffee and breakfast in the center of town. Located on the bustling little side streets of Iquique, this cafe is also just a short walk to the Torre de Reloj.
Bakery, Cafe, $$$
One of the best budget places to stay in Iquique also features one of the best places to grab a cup of coffee. A tiny little opening next to the hostel’s entrance, it offers great pastries, treats, tarts, and a large cup of frothy coffee. A petite patio allows customers to sit in the sun, or a bar to sit and surf the web on complimentary WiFi.
Bar at Backpacker’s Cafe | Will Lees / © Culture Trip
Restaurant, Cafe, Pub Grub, $$$
Between the central plaza and Tarapaca Street is a pedestrian walkway that provides a number of great little patios and cafes with umbrellas for shade, with Cafe Vizzio located on the corner. Enjoy a variety of stacked, mouthwatering Chilean style sandwiches, fluffy crepes drizzled with an assortment of sauces, hot chocolates, treats, coffees and teas indoors or outside.
Hearty Sandwiches at Cafe Vizzio | Courtesy of Cafe Vizzio
Hostel El Bajo Cafe
Look for the green, yellow, and red sign of Marley Cafe at Hostel El Bajo or you might walk past it. Another hostel featuring a great cafe, enjoy a strong, profound -yet smooth- coffee at Hostel El Bajo’s Marley Cafe.
Marley Coffee Firdaus
Cafe, Bakery, $$$
Some of the most famous, common, and quality cups of coffee available all over Chile come courtesy of Marley Coffee. Marley Coffee Firdaus on the corner of Libertad and Vivar has patios on either side of the corner to enjoy a nice rush of caffeine. If it’s too hot, head inside for a refreshing cold beverage and a sugary treat.
Marley Coffee Firdaus’ Beach View | Will Lees / © Culture Trip
Tayr Coffee Shop
An urban, trendy take on the new age coffee shop serving healthy food and great coffee while offering refuge for digital nomads making Tayr their office for the day. Grab a wrap or panini and another frothy coffee before getting back to work, but remember to slow down, as many patrons here rarely get things ‘to go’.
Cafeteria y Pasteleria Muselina
Satisfy that sweet tooth at a cafe offering desserts and treats rivaling high end restaurants, with a range of cheesecakes, fruity pies and lemon tarts. Their coffee is nothing to turn your nose up at either! This cafe remains traditional with its old architecture, checkered table clothes and decor, and the recipes have stood the test of time as well.