Eating and Drinking in Santiago, Chile.

Ceviche in Santiago, Chile

Eating and Drinking in Santiago, Chile.

One of my favorite ways to experience a country and culture is through the local food and drinks. I love to fully immerse myself, dining where locals eat and trying any local delicacies while I am in the region. Usually the experiences are successful, as I normally like anything I try. But, the best of these would have to be eating and drinking in Santiago, Chile. Each and every meal or drink I had was even better than I had expected it to be.

Enjoying a terremoto at La Piojera

In fact, one of the hardest parts of leaving Chile was leaving all the food behind. I made my way through as much of it as I could, but with just a week there, I am hoping to eventually get back and enjoy more of the delicious food and drinks offered in the region.

If you’re planning on visiting Chile, here are a few of the dishes and drinks you have to sample before your trip is over.

I have always been a fan of empanadas, but the best ones I’ve had were in Santiago. I made sure to order them any time I saw them on the menu; nothing made me happier than indulging in each and every kind. In fact, upon my arrival home, I missed them so much, that I was inspired to learn how to make them myself.

Empanadas in Santiago, Chile

A fried pastry often made with pumpkin, these flat disks are too delicious to have just one. They are usually had on rainy days, and luckily, my visit to the market was after a very rainy bike ride. These, along with a cup of coffee, were the perfect treat to warm up the day.

Sopapillas in Santiago, Chile

Hot Dog Completo
When I left for Chile, I had no idea how popular hot dogs were. But, when I got to Santiago, I saw hot dog shops all over the place. Chileans love their toppings, so I asked for the most popular combination, and got the hot dog completo. This is not your average hot dog. Instead, it’s topped with mashed avocado, diced tomatoes, and mayonnaise. It’s also known as the Italiano, due to the colors of the Italian flag that are represented as the condiments. No matter what you call it, you must get one while you’re visiting Santiago.

Hot Dog Complete in Santiago, Chile.

The idea of ceviche intrigued me, though I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the dish itself. But, it was one of the first dishes I ordered upon arrival to the country, and I’m glad I did, because I ate it as often as I could. The raw fish cured in citrus juices is prepared many different ways, but each time I had it, I couldn’t get enough. It’s one of those dishes you must try while visiting Chile.

Ceviche in Santiago, Chile

Pisco Sour
Unfortunately, the day I arrived in Santiago, there were elections, which called for no sale of alcohol. This meant that my first drink of the trip was reserved for day two. By the time lunch came, I was ready for my first drink, and it would be wrong for me to make that drink anything but a pisco sour. The classic South American cocktail, made with pisco, egg white, simple syrup, lemon juice, and Angostura Bitters, can be found on almost any cocktail list. Soon enough, it’ll be your new favorite cocktail.

Pisco Sours in Santiago, Chile

Some of the world’s best wine comes from Chile’s vineyards, so I had to make a trip to a winery to do a little taste testing of my own. I headed to Emiliana Organic Vineyards with Santiago Adventures during my stay and was more than happy with the selection of wine there. My new favorite from the day was carménère, Chile’s signature grape, and I made sure to have it as often as I could during my stay in Santiago.

Wine tasting at Emiliana.

Served and invented at La Piojera, the drink translates to the Earthquake because of how you feel if you’ve had too many. It’s made with white wine, Fernet (an herbal spirit), bitters, grenadine, and topped with pineapple ice cream. It’s sounds interesting, but I promise, it’s delicious, and the environment is as entertaining and lively as the come.

A Terremoto at La Piojera

The selection of food and drink in Santiago, Chile is some of the best I have come across in the world, and I would gladly go back just to eat. Luckily, the city offers so much more than that, and there are a million reasons to spend time in the Chilean city. Still, the food and drinks will continue to call me back.

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Comments (23)

  1. Adrienne

    Great post. You covered a lot of the great stuff about chile! Actually going back next week, so I’m definitely looking forward to a lot of these items :).

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks so much! Oh, have some of these for me too, please. I miss the food.

  2. Stef

    uhhh that reminds me so much of my time in Santiago. I really liked the completo and terremoto is a real earthquake 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, I know, now I’m missing it more than ever!

  3. Mary Anne

    Just blew my diet! haha. Thank you for sharing your delicious article. Now we are heading to Chilé

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, sorry! The food is so good!

  4. Lance | Trips By Lance

    No alcohol on election day, that is interesting. I live in the Bible Belt and I’ve never heard of that one. Love that hot dog.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Interesting, right? I thought it was funny to see how much they loved their hot dogs. I had to have one before I left!

  5. Deanna

    Those drinks look amazing. Great post!

  6. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    You hit a lot of the best stuff of Chile! Once you head south, try the chupe de centolla! Now, how many pisco sours did you have in one sitting??

    1. The World Wanderer

      I tried my best to eat it all! Oh, I will have to go back and head south for that. 🙂 You know how I drink, Raulito, I had a few. 😉

  7. Traveling Ted

    Interesting that a hot dog is big in Chile. That makes it a sister city of Chicago at least in wiener ways. Also interesting that there are tomatoes on the hot dog. That is a trait also common with the Chicago hot dog.

    It looks like the day wait was worth it when a pisco sour was on the other end. The good thing is it saved your liver for another day of drinking in Mongolia or a future TBEX.

    1. The World Wanderer

      This is true, Ted! Sadly, I didn’t not get a chance to have a Chicago dog on my only trip there. Guess there are several reasons why I need to return to the Windy City. Hanging out with you is another one!

  8. lola

    OMG it all looks so good but especially the ceviche and pisco sour!!

  9. @mrsoaroundworld

    These sound amazing. Chile is so on my list!

  10. Leah

    I love all of these, especially the empanadas. I always eat them when traveling in Latin American countries just to see the subtle differences. I’ll certainly be trying them when I finally get to visit Chile. On a side note, I always think Chile’s flag is the Texan flag. It’s a seriously close match.

  11. Pola (Jetting Around)

    As you know, I’m pretty obsessed with South America, and food is one if the reasons. ESPECIALLY empanadas. To.Die.For.

  12. Novotny Narrative

    I love this post- it makes me want to go grab a bite to eat too! My husband and I went there a few years back, and also loved it. Great photos you have. Check out my latest post ( – I nominated you for the Liebster Award! I enjoy your blog and following your pieces. xo

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you so much!! The food in Santiago is amazing, and I’m so glad you got to try it for yourself. I’m about ready to head back there, as writing this made me miss it even more.

      Thanks for the nomination! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog. 🙂

  13. ChinaMatt

    That all looks so good. I loved the food in Panama and need to head farther south to experience more of that deliciousness.

  14. Emily

    Great post! My boyfriend loved the ceviche in Peru but I really wasn’t a fan – such a weird texture!! I didn’t know Chile had it too.

    FYI – I’m trying to grow the Chile section of my blog as it was one of the countries I didn’t get to visit, and I’d love a guset post from you if you’re interested?

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