Santiago, the gateway to Chile, and its obligatory restaurant route, mixes local customs and traditions with global trends.
The capital is an attractive city to visit at any time of year, although in recent times it has been consecrated as an obligatory destination for the sybarites among us, recommended as “best emerging gastronomical destination” and home to a variety of chefs already listed among the top 50 chefs in Latin America. The areas surrounding Chile’s capital have everything needed to keep visitors entertained, regardless of the season.
In the summer, which begins in December, the nearby beaches are located just an hour outside of the Chilean capital. Autumn (March) gives way to the inauguration of the traditional wine harvest festivals in the surrounding areas. Spa and snow vacations take precedence in the winter and the Fiestas Patrias (National Independence Holidays) in the spring (September) set the scene for sunny, artistic festivals.
At present, thanks to warmer temperatures, Santiago has begun to shift towards the terraces and look-out points, offering the best sunsets over the colorful Andes Mountain Range; all of which is enhanced by the gastronomical boom that Chile’s capital is currently experiencing.
Santiago is ready to stand alongside the likes of other cutting-edge culinary destinations, including Lima, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Proof of this lies in the recent William Reed ranking, better known as the “San Pelegrino Ranking”, which lists the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin American. Five Chilean restaurants are now featured on the list and Chile also have the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2018.
The gastronomic offer in Chile is varied. It can be rustic or sophisticated, minimalist or grandiose. With a revolutionary take on culture and family traditions, it looks to recover and reincorporate the use of native produce, condiments and techniques that are still employed by the country’s various indigenous groups today.