Caffee con Piernas
While visiting Santiago our Dutch tour leader Andres told us about the best coffee in town. We did not really know what would follow; the he took us to a local coffee bar.
This local coffee bars are named Caffee con Piernas (Coffee with legs).
Of course in these coffee bars they are serving coffee, that is pretty normal, I would say.
But it is the service which is special; the coffee is served by young (friendly) ladies in short skirts
That was a very special experience.
The bars were filled with business men in suit, coming for a coffee before going to work, and a few tourists . . .
When we wanted to see the changing of guards at la Moneda (see tips and videos), we were too early, so there was time left for a coffee, that is how we found this Caffee Bombay near La Moneda, the coffee shop with the most beautiful girl . . .
Och, yes of course the coffee was also delicious. The best coffee in town and the friendly service
This little village is located 60 kilometres from Santiago.
Pomaire is famous for its pottery and ceramics. Everyone in the village seems to either make pottery or sell pottery.
On the main street, Calle San Antonio, there are many shops selling pots and vases and other object made from clay.
The pots from Pomaire are world famous due its ability to keep the heat, they are easy to clean and they are almost hard as iron!
The small factories that make the pots are called "greda" and are often located in the same building as the shop itself.
The clay is taken from a place located 40 kilometres from the village.
One famous souvenir in Pomaire is the three legged pig, called a "chanchito", made of clay. It's said to bring luck to its owner, so I bought two...
Hertz rent a car
I know that lot of people that came to chile in winter time want to go to skiing near Santiago, the problem is that there is no good transportation or is too expensive.
the best way is to rent a car so this itp is for it.
the price is reasonable, and good service, very secure and very reiable.
Fast food like at home
There are several alternatives in Chile: RESTAURANTS, which serve set meals for lunch (“MENU”) on weekdays for a reduced price (about US$2). This will typically be either a plate with a thin meatloaf accompanied with rice/French fries/mashed potatoes/spaghetti (one of these, not all...) and salad. This may also include a glass of soft drink and bread. A 10% tip is expected, but not compulsory. You may find this in big cities, in downtown. But, if you go a bit away from the center of the city, or go into smaller towns, you’ll find that this set meal may turn into a hearty lunch: there is served CAZUELA (a soup with meat or chicken, vegetables, pumpkin and rice), ESTOFADO (a casserole made of meat and vegetables) and other varieties. In coastal towns, fried fish (PESCADO FRITO) and seafood (MARISCOS) are found in the “menus” for the same US$2.
This is only for lunchtime, and after hours (say, after 4 PM) only ‘a la carte’ can be had, and for a price several times higher. Forget about dinner in a restaurant at reduced prices, no matter where you would be. FAST FOOD
There are MacDonalds (cheaper ‘combos’ go from US$1,40), Burger Kings, and others of the same ilk, plus several local versions of them (Mateos, Doggis, Los Pollitos Dicen –“As the chicken say”- ,etc.) which are not bad at all, are quite cheap and sometimes have the alternative of quite healthy food amid all the fat. All the above mentioned have a ‘vegetarian’ alternative for almost the same price (it’s about 15% more expensive).
Several fast food joints can be found in Santiago in a place called “Food Garden”, located in the very centre of the city, in the block bound by San Antonio, Huérfanos, Estado and Agustinas streets. There is a wide variety of food here (Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Mexican and Chilean among others). Also, a mammoth cybercafe with ultrafast connections shares the other half of this building, located one block and a half southeast from Plaza de Armas.
An excellent alternative to all these, is the chain of restaurants named SCHOPDOG: they offer a ‘homemade-like’ meal at anytime of the day (9AM till 10 PM) for prices starting at US$1,60. These offers may include a steak, French fries, fried egg and onion (BISTEC A LO POBRE) and a dessert (ice cream), or a maize casserole (PASTEL DE CHOCLO) made of corn and ground meat and served in a ceramic pot that’s maybe one of the tastiest local meals in Chile, besides being very filling. Schopdog is found in several places in Santiago’s downtown and other cities.
Cerro San Cristobal (part of the Parque Metropolitano) is THE place if you want to see a really nice panorama of Santiango.
On top of Cerro San Cristobal you can see the 14m-high statue of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion. To see her close up and reach the top of the hill, you simply take the "teleferico", an aerial tramway, which takes you all the way up. And a few steps later you feel like you are on top of the world.
I recommend to visit the Cerro San Cristobal shortly before the sun goes down. That way you can take a panorama by day and at night. Don't forget to bring your stative and a sweater, though. It gets pretty chilly up there when the sun is down.
And of course and as usual, don't walk around there all alone after dusk.