Having likely admitted my (probably unhealthy) obsession with coffee and cafés, I’ve decided to compile a list of my favorite places to get (real) coffee in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. If you happen to be traveling in this region of Chile, you’ve got to check out one or all of these. Keep in mind my love for coffee, so bear with me; this may be a long post.
My first favorite is Fika, hidden near the beach in Viña. This is an ideal place for studying or reading, and I’ve come here several times to attempt my Spanish homework. Fika has two floors and a balcony, so it isn’t often crowded; when it is, you can get coffee to go (which is a rarity in Chile and therefore worth mentioning).
Caramel cappucinos with a strawberry cupcake: heaven. On second floor of Fika.
Another great café in Viña, and much more centrally located than Fika, is Della Fé on Libertad and 6 Norte. Here, I am a bit biased: I made friends with the owner. The first time I visited Della Fé, the elderly owner (a man who lived in San Francisco for several years and is fluent in English) lent me his favorite book in English; the next day I went, he gave me a free espresso and invited my friend and I to a BBQ. The people who work at this coffeeshop are incredibly friendly and 80% of the fantastic atmosphere. Also, they have great butterscotch cappucinos.
My friend in Della Fe.
My last recommendation for Viña is Café Negro Cafetería, off of Ave. Libertad. The owner was incredibly sweet to us when my friend and I visited, and the coffee was great. I’d suggest a mint cappucino if you visit.
Bonus: I visited on National Coffee Day!
Moving on to Valpo! An award-winning coffeeshop that tourists will likely visit (and a place I most definitely have mentioned in a previous blog post) is Café de Iris on Cerro Concepción. I had the Beethoven cappucino and have never been more satisfied with an order in my life; everyone else was happy with their choices, too.
The handmade menu at Iris, ft. their free appetizers (heart cookies).
Last but not least is a coffeeshop I was introduced to today: Café Incontrí. Visit hungry, because you won’t be able to avoid buying a dessert. I had cheesecake, after a difficult decision made while drooling over the choices. It’s fairly priced and located just outside the heart of Bellavista, Valpo’s cute and popular bar-hopping area. I wish I had the address of this place, but you likely wouldn’t find it unless you asked a local anyway. (Oh, the charm of Valparaíso.)