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Top Choice Chilean in Castro

Cazador

Formerly known as the excellent and innovative Mar y Canela, the restaurant's same chef – and her wine-savvy new partner – have actually managed to improve this groundbreaking palafito bistro which now specializes i…
Top Choice Church in Castro

Iglesia San Francisco de Castro

Italian Eduardo Provasoli chose a marriage of neo-Gothic and classical architecture in his design for the elaborate Iglesia San Francisco, one of Chiloé's Unesco gems and finished in 1912 to replace an earlier churc…
Top Choice Fusion in Castro

Rucalaf Putemún

In tiny Putamún (7km outside Castro on the way to the Peninsula de Rilán and Dalcahue) is one of Chiloé's destination restaurants. In a colorful and cozy cabin-like room, scrumptious contemporary Chilean fare – exce…
Top Choice Cafe in Castro

Palafito Patagonia

This wonderful cafe-gallery takes coffee very seriously – Intelligentsia and Blue Bottle are served, two of North America's best, along with Santiago-roasted Lama and We Are Four – and is a pristine spot for a caffe…
Chilean in Castro

Restaurant Travesía

Two locals (a historian and a chef) are behind Castro's most authentic restaurant. Its lengthy menu features resurrected island recipes transformed into gourmet Chilote cuisine that leans heavily on staunchly local …
Sandwiches in Castro

Sanguche Patito

There's a whole lotta culinary love coming out of this divey sandwich joint near the municipal bus terminal. You choose your base (chicken, beef, pork, smoked pork or mushrooms), then build your own sandwich by choo…
Church in Castro

Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Gracia de Nercón

Just 4km south of Castro is another of Chiloe's Unesco-recognized churches, restored in 2012. Built from cypress and larch wood between 1887 and 1888, its prominent 25m tower can be viewed from Ruta 5. Of note in th…
Craft Beer in Castro

Pioneras Casa Cervecera

True to its name, two pioneering local female brewers opened Castro's first craft brewpub, a supremely cozy retreat in Nercón. The 11 varieties on tap are all brewed in-house, while the bottle menu includes US brews…
Chilean in Castro

Hostalomera

This arty lunch spot offers three exceptional home-cooked set-menu choices per day, including an appetizer and juice. An à la carte menu (mains CH$4500 to CH$5500) of Chileanized pastas like ravioli with cochayuyo (…
Chilean in Castro

Mercadito

This wonderfully whimsical spot is one of Castro's havens for gastronomes. Creative takes calling on the wares of local farmers produce outstanding dishes, from tuna with potato and yellow-pepper puree to coriander-…