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El Wagón

Almost single-handedly taking on the task of preserving the region's culinary traditions, this rustically decked-out dining hall serves up a fantastic collection of seafood plates, with inspiration for recipes comin…
Cafe in Iquique


Laid-back streetside café without, and smooth Gallic restaurant within, this is the place to relax and let the world traipse by. On offer are delicious fondues, pizzas, crepes and enormous salads with zesty dressing…
Cafe in Iquique


Proof positive that Chileans do enjoy a decent espresso, this classy coffee shop is usually crammed with people. It offers filling breakfasts and lunches, plus sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and waffles.
Chilean in Iquique

Club Croata

Plaza-side restaurant with arched windows, Croatian coats of arms and a clutch of tables outside. It has the best fixed-price lunch on the square – you get three courses plus a drink.
Cafe in Iquique

Doña Lucy

Locals pile into this fussy little cafe for its ambrosial cream cakes, equally creamy cappuccinos, ice cream and freshly squeezed juices. Tables spill onto the hedged courtyard behind.
International in Iquique

El Tercer Ojito

Recognizable by the huge lump of quartz outside, this laid-back restaurant serves great vegetarian and carnivore-friendly dishes. Its globally inspired repertoire includes Peruvian dishes, Thai curries and occasiona…
Chilean in Iquique

La Protectora

Old world atmosphere reigns at this grand always bustling restaurant fronting onto the plaza; the building, the Sociedad Protectora de Empleados de Tarapacá, hosted one of Chile's first trade unions.
Sweets in Iquique


Colorful corner shop famous for its crumbly chumbeques (sweet regional biscuits), the recipe for which is guarded zealously. It also sells snacks such as humitas (corn tamales) and empanadas.
Live Music in Iquique


Huge pub-club with bamboo bars and two floors playing everything from Cuban Pachanga to cheesy ’90s pop en español (Spanish-language pop).
Pub in Iquique

Taberna Barracuda

English pub meets US sports bar, popular with all ages; the two-for-one happy hour (8pm to 10pm) makes expensive drinks (CH$2000) more reasonable. Food, including tapas, is also available.