Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in La Serena


An excellent beachfront location, art-covered walls and a smooth soundtrack are the foundations for this laid-back but elegant seafood restaurant. Good value set lunches, a wide menu and carefully prepared sushi pla…
Museum in La Serena

Museo Histórico Casa Gabriel González Videla

Although richly stocked with general historical artifacts, this two-story museum in an 18th-century mansion concentrates on one of La Serena's best-known (and most controversial) sons. González Videla was Chile's pr…
Museum in La Serena

Museo Arqueológico

Inside a crescent-shaped building with a leafy patio, this museum makes an ambitious attempt to corral Chile's pre-Columbian past. Its highlights include an Atacameña mummy, a hefty 2.5m-high moai (large anthropomor…
Observatory in La Serena

Observatorio Turístico Collowara

This shiny new observatory is built for tourists; no serious interstellar research is conducted here, but the facility boasts a 40cm telescope for stargazing. Book at the ticket office in nearby Andacollo, and inqui…
Parrilla in La Serena

Donde El Guatón

El Guatón prepares sizzling parrilladas (grilled meats) right before your hungry eyes. The characterful dining area is hung with flowers and chandeliers made from old bicycle wheels. The weekday set lunch menu is gr…
Bar in La Serena

Cafe W

With a large wooden deck overlooking a relatively quiet street, this is a great stop for coffee and to recharge the batteries. There are some yummy cakes on offer too, and a good range of sandwiches. Turns into a li…
International in La Serena

El Santo

Perched up on a hillside, this large indoor/outdoor setup serves up some tasty pizzas along with some of the best steak dishes in town. A range of craft beers and a small but well-selected wine list are also on offe…
International in La Serena


With several side rooms looking onto the inner courtyard with a giant palm tree, this old casona serves up good value meat and seafood dishes, a range of healthy sandwiches and live music on some nights.
Restaurant in La Serena

El Nuevo Peregrino

This cool little corner restaurant and bar serves up down-home mainstays and sandwiches in a series of colorful rooms, and stays open late on weekends, when the music gets loud and cocktails and wine flow.
Vegetarian in La Serena


A short walk from the plaza, this little vegetarian oasis serves some fantastic set lunches, delicious fresh juices and innovative sandwiches and salads in a shady garden setting or laid-back dining room.