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Top Choice Microbrewery in Puerto Varas

Chester Beer Brewing Company

American nanobrewer 'Chester' (real name Derek Way) has been at it since 2006, long before 'craft' was a thing in Chile. His rustic but epic countryside brewery – fashioned from shipping containers – is a true makes…
Top Choice Steak in Puerto Varas

La Marca

This is the spot in Puerto Varas for devout carnivores to delight in seriously outstanding slabs of perfectly grilled beef. You won't find any obnoxious rancho decor here – it's all very subtle and stylish with swee…
Top Choice American in Puerto Varas

La Gringa

Evoking the rainy-day cafes of the American Pacific Northwest, this charming spot run by an adorable Seattleite dishes up scrumptious house-produced bread and pastries, hearty sandwiches (pulled pork with cabbage) a…
Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Varas

Costumbrista

This little, unassuming, Chiloé-inspired eatery is Puerto Varas' secret gourmet cocinería (kitchen). It's a two-man, eight-table show among aqua clapboard walls with a limited menu of fish and heartier dishes – a pe…
Top Choice Cafe in Puerto Varas

Caffé El Barista

This stylish Italian-style coffeehouse serves Sur Chico's best espresso from its La Marzocco machine, draws a healthy breakfast and lunch crowd for cast-iron eggs, excellent CH$6800 menús del dia and a selection of …
Bar in Puerto Varas

Pub Puerto Varas

Two veteran hostelers opened this obviously named bar in 2017, finally giving the town what it lacked for decades: a drinking establishment dedicated to drinking (hence the motto 'Drink & Drink,' not 'Food &…
Architecture in Puerto Varas

Paseo Patrimonial

Many notable constructions in town are private houses from the early 20th century. Grab a city map at the tourist office to follow the Paseo Patrimonial, a walking tour of historic homes listed as Monumentos Naciona…
Pizza in Puerto Varas

Mesa Tropera

This wildly popular Coyhaique brewery/pizzeria transplant merges a jovial mix of families and hopheads. It's majestically located, jutting out over Lago Llanquihue, framing three volcanoes on a clear day. Skip the p…
Fusion in Puerto Varas

El Humedal

In an adorable and cozy home perched on a hilltop over town, El Humedal (oddly, it means 'Wetland') serves up one of the best lunches in Puerto Varas with its interpretations of Asian curries and stir-fries, Mexican…
Chilean in Puerto Varas

Casavaldés

Though a bit cramped, Puerto Varas' most intimate, interesting and best seafood restaurant has lake and Calbuco views. Highlights of the innovative menu include divine crab-stuffed piquillo peppers and a long list o…