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Top Choice Steak in Puerto Montt

Cotelé

This quincho (barbecue hut) steakhouse has a long-standing reputation for its meticulous grillmen who honor the meat with Picasso-level focus. Julio, who has been manning the open hearth here through various changes…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Osorno

Cervecería Artesenal Armin Schmid

If you're within 100km of Osorno and a beer lover, you'll want to readjust your itinerary to visit this improvised temple of suds, the South's most interesting craft brewery, located 12km outside of Osorno on Ruta 2…
Top Choice Brewery in Valdivia

Cervecería Kunstmann

On Isla Teja at Km5 on the road to Niebla, you'll find the south's best large-scale brewery. Tours leave hourly from noon to 11pm (CH$10,000; November to March) and include a takeaway glass mug and a 300ml sampling …
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 muffins and baked goods, creative sandwiches (pulled pork with coffee glaze) and …
Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Montt

Chile Picante

Chef Francisco Sánchez Luengo is on to something at this intimate and playful gourmet hotspot that's ambitious (uphill) walking distance from most of the budget sleeps. With expansive city and sea views as the backd…
Top Choice Resto-Bar in Valdivia

La Última Frontera

You'll find one-stop traveler nirvana at this bohemian resto-bar with a vibe unmatched in the whole of Sur Chico. Hidden quietly away in a restored mansion, you'll find a load of outside-the-box sandwiches, fresh ju…
Top Choice French in Pucón

La Fleur de Sel

Basque-country chef Michel Moutrousteguy offers a Mapuche-infused French menu that's well-worth the trip to Termas Peumayen (for the food, not the service), 32km east of Pucón, even if you don't plan on getting wet.…
Top Choice Chilean in Curarrehue

Cocina Mapuche Mapu Lyagl

Mapuche chef Anita Epulef turns seasonal ingredients into adventurous vegetarian Mapuche tasting menus. You can sample such indigenous delicacies as Mullokiñ (bean puree rolled in quinoa), sautéed piñoñes, the nut o…
Top Choice Pub Food in Puerto Varas

La Jardinera

Featuring one of the most eclectic menus in town, the friendly Chilean couple running this cozy spot in a transformed home learned the art of fish and chips, shrimp green curry and – wait for it – warm sticky toffee…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Temuco

Fundación Chol-Chol

The most responsible spot to buy Mapuche gear is located 16km out of town. This nonprofit, Fair Trade organization works with 600 rural Mapuche women to offer top-quality weavings and textiles made entirely by hand.…