Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Valparaíso

La Sebastiana

Bellavista's most famous resident writer was Pablo Neruda, who made a point of watching Valparaíso's annual New Year's fireworks from his house at the top of the hill, La Sebastiana. Because entry operates on a firs…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Valparaíso

Parque Cultural de Valparaíso

This cultural center built from the bones of a prison has a little bit of everything the thinking traveler could ask for. There are excellent murals in the old exercise yards (with practically no chance of getting s…
Top Choice Chilean in Valparaíso

El Peral

The menu at this beloved cafe above Ascensor El Paral is written on chalkboards each morning and typically includes the freshest ingredients from the sea. Pair your food with invigorating fruit juices, local craft b…
Top Choice Chilean in Valparaíso

El Internado

Soaring Valpo views, well-priced Chilean sandwiches and silky-smooth pisco sours make this funky new spot on Pasaje Dimalow a favorite among locals. Head to the basement level in the evenings for art shows, poetry r…
Top Choice Club in Valparaíso


Music-savvy clubbers in their 20s and 30s love this gay-friendly club: the beer's cheap, there's plenty of room to move and hardly any teenyboppers. There are typically drink specials and cheaper entry fees before 1…
Top Choice Chilean in Valparaíso

Chinchinero Sabor Propio

Extremely flavorful and very filling set breakfasts or lunches make this funky 10-table cafe the best value in town. There are also delicious cakes, coffees and empanadas.
Chilean in Valparaíso


One of the best decks in town is found at this hip lounge and resto-bar (with a sophisticated attached hotel). It's a top spot for locals to suck down craft beers, cocktails and wine, and boasts an alluring seafood-…
Seafood in Valparaíso

Apice Cocina De Mar

Just 20 people per night have the privilege of dining in this exclusive low-lit seafood den on Cerro Alegre. The fish is caught the same day you eat it, and the wine list only includes small producers from neighbori…
Italian in Valparaíso

Pasta e Vino

If you want to compete with local foodies, it's worth reserving ahead. You'll be dining on inventive seasonal pastas in a sleek, intimate atmosphere with only a dozen tables.
New Year in Valparaíso

Año Nuevo

Fantastic fireworks displays over the harbor draw hundreds of thousands of spectators to the city each December 31. Book accommodations well in advance.