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Top Choice Historic Building in Valparaíso

La Sebastiana

Bellavista's most famous resident artist 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 it's first-come, first-s…
Top Choice Chilean in Valparaíso

Café Vinilo

Vying for Valparaíso's top spot, this eclectic resto-bar is studied, quirky, esoteric and sublime. The dinner plates feature fresh salmon, albacore and other local catches with inventive presentations and delicious …
Top Choice Cafe in Valparaíso

Viá Viá Café

Set below a precipitous stairway and looming three-story mural, this garden cafe brims with creativity and serendipitous energy. There's occasional live music, simple dining options, and a good mix of Belgian beers …
Cemetery in Valparaíso

Cementerios 1 & 2

The city's most illustrious, influential and infamous residents rest in peace in Cementerio 1, where the tombs look like ornate mini palaces. Adjoining it is Cementerio 2, including the Cementerio de Disidentes ('di…
Museum in Valparaíso

Museo del Mar Lord Cochrane

The Museo del Mar Lord Cochrane was built in 1842 for the dashing Scottish naval hero Lord Thomas Cochrane (who set up Chile's navy), but was never occupied by him. The building, a tile-roofed, colonial-style house …
Museum in Valparaíso

Museo Naval y Marítimo

Cannons still stand ready outside this naval museum. Much space is devoted to Chile's victory in the 19th-century War of the Pacific. Other exhibits include historical paintings, uniforms, ships' furniture, swords, …
Chilean in Valparaíso

Norma's

Don't let the name (or the nondescript entryway) throw you off: just climb the tall stairway into this cheerful, casually elegant restaurant for a surprisingly well-prepared set lunch that's friendlier on your walle…
Sandwiches in Valparaíso

La Cocó

Popular with hip porteños and savvy travelers, this sanguchería artesanal (artisan sandwich-maker) is a true delight. Gourmet sandwiches come piled high with fresh seafood (smoked salmon with spicy chorizo is a curr…
Museum in Valparaíso

Museo a Cielo Abierto

Twenty classic, colorful murals are dotted through this cerro's lower streets, forming the Museo a Cielo Abierto, created between 1969 and 1973 by students from the Universidad Católica's Instituto de Arte. The Asce…
Cafe in Valparaíso

Café del Poeta

This sweet cafe and eatery brings some sophistication to a busy central plaza in El Plan. On the menu are savory crepes, pasta and seafood; there's also sidewalk seating, a relaxing afternoon tea, wines by the glass…