Top Choice Chilean in Vicuña


This tiny restaurant run by a Diaguita couple offers up Elqui Valley's most innovative dining. Local ingredients, like quinoa, goat and amaranth, are prepared with a twist, and doused in fragrant Andean herbs.
Chilean in Vicuña

Donde Martita Solar Kitchen

Don't miss lunch at this restaurant 5km out of town, where back in 2000 a group of women discovered a groundbreaking way to cook with sun rays instead of hard-to-find firewood. At this best of Villaseca's solar kitc…
Chilean in Vicuña


A spacious colonial-style restaurant with a thatched ceiling over the patio, a couple of interior dining rooms and scattered handicrafts. This locals' favorite is recommended for typical Chilean food, including roas…
Chilean in Vicuña


This is your best bet for late night eats – otherwise problematic in sleepy Vicuña. Service is warm, the wine list is impressive and there's a good range of hot and cold tablas (platters) along with sandwiches and a…
Chilean in Vicuña

Paraiso del Elqui

Opened by a professional chef, this cozy spot with a backyard, two small dining rooms and tables on the patio serves up regional specialties, no less than 319 kinds of empanadas and good-value almuerzos. Vegetarian …
Cafe in Vicuña

Mistik Coffee

A new-age theme prevails at this airy, colorful cafe run by dynamic Carmen Gloria – think wind chimes, incense sticks and bookshelves lined with spiritual texts. Great for healthy lunches, sandwiches, natural juices…
Cafe in Vicuña


Vicuña's coolest cafe is whimsically decorated with Mexican knick-knacks (the owners lived there for a while) and serves up super-strong espresso, good sandwiches and hosts taco night on Fridays.
Chilean in Vicuña

Club Social de Elqui

Enthusiastic waiters usher passing travelers into this upmarket courtyard restaurant, or into its posh side rooms that are laden with linen and candlesticks. The food is well prepared, though rather bland, and mainl…