Chile Food & Drink

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Although much of its creativity originates from its traditions, Chilean cuisine has a significant Spanish influence, also taking aspects from many other countries and is known for its bright and colourful dishes that usually focus on shellfish. For the true Chilean gastronomic experience, be sure to try out some of the Chile restaurants as you travel throughout the country.

If you are a fan of wine then you will most likely be aware of the various delights they have on offer in taking the title of one of the largest producers of wine. Their range splits up into 3 main varieties of region and are as follows:

  • North
  • Central
  • South

If you're wondering what there is to expect from Chile's ingredients then check this out:

Azapa- A variation of an olive.

Chirimoya- One perhaps a little less known but a fruit from the Peruvian neck of the woods.

Maize- Known to most as corn this varient to Chile is a less sweet version though attaining its own appeal.

Lucuma- Another popular fruit to be found native to Peru, that is packed with vitamins.

Ugni Molinae- It has been compared to a cranberry it can usually be found in liquor

Quinoa- Edible seeds that have been a traditional snack for many years.


Some of the top class seafood that you will find in Chile includes:

  • Hake
  • Crab
  • Oyster
  • Eels

Main Dishes

Al Vapor o la Plancha is fish that is steamed or grilled, If you fancy something that can be considered a sin to any diet goers then consider the 'El Completo' it consists of a typical hotdog, mayonnaise, ketchup, guacamole and tomatoes. Manchas a la Parmesana are Razor clams with parmesan cheese melted on top.

If you are feeling adventurous then you will want to try the 'Pyura', this is fished over the coast of Chile and Peru, with its bright red rock like appearance and its infamous extremely strong flavour.


Chile is renowned for its wine and you can get an amazing bottle generally at a fraction of the price of what you usually pay for it. With three quarters of their produce being exported abroad, you soon realise it is in high demand.

  • Cabernet
  • Chardonnay
  • Casa Real
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Merlot
  • Region of Maipo