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Traditional Valparaiso Food

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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Valparaiso is complete without tasting the traditional Valparaiso food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Valparaiso to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Curanto: shellfish, meat, potatoes, milcaos (a kind of potato bread), chapaleles, and vegetables.
  • Empanada: a stuffed bread or pastry.
  • Jaibas rellenas: stuffed crab.
  • Parmesan clams: white wine, garlic, clams, olive oil, cheese, lemon, cornstarch juice, parsley.
  • Pastel De Papas: potatoes, butter, eggs, vegetable oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes, meat, cheese, parsley, cayenne pepper.
  • Salmon Carpaccio: salmon, lemons, dill, shallots, olive oil, capers.
  • Sopaipilla: it means "bread soaked in oil".


  • Caldillo de congrio: fish and vegetable broth.
  • Cazuela: is a mid-thick flavored stock obtained from cooking several kinds of meats and vegetables mixed together.
  • Paila Marina: fish and seafood soup.
  • Pantruca: dumplings mixed with vegetable soup.


Main courses


Fast food

  • Perro caliente (hot dog): a sandwich with sausage that is usually served with a dressing like ketchup and mustard.

Street food

  • Churros: are fried-dough pastry-based snacks, sometimes made from potato dough.
  • Completo: hotdog with avocado.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Carmenere wine: a red wine variety which is popular in different countries.
  • Casillero Del Diablo: the largest wine producer in Chile and one of the best in terms of consistent quality and good value for the price.
  • Chicha: prepared from a specific kind of yellow maize (jora) and is usually referred to as chicha de jora.
  • Pisco Sour: a South American cocktail containing pisco, lemon or lime juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and bitters.

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