I’m sure it will not surprise long-time readers to hear that the first thing I did when planning my weekend in Valparaíso was ask for restaurant recommendations. What can I say, I like good food! As it turned out, our meals had a theme: color. We ate at both Color Café and SaborColor, names which make sense when you see the colorful houses in Valpo.
We started our weekend with a snack at Color Café. I don’t recommend the Spanish omelette since we think it gave us both upset tummies, but it’s still worth stopping in for a cup of tea – the list is extensive, with all sorts of flavors and types of tea – and to marvel at the décor.
The word “eclectic” springs to mind. Where else would you see an 80s kitten poster paired with a collection of international currency? And if you feel like something’s missing from the walls, feel free to grab a napkin and add your own stamp with the markers provided.
Even the women’s bathroom gets creative with its sheet music wallpaper and pasted on magazine cut-outs. I don’t know what the men’s looks like – any guys out there want to investigate and report back?
To end the trip, we stopped in at SaborColor. We had some time to kill before our bus back to Santiago, and it was getting dark, so what better way to toast to a successful adventure than with fancy pisco sours? And cake, of course.
I had a ginger pisco sour while Laura tried the chardonnay sour, and both paired perfectly with raspberry meringue. This bar is a really classy place that I would definitely come back to, and if the drinks and desserts are anything to go on, I’m guessing the food is good as well.
There are plenty of places to grab a bite which offer amazing panoramas of the ocean – we recommend Belle Epoque for a sunset coffee – so why head to the coast and miss out on the view?
Well, you can always have lunch and dinner overlooking the Pacific. But all that walking the hills means you deserve a mid-morning break for a cup of tea. And you’re on vacation, so add in an evening pisco sour too. Just make sure that wherever you decided to eat in Valparaíso, you don’t miss out on these colorful spots.
All photos thanks to Laura.