July 27, 2005
If you happen to be traveling to Chile soon and enjoy ice cream as much as I do, then you are reading the right journal entry. I lived in Vina del Mar for six months while studying abroad and, luckily, got to experience the wonder that is Bravissimo ice cream. Like I said, I lived there for six months, and I probably went to this ice cream shop at least 4-5 times a week. You are probably wondering how in the world I had enough money to pay for so much ice cream - well, not only is it the best ice cream, but it is the cheapest ice cream too. You can buy two scoops in a cone for around $1.50(U.S.), depending on the exchange rate. They also have cakes, cookies, banana splits, and all other kinds of desserts, but if you do come here then you simply must get ice cream here. I would recommend flavors, but they are all amazing, so sample them all.
Okay, fine, I will recommend flavors: coconut, mouse de manjar, or anything else with manjar, anything with coffee, and the strawberry were all some of my favorites. There are two stores in Vina del Mar (by the beach and in the mall, the one in the mall is on the third floor). It is a very casual place, just like any local ice cream shop where you can walk in and order it to go. The best is to go around sunset, grab some ice cream, walk about a block to the beach, find a seat on the rocky shoreline facing the ocean, and enjoy ice cream and sunsets. They also have a restaurant but I never ate there so I cannot vouch for the food, but I'm sure it is good. We would always chose the sunsets and ice cream combo. I believe there is also a Bravissimo shop in Santiago as well. Enjoy!
From journal Hole-in-the-wall info & places in Vina del Mar