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Dining in Valdivia

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A June 2011 trip to Valdivia by Mandan Lynn

Restaurant Mexicano Guacamole Photo, Valdivia, Chile More Photos
Quote: When we got stuck in Valdivia for a little longer than expected, we took advantage of the time to try lots of new restaurants.

Plaza de Los Rios

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Attraction | "Eating at the Mall"

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The mall food court isn’t usually the first place you think of when you want to get a decent meal, but in Valdivia (and in many of the South American malls we’ve seen so far) it’s totally possible. We found ourselves in the mall more often than we would have liked – it was warm, full of space and diversions, and our time in Valdivia was weird, to say the least, and we definitely needed warmth and stuff to distract us.Platón: This buffet is full of healthy options at a set price. Depending on your choice, you can choose a main dish (a piece of fish or a steak) and two side dishes (potatoes, salads, vegetables) as well as fresh-squeezed juice. Plates run about US$10 and are totally filling a...Read More

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Plaza de Los Rios
Arauco 561
Valdivia, Los Rios

Restaurant Mexicano Guacamole

Restaurant | "Guacamole's: Mexican Food at Last"

Restaurant Mexicano Guacamole Photo, Valdivia, Chile
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Anywhere we go, we scout out a Mexican restaurant in hopes of finding one that can replace in our palates, if not our hearts, our favorite Mexican place back home. Guacamole’s was just down the street from where we stayed in Valdivia, so we were there on our second day in the city.The wood decor is homey and inviting, and the menu includes all your Mexican favorites. It felt a little pricier than the average stop on our food tour, but it wasn't unreasonable.We have a soft spot for fajitas, and these weren’t bad (we went on to have better in Viña del Mar and Buenos Aires). There was plenty leftover to mix with eggs the next morning for breakfast. My peach margarita was a little ...Read More

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Restaurant Mexicano Guacamole
Calle García Reyes 684
Valdivia, Los Rios

Grocery Shopping and Picnicking

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If you catch a nice day, you need to swing by the Botanical Gardens on the university campus. There is a fantastic variety of trees and plants, and paths that wander through the wilderness. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.Packing a picnic means (almost unfortunately) going to the grocery store, which is an adventure of its own.We frequented the UniMarc, since it was near where we were staying. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so bewildered.The store is huge, calling to mind your homeland favorites. When we first walked in, I thought we’d be able to find any food in the world. I quickly realized how untrue this was when I turned down the mayonnaise aisle: shelf after s...Read More

Al Yugo

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Al Yugo Photo, Valdivia, Chile
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We stopped by Al Yugo several times – to lunch, to drink, to play cards for several hours while we hoped it would stop raining outside. (It usually did not stop raining.)They serve only Chilean beers, so Brent had a great time trying a new one each time we went in. I ordered a pineapple daiquiri once that was such a huge disappointment I never ordered another drink there again. It was too much daiquiri, I guess, and not enough pineapple. The bartender didn't look thrilled about having to make one, either. The menu was typical for what you find in most restaurants in Chile – including pachanga (not sure on the spelling there): a pile of French fries covered in whatever happens ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

Al Yugo
Avenida Alemania 250
Valdivia, Chile

Restaurant Shanghai

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We went to Restaurant Shanghai with a craving for Chinese food, but we were rather disappointed. The menu was extensive, as Chinese restaurant menus tend to be, the service was prompt, and the Pisco Sours were wonderful, but it’s definitely not our favorite stop in Valdivia.We ordered the set menu for two people, which came with wontons and two dishes, one fish-based and the other vegetables. It wasn’t bad, just not outstanding. We considered going back and trying some other options, but La Última Frontera won out as our restaurant choice too many times for us to find our way back here to try again.It wasn’t very busy when we were there – I’m not sure if that was indicative of ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

Restaurant Shanghai
Carlos Anwandter 898
Valdivia, Los Rios

La Ultima Frontera

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Restaurant | "La Última Frontera (Our First Choice)"

La Ultima Frontera Photo, Valdivia, Chile
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La Última Frontera was by far our favorite place to eat in Valdivia. We went back several times, despite our general tendency to try out as many new places as possible. If I were still in Valdivia, you could probably find me there right now.The menu is fantastic, full of impressively large and creative sandwiches, appetizers, soups, smoothies, and, my favorite, fajitas (one order is enough for two people, and the guacamole is fantastic). You will have to order from here on the weekends or after about 4:00 pm.However, if you’re there over the lunch hour during the week you’ll probably want to order the set lunch menu like everybody else does. It changes every day and costs 3.000...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

La Ultima Frontera
Pérez Rosales 787
Valdivia, Los Rios

Schopdog

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Restaurant | "Quick Meals at Schopdog"

Schopdog Photo, Valdivia, Chile
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Schopdog, located in the town square, looks like your average fast food joint from the outside, but inside it’s a somewhat different story. The food is simple, but surprisingly good. You can eat filling meals for under US$10. Service is quick and friendly. We ate here three or four times during our stay in Valdivia. We didn't realize it at the time, but Schopdog is a chain, so you might run into it in other Chilean cities, too.Order at the counter when you walk in. There are pictures of all the food on the board, so you can get an idea of what you’re getting into. You’ll be given a ticket, which you take with you and put on your table. After a few minutes, a waiter will come by to take you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

Schopdog
O'Higgins 467
Valdivia, Los Rios