“Give back” they say.
Pretty simple and powerful, right?
It’s kind of what I’ve thought when I’ve realised that it’s been more than 7 months since I moved to Santiago to join the Start-up Chile community, and that there is stuff that I could “give back” in terms of tips and advices on the life here.
Especially now that I’m finally meeting the members of Start-up Chile Gen11 and Gen12 (welcome guys!) I can see in them the same funny struggle I had while trying to settle down in Santiago: “it’s so european and still so different from what I’ve ever experienced”.
The hardest struggles are actually caused by the simplest things: here it’s not so immediate to find those daily references that enable entrepreneurs to keep pushing the boundaries and to focus on the projects that they are carrying on, instead of focusing on trying to find good coffee.
Therefore, I’ve thought to list here some of these international references for entrepreneurs, innovators and aventureros de la vida who have for some reason ended up living in Santiago de Chile.
If you have some other link or useful info to share, please post it in the comments or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll add it to the post!
1. (Good) Coffee
The most different companies are universally united by this common denominator: there’s always at least one coffee-addicted member of the team whose sales/code/designs/whatever will simply not be delivered properly unless someone brings him/her good coffee. ASAP please.
I know you’ve gone to the closest supermarket and you’ve ended up depressingly staring at Nescafé/soluble stuff. I feel you, we’ve all been there.
But no worries. We got this!
You can buy real coffee at Jumbo (if you’re using a moka pot, the type of coffee you search for is the “molido”). You can find Jumbo in the Costanera Center (open everyday, from 8.30 am to 10 pm) or check here for other locations.
If, instead, you aim to buy coffee beans, please check this list of places where you can get it.
But you can also get good coffee comfortably sitting in a café. Here there’s a list of the best spots in Santiago:
Fix Cafè (thank you @Diego)
Espresso Capitale Coffee Shop (thank you @Raul)
For some pretty extraordinary reviews and some further info about these places, please check this link.
2. Free wifi Spots
AKA: alternative offices and work-from places.
Here there’s a (massive) list of cafè with Wifi in Santiago, but if you want my humble suggestions on where to go to work check the list below.
One of the coolest cafes I’ve found in Santiago, extremely modern and international. Wifi is good and food too!
Impressively good wifi (perfect Skype calls with video, not even one issue) and very good food. Both breakfasts (national and internationals) and sandwiches are very good, same for salads. Definitely a handy spot!
It’s one of the places where you will get not only the healthiest and more natural food ever (you have to try the juices and have a brunch there!), but you will be able to benefit of great wifi and a quiet spot where to work from during the day. It gets a little bit crowded around lunch time, but in the afternoon it gets peaceful again.
Address: Padre Mariano 125 – metro: Pedro de Valdivia.
On the most beautiful and relaxing spots for working. Located in the middle of the Parque Bustamante, it allows you to work with good wifi while enjoying the view on the park, its trees and fountains.
There’s actually a second one, located in Providencia.
Hint: do not order coffee there. Great location, awesome spot where to work from, but no good coffee yet!
3. Good/healthy (and vegetarian-friendly) restaurants
I’m not going to be rambling here, I know it’s a matter of taste and I will just leave here my three favourite restaurants where to get good, fresh food:
Delicious vegetarian place. The variety of options is immense, and if you don’t feel like choosing just go for the menu of the day. You can’t possibly end up disappointed, ever.
Kind of an hidden spot, but definitely a great one. From the checked table cloth to the atmosphere, you will really feel like home.
Great, fresh sushi, delicious juices and a great variety of combinations between the Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
You can find a further list of healthy and vegan/vegetarian-friendly places here.
Last but not least, a special mention goes to Buffalo Waffles, the perfect high-quality cheap eat place close to Lastarria. (thank you @Layla)
4. Where to buy really good and cheap vegetables and fruit
If you don’t want (like many of us) to go to Jumbo to buy vegetables and fruits, you will have to go for the best option you have: La Vega market.
Cheap, delicious stuff, and a massive variety of options – you will actually find the 4% of the entire Chile’s horticultural market there. Yes, you will also be staring at some fruits of vegetables that you have never seen before.