In Chile instant coffee is popular. If you ask for coffee in Chile you may get Nescafé. According to EuroMonitor, Nescafé had a retail volume share of 73% and retail value share of 76% in 2012. That tells a lot about the type of coffee the locals drink.
Unimarc and Santa Isabel, two giant retail stores in Chile carry a wide range of Nescafé products and hardly any drip brewing coffee or espresso.
When in Chile if you want a cup of real coffee either ask for café café, espresso or cappuccino.
Here are a few places in Chile with real coffee worth trying-
History Coffee in Punta Arenas
The best place for coffee in Punta Arenas is History Coffee on Calle Lautaro Navarro, Punta Arenas.
Inside the café are memorabilia and photos that show the history of Punta Arenas. Most travelers are glad to find this cozy café because of the cappuccino and espresso. Espresso is served inside a clear cup with a cookie and a shot glass of water.
The café has a mix of locals and tourists. WiFi is available.
Café Blanco in Chiloe
Great cappuccino, amazing homemade desserts and super-friendly staff is what you will get in this small café in Chiloe.
Located in the heart of the city on Blanco Encalada 268, Castro, about a five minute walk from the colorful yellow, purple and pink cathedral.
Cafe Blanco serves cappuccino with chocolate pieces on top of the whipped cream. You will also get a tiny cookie with your drink.
Emporio la Rosa, Santiago
Emporio la Rossa serves espresso with a glass of water and a complimentary cookie. The original store located in Parque Forestal is a popular place for gelato, lunch and coffee. The outdoor seating area with colorful umbrellas and short trees is a place to relax with friends and family.
The only setback is the stray dogs in Santiago. They are everywhere. Emporio la Rosa has several locations throughout Santiago.
El Desayunador in Valparaiso
Cerro Concepcion and the Cerro Alegre area of Valparaiso have many coffee shops catered to locals and tourists. One such place with a strong aroma of coffee even from the outside is El Desayunador.
El Desayunador serves breakfast all day long. Espressos are served with a chocolate cookie and a glass of water. The café with rustic wooden chairs and tables is simple. It is a popular local and tourist hangout place. WiFi is available.