Valparaíso City Amigo: Sanguchería La Joya

On the hunt for delicious delicacies slapped between two freshly baked rolls? Chile is most definitely the place for you. The Chilean sandwich obsession becomes immediately apparent on arrival. A stroll down any city street will reveal crowds of people in badly lit, rustic sangucherías, munching on greasy classics such as the churrasco italiano, the completo, and barros luco. In the past few years however, the Chilean culinary scene has been struck by what the New York Times refers to has the “new wave of Chilean sandwich shops,” where the menu of sloppy, fast-food favorites is replaced with meticulously assembled, experimental concoctions.

“Pleasant atmosphere, excellent food, good and careful attention.”

Sanguchería La Joya, situated in the enchanting, bohemian port city of Valparaíso, just an hour-and-a-half from Santiago, is one of the finest gems to emerge from this culinary craze. If you are foodie dying to savor this cutting-edge take on Chilean cuisine, or just an average Joe craving a juicy, life-changing sandwich, this beautifully decorated, stunning sanguchería is an absolute must.

This unique eatery offers favorites such as the “Rubia del Puerto”: a juicy burger topped with blue cheese, buttered apples with brown sugar, hydroponic watercress, and salted portobello mushrooms. All the sandwiches are composed of gourmet, locally sourced products, slapped between two, warm, homemade buns. Need a cool, refreshing drink to wash down your fantastic sandwich? Choose from a fantastic selection of artisanal beers and creative cocktails. There is no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city than a relaxing afternoon on La Joya’s terrace, a glass in hand, a sandwich on the plate, and a loved one by your side. Head down to Eusebio Lillo 200, and don’t miss the chance to taste some of the hippest, most original dishes the Chilean culinary scene has to offer.