Things to do in Puerto Natales Chile - Why this Gateway to Torres del Paine National Park is Patagonia’s Next Foodie Destination

Cup with Selk'nam imagery at Afrigonia Restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile
Puerto Natales is a small windblown town along coastal Golfo Almte Montt in Chilean Patagonia. While Puerto Natales is best known as the gateway to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, we found that the town itself is worth exploring and features some great restaurants. Read on to learn about food-focused things to do in Puerto Natales Chile.

Hot Chocolate at Patagonia Dulce

Things to do in Puerto Natales: drink hot chocolate at Patagonia Dulce
Southern Patagonia can be cold, even in Austral summer, so a stop at Patagonia Dulce for a decadent hot chocolate is definitely a 'must do' in Puerto Natales. Many things in Puerto Natales close on Sunday but Patagonia Dulce is open for limited hours in the afternoon, an added bonus!

Patagonia Dulce in Puerto Natales Chile

Calafate Sour and Trail Mix at Costaustralis Hotel Bar

Calafate sour cocktail and trail mix at Hotel Costaustralis in Puerto Natales
Explore Puerto Natales' natural attractions by day and retire to the bar at Hotel Costaustralis for a Calafate sour (a variation on a Chilean pisco sour cocktail made with the regional calafate berry which tastes like blueberry). Replenish your energy after a day's hike with a cocktail and trail mix.

A Taste of Chile and Zambia at Afrigonia in Puerto Natales

Facade of Afrigonia Restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile
Puerto Natales features cuisine that you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Afrigonia serves up Chilean/Zambian fusion dishes in a smart casual atmosphere. Try Patagonian lamb or fresh seafood seasoned with Zambian spices and served with African-style accoutrement like banana chips.
Corn and plantain appetizer at Afrigonia Restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile
Such an amazing and unique dining experience! A meal at Afrigonia is definitely a 'must' thing to do in Puerto Natales.
Collage of dishes at Afrigonia Chilean Zambian Fusion restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile

Dinner at Puerto Natales' Santolla

Santolla container ship restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile
Puerto Natales seems to be full of unique dining experiences. We chanced upon Santolla, a restaurant housed in a series of repurposed shipping containers.
Collage of dish at Santolla restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile
It was at Santolla that we got to try Chile's famous king crab and other awesome fresh seafood. We got lucky and managed to nab the last table in the restaurant without a reservation. Definitely book ahead though if you don't want to miss out.

Pizza at Mesita Grande 

Collage of pizza and pasta dishes at Mesita Grande restaurant in Puerto Natales Chile
Popular with the backpacking set and with folks looking to carb-load before or after hiking the W in Torres del Paine National Park, Mesita Grande offers piping hot pizza and pasta dishes washed down with local craft beer. Mesita Grande is a Puerto Natales institution. Make time to have dinner here on your visit to Southern Patagonia.

Craft Beer at Cervecería La Vertiente

Puerto Natales also features a thriving craft beer scene. Stop into Cervecería La Vertiente for a pint before dinner.

The Coffee Maker

Collage of the exterior of The Coffee Maker and a typewriter art project in Puerto Natales Chile
We found that good coffee was difficult to find in South America so we were surprised to discovered an artisan coffee place in Puerto Natales. Another fun thing to do in Puerto Natales is to visit The Coffee Maker for a cup of single-origin drip coffee and fill out postcards to send to friends and family back home from the far reaches of Chilean Patagonia.

Puerto Natales Map of Recommended Restaurants

Check out this handy map to help navigate between all the great cafes and restaurants in Puerto Natales.

How to Get to Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales has a tiny airport with very few regularly scheduled commercial flights. We took a 4 hour bus ride from El Calafate (best known from the Perito Moreno Glacier) to Puerto Natales which included a remote border crossing from Argentina into Chile at Rio Don Guillermo. Part of the road was paved and part of the journey was on gravel. The road from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (a three hour drive) is much higher quality with blacktop the whole way. These two options are your best bet for getting to Puerto Natales and then onward to your next destination.

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Things to do in Puerto Natales Chile - Why this Gateway to Torres del Paine National Park is Patagonia’s Next Foodie Destination
Find out about things to do in Puerto Natales Chile with a focus on why the town is worth visiting as an up-and-coming food destination in Patagonia. Read about the experience dining at Puerto Natales' restaurants like Afrigonia, Mesita Grande, Santolla and more.
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