Central and South America

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile

28 June 2010

WORLD TRIP 2010
Perhaps the most colourful cafe in Valparaiso, perhaps the most colourful city in South America.

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile

Our flirtation with life away from the world of work continues, and we reach South America, our home for 3 months.

Valparaiso was our third stop (after Easter Island and Santiago).

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile

It’s a place of murals, street art, sun-drenched colonial buildings and quirky artisans. Over the last few years it has been transformed from a crumbling port, thanks to a joyful explosion of creativity on a grand scale.

It’s a short hop from Santiago.

Color Cafe seems to encapsulate the spirit of “Valpo”. It’s a lovely little spot with hardly a bare centimetre of wall. All the table-cloths are different, so are the mugs. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the decor.

A little chaos is always nice.

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile

My coffee was ok, nothing great… but I wasn’t expecting much. Even after just a few days in South America, where coffee is frequently referred to as “Nescafe”, I’ve developed low expectations.

But with so many empanadas to eat, I don’t imagine there’ll be much time for coffee anyway.

The tea was served with a metal strainer.

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile

There’s food at Color as well as drinks. If we hadn’t turned up near the end of World Cup match, I imagine it would have been busier (I doubt the empty seats are typical of such a cool place).

It’s in the beautiful old town area (Concepción), perfectly located for resting well-walked legs.

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile

A pretty place in a beautiful city.

Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile Color Cafe, Valparaiso, Chile


Address
Papudo 526
Cerro Concepción
Valparaiso
Chile

We visited on 28 June 2010.

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