How to Have a Jolly Good Time in Valdivia (Part One): It Begins With Chocolate

Valdivia has plenty of attractions to hold visitors' interests for a few days. Set along the Rios Valdivia and Calle Calle, this university city boasts a variety of museums, restaurants, shopping centres and historical landmarks. We were, of course, drawn to its foodie fare. Like most towns in this part of Chile, German immigration has had a huge impact on the flavour of the area.

Step One: Find Chocolate

We noticed several chocolate shops in town, most of them congregated near the Plaza de la Républica along Vicente Pérez Rosales. The large shopfront of Entrelagos drew us into a confectionary wonderland. In one corner a staffer scooped gelato into sundae cups. In the same room was the production facility where a woman prepared handmade creations in the shapes of ducks, horses and trains. We had a look and then made our way to the counter where a young woman dressed in a pretty traditional costume filled a box with our selections. We chose a variety of individual chocolates but cakes and pastries were available as well. They were delicious!

Our chocolate selections from Entrelagos (which translates to Interlaken in English).  The company's family ancestry is Germano-Spanish, however, not Swiss.

Step Two: Eat Lunch

John had his eye on an interesting place called SchopDog since we noticed it the day before so we headed there for lunch. Decorated like a Chileno version of T.G.I.Friday's with vintage 50's American movie posters on the walls and plenty of jukebox sass, it became clear very quickly that everything in this place was designed to go well with beer. We ordered a combo platter and a pitcher of the national beer, Escudo, which came with half a dozen baked cheese empanadas. While the food wasn't great, the beer was cold and we enjoyed watching the wide variety of locals patronising the restaurant. At one point we were joined at nearby tables by a group of uniformed school-girls, a businessman, a very young couple with a newborn and a trio of quite serious university students. It seems there is something for everybody at SchopDog.

It's all an excuse for the beer. This guilt-ridden lunch cost us only about US$13.

Step Three: Afternoon Entertainment at the Feria Fluvial

Some fellow travellers had told us about the sea lions that patronise the fish and vegetable market on the riverside and it was time for us to watch someone else eat for a change. Sure enough, a small crowd was gathered at the edge of the market watching the sea lions. The bigger animals dominated the best spots, defending their positions while the other ones swam along the water hoping for throws with some distance.

Check out the sea lions on the left camped out for handouts from the fishmongers.

We got some great video of this huge sea lion catching fish. A fearless fellow joins him about half-way through the video for his fair share.

In our next post, we visit the resort area of Niebla for some hearty market fare and a visit to two of the region's craft breweries.

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Agness (@Agnesstramp)

That’s the best possible mixture: nice food and a proper sightseeing. Are sea lions as huge as people say? I’m so jealous but I saw a tiger a couple of days ago 🙂

Inspiring Travellers

Oooh – I’ve never seen a tiger in the wild – very jealous of that one! Yes, the sea lions can be huge (and vicious)

Jennifer Beth Nixon

This is definately my kind of day!! x

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

=)

Sarah Wu

Chocolate and sight seeing, great mix.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

We thought so too =)

Spencer

Chocolate, Beer and Travel. Now that’s my idea of a great post!

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

Haha, thanks Spencer! =)

straightfromthecurls

Ahhh! I love this post. I was drawn in by that photo of all that chocolate! I like how it doesn’t look processed. Yum! And empanadas are my favourite.

Sigh, I’m living vicariously through you guys right now. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what great adventures await you. Keep writing, and safe travels! 🙂

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

Thanks! =) The chocolate was so good – we saw the area where they make it and it tasted really fresh…delish!

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