Chile

Santiago

Barrio Mapocho

Restaurant Casual

Emporio Zunino

Empanadas the size of your face

Absolutely Wonderful

Why You'll Love It

Since 1930, Emporio Zunino, just outside of Mercado Central, has dished up delicious empanadas. Founded by Italian brothers (Zunino also makes cheeses and pasta), this very old-school establishment is not only filling but fun.
Bring your best Spanish, and keep the pace. Take your ticket, and then head to the counter and wait for your order.

Eat standing up, rubbing shoulders with locals, and take whatever you have left (and you will have leftovers; the empanadas are ginormous) with you. I recommend getting the queso and the traditional meat empanada. The meat filling is unique, made with onions, eggs, and olives—trust me, it’s delicious.

There are (slightly) better empanadas to be had in Santiago, but, when combined with the experience, this is my favorite spot.

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The Details

Address

Emporio Zunino, P.º Puente 801, 8320011 Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Cost

$

Know Before You Go

While they accept credit cards, I’d use cash here. If there’s issues with the card machine, you’ll just annoy the people behind you

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