The best breakfasts and "meriendas" (tea or coffee and a good snack) in the city, Chilean charm, but pure Italian style.

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Italy in Chile.

Italy knew how to find its share of the market in Santiago thanks to Café Tavelli, a café and ice cream parlour which opened in the city 40 years ago and becoming a point of reference for breakfasts and meriendas. It's also traditional to go to Tavelli to have "las once" (liteally elevenses, pronounced on-se), which is what in some Latin American countries they call merienda. The origin of the term isn't clear and there are some who use it to refer to a type of brunch which is had between 11 and 12 in the morning. Whatever it is, some cakes, a marraqueta roll (type of Chilean bread) or a cup of tea are always welcome between mealtimes. Right from the start it was the careful decoration, style and elegance of these establishments that most attracted the attention of locals, more used to places without much charm. Today, with 14 cafés spread across the capital, Café Tavelli is now one the best known chains in the city.

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