Gabriel O’Rorke

Correspondent

  • Santiago, Chile, South America

Gabriel O’Rorke is a correspondent based in Santiago who covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. A multimedia journalist working in broadcast, print and online, O’Rorke started her career in TV and has worked for ABC News, BBC World Service, HARDtalk and Bloomberg TV. She treks across the globe but specializes in Latin American travel. You can find her articles in a range of publications, including the Financial Times, Daily Mail, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller (UK), Wallpaper*, CNN Travel and Lonely Planet Traveller.

  • On June 19, 2013
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    What are the best jazz bars in Santiago?

    There are plenty of places to listen to jazz in Santiago, not least in the district of Bellavista. Known as the city's bohemian area, popular with students and party goers, there are numerous bars with live jazz.

    One of the best is Le Fournil, a restaurant-cum-jazz bar with seating pouring out onto three different terraces, bistro style food (like meat and cheese platters washed down with good red wine) and a somewhat unexpected basement bar, home to the Bellavista Jazz Club.

    On warm nights, dinners eat al fresco in the courtyard of Patio Bellavista, whilst the ceramic floored jazz bar resounds with the sound of music. There's a printed schedule each month outlining what's in store each week from Monday to Saturday night.

    With two sessions, one starting at 10pm and the next at 11pm, you can dip in and out as you please. Entrance fees range from CLP $2,500 on Tuesdays, to CLP $3,000 on Wednesdays and CLP $3,500 from Thursday to Saturday.

    Address: Patio Bellavista, Constitucion 30, local 102
    www.lefournil.cl 
  • On June 19, 2013
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    What’s new in Santiago?

    Domingo Feria is a new artisan market in Barrio Italia, Providencia. With stalls set around two large warehouse-style rooms, the products (mainly made in Chile) vary from food to textiles and cosmetics.

    Laura Adrubau, originally from Barcelona, runs Cal Perdiu a stall selling sausages and chorizo which are handmade in Ñuñoa. Cal Perdiu was established in 1945.

    Then there are homemade chocolates, alfajores and bonbons by an artisan brand called Irlanda. And A&M, a stall which sells homemade marmalade and jam, honey and olive oil.

    Masitas Ruhue is a bakery based in Santiago's Barrio Recoleta which brings produce to the market each Sunday. It sells tarts, pies, biscuits, empanadas and bread, all made by people who have overcome physical disadvantages.

    From food to cosmetics, there's Noias, a stall selling creams that were hand-produced in Puerto Varas. And lastly, there are even clothes are also for sale - some of the prettiest are dresses by a German lady called Simone Hohoff

    The Domingo Feria (or Sunday Market) is situated on Avenida Francisco Bilbao 511, and opens every Sundays between 10am and 4pm: www.domingoferia.cl











  • On June 14, 2013
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    What are the best bakeries in Santiago?

    Metissage Boulangerie Good bread is not something that can be taken for granted in Santiago. All too often it's sliced, sweet and soft. So, a good bakery is a precious find. Here are two of Santiago's best:

    METISSAGE: New to Barrio Vitacura this week, Metissage Boulangerie is an artisan bakery run by Chef Gonzalo Miranda Malaree and his two designer associates – a winning combination that means great baked goods plus chic design. Chef Gonzalo trained in Japan with a French pastry chef, and fills the bakery with fresh croissant, pan au chocolat, cinnamon rolls, chocolate sweet bread, as well as various loaves and baguettes. Popular for takeaways, coffee or lunch, the sit down menu includes mini quiches, ham and cheese sandwiches and pate. In a few weeks there will also be soup served inside a loaf of bread.

    LE FOURNIL: Also in Vitacura, Le Fournil Panadería is an established Santiago bakery specialising in rustic country-style loaves. From country loaves to beer bread and bread with figs and honey, there are many different types to try. The large adjoining restaurant next to the bakery, has indoor and outdoor seating, and is popular for lunch during the week and brunch at weekends. Bread lovers can order pate, goats cheese, smoked salmon and meat platters to enjoy with the freshly baked bread. So popular is Le Fournil that they stock Jumbo Supermarket and Coquinaria.
  • On June 5, 2013
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    What is the oldest cafe in Santiago?

    Founded in 1879, Confitería Torres is not only the oldest cafe in Santiago, but in the whole of Chile. Old school style rules with harlequin tiles, red leather booths, parquet flooring, French doors and an oak bar.

    Situated in Downtown Santiago, opposite the presidential residence, La Moneda, this national landmark is favored by politicians and celebrities alike.

    One of the waiters has worked here for 54 years, serving Chilean presidents from Bacholet to Piñera, Lagos and Frei.

    But it's not all politicians and many celebrities, artists and poets have visited, including Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Plácido Domingo and Audrey Tautou.

    Indeed, so many famous figures have dined at Confitería Torres that they have filtered into the menu. Two sandwiches are named after presidents, including the Barros Luco (president from 1910-1915) made from beef and melted cheese; and the Piñera for the current president, filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese and rocket.

    As for the rest of the menu, traditional Chilean recipes reign and plates range from steak with chips and a fried egg on top, to Mama Soto's loco stew (locos are a typical Chilean delicacy, a form of abalone).

    For pudding there's "huevo chimbo" which the menu describes as "the most famous traditional Chilean pudding" and is made from egg whites, butter, cinnamon, cloves and almonds.

    Tea is served every afternoon from 4-8pm consisting of tea, coffee, milk or hot chocolate along with juice, ham and cheese "triangle" sandwiches and the sweet of your choice.

    At weekends, tango dancers and bolero singers take the place of entertainer instead of the pianist who fills the high ceilings with music during lunch and dinner.

    http://confiteriatorres.cl
  • On June 5, 2013
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    What are the best Peruvian restaurants in Santiago?

    Peruvian food is on the up all over the world, and Santiago is no exception. There's no shortage of Peruvian restaurants in the Chilean capital, but you have to be careful where you go or you may end up with acidic ceviche and eggy Pisco Sours. The following three restaurants are very good bets, easily among the best...

    Osaka
    Located in the hip, hot and happening W Hotel, Osaka serves "Peruvian Oriental" food. The atmosphere is buzzy, and the tables are filled by Santiago's beautiful and trendy set. Worth coming for the cocktails alone, they do a great Lychini and Cinnamon Chilcano (pisco drink made with ginger ale). From typical Peruvian dishes like causa (mashed potato with different seafood toppings) to sushi, sashimi and ceviche, the menu is varied and the dishes are beautifully presented. The puddings are also delicious and include fresh sorbets, and the Osaka Volcano which is a chocolate souffle with green tea and melting chocolate "lava". Delicious. www.osaka.com.pe; Isidora Goyenechea 3000; Las Condes

    Astrid & Gaston
    Probably the most famous Peruvian restaurant in the world, Astrid & Gaston chose Santiago as the city of choice to open its second branch after Lima. Chef Piero Vargas runs the glass-windowed kitchen in a shipshape fashion, and well-heeled Santiagueños fill the tables in this neighborhood restaurant. Full, no matter what day of the week, Astrid & Gaston has a slightly older clientele than Osaka, and as though to match the clientele, the food is more traditional also. Starters include a selection of different types of potato causa, or a trio of ceviche. Main courses are generously sized and the tuna and salmon dishes are especially good. The dish of dreams, however, is the chocolate pudding trio, especially the melting chocolate bomb (pictured above). www.astridygaston.cl, Antonio Bellet 201, Providencia

    Cevichela 
    The moto at Cevichela is "ceviches, cerveza y amigos" (ceviche, beer and friends) and that's exactly what's on offer. New to Santiago in September 2012, this is real Peruvian food unaltered for Chilean tastes (as a general rule, Chileans don't like garlic or too much spice). Chef Christian Salvo Machizzga is from Lima, and his aim with Cevichela was to open a typical, informal Peruvian eatery. Corn takes the place of bread before meals (Peruvians don't traditionally eat bread at meals) and there's a surprisingly delicious aperitif of Leche de Tigre with Pisco which comes in a shot glass. There are 40 types of beer on the menu, so it's clear what you're meant to order next! Dishes have fun names, like Mariscos Endiablados (Devil's Mariscos) which is flaming squid, prawns and scallops. A definite highlight is the salmon ceviche with passionfruit. http://cevichela.cl, Manquehue Norte 1732, Vitacura




  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best places for fine jewelry in Santiago?

    When on the quest for fine jewelry, the places to go in Santiago are as follows:

    Stefan Joyeros: Established 1955, this shop on the upmarket street Alonso de Cordova has beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces and wedding rings. 

    Danielle Costantini: Next up is Danielle Costantini in Alto Las Condes, an exclusive jewelers originally from Brazil. The pieces sold here are made in Brazil, and include some beautiful diamonds and unusual pieces like necklaces that pour down your back - perfect for an open-backed dress.

    Casa Barros: Founded in 1910, Casa Barros has three branches in Santiago, one in the Costanera Center, a second in Alto Las Condes, and the third in Parque Arauco. Marks stocked here include Bulgari and Patek Philippe, as well as the signature Casa Barros designs.

    Mosso: Finally there's Mosso, founded by Ernesto Mosso and with no less than five branches across the capital, including Vitacura, La Dehesa and Alto Las Condes. Specializing in wedding and engagement rings, there are plenty of beautiful jewels to choose from, as well as necklaces, earrings and watches for any special occasion. 

  • On May 27, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best places for fine jewelry in Santiago?

    When on the quest for fine jewelry, the places to go in Santiago are as follows:

    Stefan Joyeros: Established 1955, this shop on the upmarket street Alonso de Cordova has beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces and wedding rings. 

    Danielle Costantini: Next up is Danielle Costantini in Alto Las Condes, an exclusive jewelers orginally from Brazil. The pieces sold here are made in Brazil, and include some beautiful diamonds and unusual pieces like necklaces that pour down your back - perfect for an open-backed dress.

    Casa Barros: Founded in 1910, Casa Barros has three branches in Santiago, one in the Costanera Center, a second in Alto Las Condes, and the third in Parque Arauco. Marks stocked here include Bulgari and Patek Philippe, as well as the signature Casa Barros designs.

    Mosso: Finally there's Mosso, founded by Ernesto Mosso and with no less than five branches across the capital, including Vitacura, La Dehesa and Alto Las Condes. Specializing in wedding and engagement rings, there are plenty of beautiful jewels to choose from, as well as necklaces, earings and watches for any special occasion. 

  • On May 27, 2013
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    Where are the best cocktails in Santiago?

    One's view as to what is the best cocktail can depend on one's mood and the company shared. Sometimes, you find you go back and order that very same drink, but it's never quite the same as that first memory. However, there are some drinks that touch your lips never to be forgotten.

    In Santiago these exceptional cocktails include the following:

    Pisco Sour at Olan: This Peruvian resrtaurant in Providencia serves the perfect frozen, thick, lemony pisco sours. 

    Passionfruit Sour at the Ritz-Carlton: More like a sorbet than a drink, this fruity aperitif has blueberries on top and a delicious passion fruit ting.

    Pisco Trio at Sukalde: Why have one when you can have three? The Sukalde aperitif includes three varieties of Pisco Sour: merken (a local spice), rica rica (a herb from Atacama) and calafate (a Patagonian liquor). Read more about Sukalde here.


  • On May 27, 2013
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    What would be the perfect date night in Santiago?

    The perfect date night should ideally involve an element of the unexpected. Luckily, Santiago is full of hidden barrios (neighborhoods) which many people have never heard of or had the chance to explore.

    Here's how the perfect date night would go. Meet in Barrio Lastarria for a trio of wines at BocaNariz. Hop in a taxi, don't tell your partner where you are going, but hand the driver a piece of paper saying "Barrio Paris-Londres". Made up from just a few cobbled streets, wandering through this micro neighborhood is like walking through a film set.

    If you're feeling energetic and it's a lovely evening, walk up Cerro Santa Lucía a hill in the middle of Lastarria reaching 629 meters high and the remnant of what was a 15 million year-old volcano! Today the hill is covered in unexpected ornate facades, stairways and fountains. Reach the top, and you'll be rewarded by a view over the city.

    Next, catch another cab and head to Barrio Concha y Toro, a neighborhood that looks like the setting for Romeo and Juliet and home to Restaurant Zully. Situated in a 1912 mansion, this restaurant serves gourmet food with a Chilean essence. Book the intimate dining room just for two, and start the evening with an aperitif by the fountain in the internal courtyard.


  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Santiago?

    Santa Bohemia When eating with kids in Santiago, the first thing to note is that dinner time is late. Most people head to restaurants at 9pm, so you may prefer to eat out with the family for lunch and have dinner in the hotel or find a babysitter for the children.

    Eating out as a family in Santiago is a great way of broadening your children's taste buds. After all, there's a range of restaurants from Peruvian to Asian, Oriental and Chilean, and many places offer tapas so you have a chance to try several dishes.
     
    There are plenty of children-friendly options when it comes to restaurants. Wander up Avenida Italia (in Barrio Italia, a charming neighborhood within Providencia) and you will come across Santa Bohemia, a traditional Chilean restaurant which is a family favorite in booming Barrio Italia.

    The large menu ranges from classics like steak or fish "a la pobre", which means it comes with chips and a fried egg. Also, there are several traditional dishes like "chupe", which is made with breadcrumbs, fish (often crab) and melted cheese, and is the perfect comfort food on a chilly day. With outdoor and indoor seating, many families sit on the pavement catching some rays, and this is a particularly popular spot for Sunday lunch.

    Desert is a real highlight at Santa Bohemia and there are huge pudding platters to share, which are a chocoholic's dream including chocolate tart, chocolate mousse and chocolate brownie!
  • On May 27, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Santiago?

    Santa Bohemia When eating with kids in Santiago, the first thing to note is that dinner time is late. Most people head to restaurants at 9pm, so you may prefer to eat out with the family for lunch and have dinner in the hotel or find a babysitter for the children.

    Eating out as a family in Santiago is a great way of broadening your children's taste buds... after all, there's a range of restaurants from Peruvian to Asian, Oriental and Chilean, and many places offer tapas size plates so you have a chance to try several dishes.
     
    There are plenty of children-friendly options. La Jardin in Providencia has tables and chairs of all shapes and sizes to fit any family.

    Wander up Avenida Italia (which is in Barrio Italia, a charming neighborhood within Providencia) and you will come across Santa Bohemia, a traditional Chilean restaurant which is a family favorite in this booming neighborhood. The large menu ranges from classics like steak or fish "a la pobre", which means it comes with chips and a fried egg.

    Then there are several traditional dishes like chupe, which is made with breadcrumbs, fish (often crab) and melted cheese, and is the perfect comfort food on a chilly day. With outdoor and indoor seating, many families sit on the pavement catching some rays, and this is a particularly popular spot for Sunday lunch.

    Desert is a real highlight at Santa Bohemia and there are big pudding platters to share, which are a chocoholic's dream with chocolate tart, chocolate mousse and chocolate brownie!
  • On May 27, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Santiago?

    Santa Bohemia When eating with kids in Santiago, the first thing to note is that dinner time is late. Most people head to restaurants at 9pm, so you may prefer to eat out with the family for lunch and have dinner in the hotel or find a babysitter for the children.

    Eating out as a family in Santiago is a great way of broadening your children's taste buds... after all, there's a range of restaurants from Peruvian to Asian, Oriental and Chilean, and many places offer tapas size plates so you have a chance to try several dishes.
     
    There are plenty of children-friendly options. La Jardin in Providencia has tables and chairs of all shapes and sizes to fit any family.

    Wander up Avenida Italia (which is in Barrio Italia, a charming neighborhood within Providencia) and you will come across Santa Bohemia, a traditional Chilean restaurant which is a family favorite in this booming neighborhood. The large menu ranges from classics like steak or fish "a la pobre", which means it comes with chips and a fried egg.

    Then there are several traditional dishes like chupe, which is made with breadcrumbs, fish (often crab) and melted cheese, and is the perfect comfort food on a chilly day. With outdoor and indoor seating, many families sit on the pavement catching some rays, and this is a particularly popular spot for Sunday lunch.

    Desert is a real highlight at Santa Bohemia and there are big pudding platters to share, which are a chocoholic's dream with chocolate tart, chocolate mousse and chocolate brownie!
  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best free museums in Santiago?

    There are several museums in Santiago which offer free entrance on weekends, and there's a handful with free entrance all week long.

    Museo de la Memoria falls into the latter category with free entrance no matter when you choose to visit. Whereas, the Museo de Bellas Artes and National History Museum are only free on Sundays.

    The Museum of Memory and Human Rights (often called simply Museo de la Memoria) is an important Chilean institution inaugurated by former President Michelle Bachelet on January 11 in 2010 in honor of the victims of Human Rights violations during the Military Regime led by Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. 

    Meanwhile, the National History Museum was founded in 1911, and is situated in the former palace. The collection includes everyday objects such as clothing, sewing machines and furniture.

    Last but not least, the Museo de Bellas Artes was established in 1880, and is considered one of South America's leading art museums. Designed by French-Chilean architect, Emilio Jecquier, the Art Nouveau building has a glass vaulted ceiling which is a replica of the celing of the Petite Palais in Paris. The collection includes 2,700 works of art ranging from early colonial art to 19th century Chilean landscapes and portraits. Visiting exhibitions over the years have included Damian Hirst and David Hockney.

    Also in the Palacio de Ballas Artes is the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) with sculptures, paintings and photographs on display (this one is no free, but worth visiting when you are in the building!).
  • On May 24, 2013
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    What are the best antique shops in Santiago?

    Barrio Italia is one of the best areas in Santiago for antiques shopping. Built by Italian and Spanish immigrants in the early 20th century, this area has undergone a boom in the last few years with coffee shops and boutique stores popping up in charming courtyards behind the main street.

    On Avenida Italia, and the roads that cross it, you can find shop after shop selling antique furniture. With tables and chairs pouring out onto the pavement, as well as extensive collections of goods inside, there is no shortage of gems to be found here.

    It's best to come clued up (or bring someone with you who knows a thing or two about furniture) as there's so much on sale you have to know how to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. But, with a good eye and patience to look through the never-ending rows of shops, there is plenty a bargain to be found here. Many newcomers to Santiago furnish their houses or apartments with pieces found in the antiques shops of Barrio Italia.
  • On May 24, 2013
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    What are the best adventure outings in Santiago?

    Surrounded by mountains and with plenty of parks to explore, Santiago is a great city for adventure outings. Head to Barrio Italia in Providencia for some rock climbing, or hike up Parque Metropolitano.
    If you want a "Japanese adventure" then plan a trip to the Japanese Gardens, which were opened in 1997 by Japan's Prince Hitachi. There's a lotus pond and water wheel here, and plenty of space to get lost among the cherry trees.
    Another adventure outing could be renting a bicycle from La Bicicleta Verde and exploring Santiago. There are night, day, rural and urban routes to choose from including a sunset tour down the Mapuche River.
    The mini "barrios" (neighborhoods) in Santiago also make great adventure outings. Among the best are Barrio Paris-Londres and Barrio Concha y Toro. Tucked away in Downtown, both have cobbled streets and ornate houses. Visiting feels a little bit like time traveling, as they are off the beaten tourist trail and retain their untouched charm.