What are the best food souvenirs to buy in Santiago?

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Gabriel O’Rorke

It's not strictly food, but Chile produces some of the world's best wine, so a few bottles of red are a great "food souvenir" to take home with you. Some great local labels, apart from the universally known Concha y Toro, are Loma Larga and Kingston Vineyards.

Other favorites include merken, a native Mapuche spice which is great for seasoning cooking. You can buy some lovely bottles of olive oil with merken from Origen Chilean Gourmet. And they don't just do oil, you can also find honey, nuts, quinoa cereal and lots of native products all beautifully packaged either indivudually or in gift packs.  

For high-end deli produce all under one roof, head to Coquinaria in Las Condes. Here you will find everything from caviar to chocolate and cashew nuts (best stop for a coffee or happen to plan your shopping trip on Sunday morning to coincide with their famous brunch). 

There are also lots of independent, low-key organic shops around the small streets of Providencia where you can find organic quinoa, local honey and all sorts of teas you've never heard of. 

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