There’s really nothing like strolling around the bohemian neighborhood of Bellas Artes (aka Lastarria) with an exotic ice cream cone from Emporio La Rosa. This place has both traditional flavors as well as some strange but interesting combinations, all of which are incredible. I’ve also heard the food is pretty decent, but I haven’t tried it (yet).
Flavors that you need to taste (just say “puedo probar xxx” for a free sample):
- Chocolate Basil (Chocolate Albahaca)
- Rose (Rosa)
- Strawberry and Black Pepper (Frutilla y Pimienta)
My personal favorites:
- Strawberry (Frutilla)
- Chirimoya (indigenous fruit – delicious)
Price: I can’t remember exactly, but a 2-flavor cone goes for about $1500 CLP ($3 USD).
Hours: Supposedly Emporio La Rosa is open M-Sat 9:30am – 9:30pm and on Sundays it closes at 2. Despite these “hours” I’ve gone on a Sunday around 4 and the place was open, so it’s worth stopping by if it’s not too out of the way.
Getting there: A 3 minutes walk from either metro Universidad Catolica or Bellas Artes and about a 5 minute walk from Plaza Italia/Baquedano. Emporio La Rosa has expanded and now has other locations. locales such as in the Drugstore, a cosy small inside shopping area on Avenida Providencia and also in the new Costanera Center Shopping Mall. ( to find it just go to the tallest building in town near the Tobalaba Metro station ).
Address: Merced 291
Emporio La Rosa official website: http://www.emporiolarosa.com/