Landmark n° 3: La Piojera

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Landmark n°3. La Piojera

Landmark n°3. La Piojera
Landmark n°3. La Piojera

Iconic bar and restaurant located on Ayllavilu street (old Chinatown) considered by many as “The Popular Palace” since here you can still find examples of Chilean gastronomy, iconography and popular culture. Its origin dates to the late 1800s when it was known as “Restaurant Santiago Viejo” (Old Santiago Restaurant). The celebrity of this establishment was born when then President Arturo Alessandri Palma visited this place and loudly exclaimed: “How could you bring me to this Piojera?”. A “Piojera” is literally a place ridden with lice. Ever since, the place took this name and became “Bar La Piojera” where people could find folk traditions rooted in republican sentiment and “chilenidad”, also known as “Huachaca Culture”. Every year the restaurant hosts a summit where they choose a king and a queen, who are committed to maintain the traditions of the “Huachaca Culture”.

One of the most popular drink in this bar is the famous “Terremoto” (Earthquake), an alcoholic drink made of unfiltered white wine (pipeño), accompanied by pineapple ice cream, fernet and grenadine.


If you dare to drink an earthquake, you risk feeling the aftershock!!


Aillavilú 1030

Admission  Free


Mondays through Saturdays, 12:00pm to 12:00 a.m.

Sundays closed.


Access for people with reduced mobility and adapted toilets.

Wi-Fi for costumers.

Photography allowed.

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