Located just a half hour outside Santiago, the village of Pomaire is a nice little escape from the city. It’s famous for pottery and authentic Chilean food, and most of what’s worth seeing is along a five block stretch of the main road in town. It’s super touristy, but still charming and pleasant enough to enjoy a nice afternoon.
The road is filled with pottery and craft shops with restaurants scattered in between, some touting the “world’s largest empanada“. Even if you aren’t into pottery, you’ll be amazed at some of the creations on display in some of the shops.
The most popular items seem to be anything with pigs, which are seen as a good luck charm in Pomaire.
As for food, traditional Chilean dishes can be found at every restaurant. The most popular foods are empanadas, pastel de choclo, and cazuela. Anything cooked in a clay pot is probably the best dish to try because of the pottery industry here.
For lunch, we ate at Restorant San Pedro. I tried my first terremoto, a famous Chilean alcoholic drink with ice cream in it, and had pastel de choclo. We split an empanada. It was definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in Chile.
To get to Pomaire, it’s possible to take a bus from Santiago’s Terminal San Borja. We also stopped in nearby Melipilla for a meal. There’s nothing to see in the town.