We stopped in the town of Jose Ignacio on our way up the coast, a beach town with dirt roads between luxurious homes of the jet set. Its strict building regulations have allowed it to remain quaint – the Cape Cod to Punta del Este’s Miami Beach – and at this time of year, quiet. We just had to stop by beach restaurant/lounge La Huella to check out where Richard Gere had dined the week before, but it was while wandering the town’s paths that Mutate caught my eye.
Part bar, part restaurant, and part living room of an eccentric aunt, Mutate is a must if you are in the area. Previously the residence of owner Ignacio Ruibal, he was encouraged by friends to open the quirky yet stylish interior to the public. I fell in love with the eclectic decor: a hodgepodge of seating areas in midcentury modern meets rustic granny chic with ample light and a laidback vibe. It also features a clothing and accessories boutique by the same name that blends seamlessly with the decor.