Destination Guide: Santiago de Chile
Majestic Andes, vast craft markets and passionate
Stroll villagy Bellavista on River Mapocho's banks and pay
homage to writer Pablo Neruda. Explore the heritage-filled
Santiago Centro with palaces and museums.
Food and Drink
Feast on fresh seafood and casseroles. Savour local
favourite pastel de choclo, a hearty ground corn and beef
casserole, at a Vega Central counter. Enjoy the freshest of
seafood from simple restaurants surrounding Mercado Central,
the boisterous market. Or join hip Santiaguinos in
Providencia's international restaurants.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Take in local art or magnificent mountains. Explore the
museums of haphazard El Centro, like Museo Chileno de Arte
Precolombino's exquisite ceramics. In bohemian Bellavista
check out author Pablo Neruda's art-filled hideaway La
Chascona. The leafy terraces of hilltop Cerro Santa Lucía
boast fine city views.
Browse for handicrafts or jewellery. Hip Bellavista is
best for vivid lapis lazuli, with fashionable boutiques
clustering Providencia. Try the twin-domed artisans' village
Pueblito Los Dominicos for alpaca shawls and Mapuche silver
jewellery. The food market La Vega Central is an unbeatable
Nightlife and Entertainment
Party in slick lounges or raucous bars. Bellavista's
night market brings life onto the streets, with small
neighbourhood restaurants hosting live guitar music around
midnight. Join the smart set for cocktails in slick
Providencia bars, or head to Nuñoa's main square for cafés
and underground bars. Emotions and passions run high at local
football matches, played at the Estadio Nacional.