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Santiago

Santiago

In the city of “churrasco” and fine wine, fun is always on the menu.

Down below the picture-postcard backdrop of the snowy Andes, something is stirring. That something is Santiago, a colonial-outpost-turned-modern-metropolis. From the cash-flow capital of “Sanhattan” to the Bohemian bars of Bellavista, it’s a city that brims with self-confidence. ¡Bienvenidos!

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Things to Do in Santiago

Palacio de La Moneda

Popular Areas

Palacio de la Moneda has seen its fair share of drama. Once the national mint (La Moneda means “the coin”), this neo-classical palace is now the president’s place of work. In 1973, it was strafed by the air force in the iconic climax of Augusto Pinochet’s military coup. While it’s been done up since, conserved bullet holes speak of the drama that unfolded here.

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  • Metro Station Moneda, Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins Esquina Teatinos, Santiago
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-21:00
  • http://www.ccplm.cl/sitio/en/
Plaza de Armas

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The beating heart of Santiago. In days gone by, this parade ground was the nucleus of colonial power, with imposing edifices encircling a central gallows. Today’s Santiaguinos come here to hang out in the dappled shade of oversized palm trees. Kids frolic in the fountains, youngsters canoodle on benches and old timers chat over chessboards. Quite an improvement.

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  • Metro Station Plaza de Armas, Santiago
Santa Lucia Hill

Landmarks

This is where it all began. In 1540, Spanish conquistador, Pedro de Valdivia, stood at the foot of Santa Lucia Hill and proclaimed a new city. Fast-forward five hundred years and the crucible of the nation is a leafy hillside park. Winding paths criss-cross copses on the way to the summit, where the crenellated viewing tower offers a tip-top photo op. Nice spot Pedro!

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  • Metro Station Santa Lucía
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-20:00
Central Market

Popular Areas

Fish! Fresh fish! This market is a paradise for seafood lovers. All manner of tasty, glistening creatures are plucked straight from the pristine waters of the Humboldt Straits and displayed on beds of crushed ice. You don’t have to wait around for your fishy fix – just head to one of the eateries inside the market for a tasty bowl of “paila marina” (seafood soup).

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Mapocho Station Museum

Museums

“All change!” This former train station was Chile’s main transport hub for until disrepair forced it to close in 1987. It reopened in 1994 as a cavernous cultural centre, swapping iron rails for picture rails and train fares for trade fairs. Check timetables for upcoming exhibitions and workshops, on everything from cutting-edge design to tribal weaving techniques.

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Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

Museums

Ooh la la! Gazing up at this museum’s sophisticated façade, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just been teleported to Paris. But no, this French-inspired palace, with its art nouveau flourishes and squared cupola on top of neoclassical columns, is right in the heart of Santiago. Under the majestic glass dome is a treasure trove of Chilean, Spanish and Italian art.

Accommodations near Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Metro Station Bellas Artes, Parque Forestal, Santiago
  • Open Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–18:50
  • http://www.mnba.cl
San Cristobal Hill

Landmarks

Ave Maria! A giant, ice-white statue of the Christian Virgin Mary presides over Santiago from San Cristobal Hill. Lit up at night like a beatific beacon, she’s always visible from the city sprawl below. She certainly chose a good spot – the views from this hill are breath-taking. On clear days, the panorama sweeps up from the city streets all the way to the snow-dusted Andes.

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Costanera Center

Shopping Areas

Think big at Costanera Center. This all-singing, all-dancing complex can boast South America’s tallest building, as well as its largest shopping centre. The gargantuan Gran Torre Santiago dwarfs the rest, soaring up in a bid to outstrip even the mighty Andes. As for the shopping centre, it’s a cathedral of commerce, with a full six floors of retail, from Lego to leggings.

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Parque Arauco Mall

Shopping Areas

“Parque Arauco, much more than shopping”. So goes the saccharine jingle that echoes through this much-more-than-shopping centre. Despite the cliché, it has a point. Besides the rows of chain shops and the purpose-built luxury retail street, Parque Arauco houses a multiplex cinema, pricey restaurants, a bowling alley, an ice rink and even a private clinic. A real one-stop shop!

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  • Av. Presidente Kennedy 5413, Las Condes, Santiago
  • Open Monday–Saturday 10:00–21:00, Sunday 11:00–21:00
  • http://www.parquearauco.cl/
Los Domínicos Market

Landmarks

Stuck for souvenirs? Search no further. This crafts market showcases the best of Chilean handiwork. Wicker baskets, woollen ponchos and lapis lazuli jewellery are all up for grabs here. It’s set in a quaint mock-up of a colonial-era village, complete with trickling streams and wooden footbridges. Worked up an appetite? Tuck into a hearty plate of “pastel de choclo” (corn pie).

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Accommodations and Hotels in Santiago

Plaza El Bosque Ebro

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1940 reviews

$115

Average price per night
  • Ebro, 2828, Las Condes, Santiago
Plaza El Bosque Nueva Las Condes

8.9 Excellent

Score from 2803 reviews

$109

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  • Manquehue 656, Las Condes, Santiago
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal

8.6 Excellent

Score from 2179 reviews

$140

Average price per night
  • Armando Cortinez Norte, 2150, Santiago
Atton El Bosque

8.6 Excellent

Score from 678 reviews

$129

Average price per night
  • Roger de Flor 2770, Las Condes, Santiago
Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1063 reviews

$105

Average price per night
  • San Sebastian 2800 , Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura

8.4 Very good

Score from 744 reviews

$134

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  • Avenida Américo Vespucio Norte 1597, Vitacura, Santiago
Atton Vitacura

8.7 Excellent

Score from 839 reviews

$119

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  • Vitacura 3201, Vitacura, Santiago
NH Collection Plaza Santiago

8.6 Excellent

Score from 998 reviews

$108

Average price per night
  • Av. Vitacura, 2610, Las Condes, Santiago
Grand Hyatt Santiago

8.6 Excellent

Score from 342 reviews

$220

Average price per night
  • Av Kennedy, 4601, Las Condes, Santiago
Discover Santiago

Popular Neighborhoods in Santiago

Downtown Santiago

432 properties

History is everywhere here. Go and see for yourself from the top of Santa Lucia Hill. Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral impose with old-world grandeur, and Palacio de la Moneda bears the scars of conflicts past. And for a trip back to the days before cameraphones – and even conquistadors – head to the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.

Providencia

268 properties

A 24-hour hive of activity. During the day, errand-running Santiaguinos scuttle past busy cafés. Cash registers at the Drugstore Mall and Costanera Center ker-ching with the sound of retail therapy. And at nightfall, fun-seekers quaff cocktails on busy Orrego Luco Street, before moseying down to Bellavista for a late-night boogie.

Las Condes

130 properties

Money flows like the rushing Mapocho here. Known affectionately as “Sanhattan”, this area’s high-rise flats are home to Santiago’s well-heeled and well-paid. Contribute to the cash flow by splashing some pesos in Parque Arauco Mall and Los Domínicos Market. Or climb up to Aguas de Ramón Park to breathe the mountain air high above the rat race.

Bellavista

43 properties

Bellavista brims with bohemian charm. Sleepy streets and colourful houses hold artists’ studios and indie theatres. Snap up a lapis lazuli trinket before coming over all poetic at Pablo Neruda’s old pad. Scale San Cristobal Hill for a peerless panorama and come back down to earth with a bump (or a hefty glass of “piscola”) in a Bellavista bar.

El Bosque

35 properties

They say money doesn’t grow on trees. But it does in El Bosque! This business district’s name translates as “the forest”. It’s an urban “woodland” where shiny skyscraper trunks sprout from the concrete, and sharp-suited professionals scurry from metro to office – all under the shade of the mighty glass redwood that is Gran Torre Santiago.

Recoleta

25 properties

The other side of the river. That’s what the indigenous Mapuche used to call Recoleta, and it’s where they were sent to live once Santiago was claimed for Spain. Today’s Recoletanos hail from all over Latin America, giving the place a cosmopolitan splash of colour. Speaking of colours, La Vega Market is a veritable artist’s palette of fresh fruit.

Vitacura

13 properties

The whiff of privilege is everywhere in leafy Vitacura. On Nueva Costanera Street, stiletto-sporting “señoritas” totter past designer outlets. Impeccably uniformed schoolchildren march to and from their private academies and gardeners trim the lawns outside plush abodes. And in Parque Bicentenario, joggers and dog walkers lap up a life of leisure.

El Golf

4 properties

This district takes its name from the exclusive Los Leones Golf Club. Once known for its elegant townhouses, that image was shanked into the rough when urban planners built upwards and multinationals set up shop in the resulting skyscrapers. There’s a smattering of embassies too, ensconced in what’s left of El Golf’s old mansions.

Local Tips for Santiago

San José de Maipo
Diego by Diego

Bolivian Diego is a big music fan who enjoys football, cycling and being at one with nature.

The 30-minute drive to the town of San José de Maipo will take you about 50 years back in time! This peaceful oasis offers you a glimpse of authentic Chilean culture and is a great place to try local food, visit craft markets and enjoy activities ranging from paragliding to Chilean rodeo.

Barrio Lastarria
Martin by Martin

Fashion-lover Martin moved to Santiago from Buenos Aires and can’t get enough of city life.

Based around Jose Victorino Lastarrias Street, Lastarria is one of Santiago’s trendiest neighbourhoods. It’s home to the Gam Cultural Centre and Mavi Visual Arts Museum – a must for culture lovers – and lots of cool restaurants and bars. At weekends there’s also a popular antiques market.

Cerro San Cristobal
Alejandra by Alejandra

Alejandra spends her free time travelling, playing the piano and enjoying good food and wine.

Located close to the Mapocho River in Santiago’s Metropolitan Park, Cerro San Cristobal offers great views of the city. You can climb this hill on foot, by bike, by car or by funicular – I’d recommend the last option! Nearby you can visit the Bellavista district and Pablo Neruda's house.

  • Pío Nono 450, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
  • www.parquemet.cl
  • Open Monday–Sunday 08:30–20:30
Downtown Walking Tour
Bruna by Bruna

Bruna was born in Brazil but feels Chilean, and loves the urban activities Santiago has to offer.

The best way to see Santiago is by walking. Start in Plaza de Armas Square, home to the Cathedral and central post office, then head to the nearby Presidential Palace and Colonial Museum. Stop for lunch in trendy Lastarria, then visit historic San Francisco Church in the Paris Londres district.

  • Plaza de Armas Metro Station
Alternative Stores
Israel by Israel

Guitarist Israel moved to Santiago from Mexico City 8 years ago, and loves music and arty films.

Eurocentro Portal in the city centre has everything a real music fan needs. It’s a whole building dedicated to music and gaming shops, where you can find memorabilia, games, CDs, DVDs and clothing to suit all tastes, from rock and hip-hop to J-pop, K-pop and manga.

  • Eurocentro: Moneda 970 esquina Paseo Peatonal Ahumada, Metro Station Universidad de Chile
  • www.edificioeurocentro.cl
  • Open Monday–Friday 10:30–20:30, Saturday 10:30–16:00

Very well trained people doing services, friendly people helping you when asking for city details, people taking care about their enviroment

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Santiago for food?

They got good restaurants with super food Do try Liguria en Providencia in Luis THayer Ojeda.

The wineries in the area have different ideas in how the wine should be made and why the make it the way the do.

It doesn't. The city of Santiago was not a great highlight of our trip, in part because we already had plans to go to the staples just outside of Santiago (wine country and Valpraiso) on our own.

Street Art, natural suburb where you can sample Chilean lifestyle alongside everyday people. You will benefit from learning basic Spanish before you visit. Very limited English is understood!

Take a hotel in the city-centre. Santiago is a big place, but the main city-centre area is small enough to cover on foot. There's lots of parks, gardens, and hills, so enough places to get a respite from the sun, or a small siesta under the trees

Valle Nevado has a wide variety of runs for all abilities. Very accessible

I suggest costanera mall and stores at isidora goyenechea.they have very classic and european clothes.

My favourites are :Liguria,cafe torres,baco,delaostia

Transportation

Santiago Transportation

Air

Santiago International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city (allow 40 minutes between 08:00–09:30 and 17:30–20:00). Authorised taxi desks can be found in Arrivals – prices range from 15,000–20,000 CLP depending on destination. Shared minibuses can also be booked in Arrivals for 5000–8000 CLP, but you may have to wait a while for the minibus to fill up. If budget is a priority, buses are slow but cheap: TurBus and Centropuerto operate daily from 06:00–00:00.

Metro

Santiago’s extensive metro system is safe, efficient and reliable. It runs from 05:45–23:45 daily (from 06:30 on Saturdays and 08:00 on Sundays) and costs 590 CLP to 700 CLP per trip, depending on the time of day. Watch out for rush hour (08:00–09:30 and 17:30–20:00), when trains get incredibly crowded. If you plan to use the metro regularly, it’s worth paying 2000 CLP for a Bip! top-up card instead of buying tickets – pick one up directly inside the metro station.

Bus

TranSantiago buses are seen by locals as an inefficient but essential way to reach the places that the metro doesn’t cover. The city’s bus and metro systems are integrated, so the price per trip is the same and you can switch between them for free to continue your journey. To pay, you’ll need a Bip! top-up card: pick one up at a metro station for 2000 CLP. Buses are often crowded and routes can be confusing – check the website to plan your journey in advance.

Taxi

Taxis are a popular and safe way to move around Santiago, although not necessarily cheap. Street taxis are everywhere and are very easy to spot: they’re all black with a yellow roof. Fares are metered so they quickly add up during rush hours (08:00–09:30 and 17:30–20:00). Some less scrupulous drivers may also choose longer routes if it’s obvious you’re not familiar with the city. Radio taxis are a more expensive option, but offer convenient door-to-door service.

Car

Driving in Santiago is relatively easy – the city’s roads are very well-maintained and clearly signed. Local drivers are very respectful of the rules of the road, and pedestrians are given priority: even failing to let a pedestrian cross is frowned upon. It’s best to avoid driving during peak hours (08:00–09:30 and 17:30–20:00) when commuters take over the roads. Petrol prices in Chile are high, so driving isn’t recommended for those travelling on a budget.

Bike

Santiago is a cyclist’s dream, or at least it's getting there: it’s flat, drivers are respectful and cycle paths are popping up rapidly all over the city. Locals zoom around on yellow Bikesantiago bikes, part of the public transport system, but these aren’t available to tourists. Luckily you can rent a bike from La Bicicleta Verde in exchange for a photo ID and 5000 CLP per half day. Helmets are provided and must be worn – cycling without a helmet is illegal.

Food in Santiago

Top Restaurants in Santiago

Cheap Eats
Seafood
La Chimenea
  • Pasaje Príncipe de Gales 90, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday–Thursday 09:30–02:00, Friday 09:30–04:00, Saturday 12:00–04:00
  • www.lachimenea.cl
  • 0056 22 697 0131
Cheap Eats
Local
Las Tejas
  • San Diego 236, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday–Thursday 12:00–22:30, Friday 12:00–00:00, Saturday 12:00–04:30
  • 0056 22 699 2789
Upscale Dining
British
Bristol
  • Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 81, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday–Friday 06:30–10:00 and 13:00–15:00 and 19:30–23:00, Saturday–Sunday 07:00–11:00 and 13:00–23:00
  • www.plazasanfrancisco.cl
  • 0056 22 639 3832
Cheap Eats
Local
El Rápido
  • Bandera 347, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday–Friday 09:00–20:30, Saturday 09:30–15:00
  • 0056 22 672 2375
Cheap Eats
Local
El Rincón de los Canallas
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Bar The Clinic
Cheap Eats
Local
La Piojera
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Donde Augusto - Mercado Central
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Juan y Medio
Upscale Dining
International
Opera
  • Merced 395, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday – Thursday 13:00 - 14:30 and 20:00 – 22:30, Friday 13:00 - 15:00 and 20:00 - 23:00, Saturday20:00 - 23:00
  • www.operacatedral.cl
  • 0056 22 664 3048
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Ocean Pacific´s
Upscale Dining
Italian
Nolita
  • José Victorino Lastarria, Santiago Centro
  • Open Sunday–Monday 12:30–16:00 and 19:00–22:00, Tuesday–Friday 12:30–16:00 and 19:00–23:00, Saturday 12:30–16:00 and 19:00 – 00:00
  • www.nolita.cl
  • 0056 22 638 4574
Cheap Eats
Local
Juanito Ollas
  • Artesanos 7000 Tirso de Molina Market, Shop 311, Recoleta
  • Open Tuesday–Sunday 12:00–18:00
  • 0056 9 8 809 4080
Mid-Range Fare
Gourmet
Bocanariz
  • José Victorino Lastarria 276, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 12:00–00:00, Thursday–Saturday 12:00–00:30, Sunday 19:00–23:00
  • www.bocanariz.cl
  • 0056 22 638 9893
Mid-Range Fare
International
R. (Erre Punto)
  • José Victorino Lastarria 307, Santiago Centro
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:30–01:00, Saturday 19:00–02:00
  • 0056 22 664 9844
Mid-Range Fare
Spanish
El Toro
Cheap Eats
Korean
Sukine
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
La Pizarra
Upscale Dining
Vietnamese
Vietnam Discovery
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Los Buenos Muchachos
  • Av. Ricardo Cumming 1031, Santiago Centro
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 12:30–01:30, Friday–Saturday 12:30–03:30
  • www.lbm.cl
  • 0056 22 566 4660
Upscale Dining
Argentinian
Vaquita Sabrosa
  • Antonia Lopez de Bello 61,Recoleta
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:00–00:00 Saturday–Sunday 12:00–17:00
  • 0056 22 732 6938
Mid-Range Fare
International
Thelonious
Upscale Dining
Peruvian
Los Sabores del Inca
Cheap Eats
Local
Venezia
Cheap Eats
Local
Ciudad Vieja
  • Constitución 92, Bellavista
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 12:30–00:00, Tuesday–Wednesday 12:30–01:00, Wednesday–Thursday 12:30–01:30, Thursday–Friday 12:30–02:00, Friday–Saturday 12:30–02:30
  • www.ciudadvieja.cl
  • 0056 22 248 9412
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