Santiago’s gotten a lot of attention in the press lately, and it’s because it’s a city that’s really coming into its own. We’ve got great museums and cultural events, delicious food, local crafts and of course, plenty of wine.
Chile is a gorgeous country with a huge variety of landscapes, and Santiago is the jumping off point to all that, whether you’re thinking deserts, glaciers or even Easter Island.
What to Do in Santiago. I love markets, so I send everyone to Mercado Central, the fish market, and La Vega, the fruit and vegetable market. You will find tourists, but these are also working markets where santiaguinos do their shopping. If you’re interested in politics, the human rights museum Museo de la Memoria is a must-see.
On a clear day, take the funicular up San Cristóbal hill to enjoy the view – it’s the one with the Virgin Mary statue you can see from all over the city on top.
For souvenir shopping, head up to Pueblito Los Dominicos, an artisan village in the foothills of the Andes, or use generosity as an excuse to go wine tasting at Concha y Toro, Santa Carolina or Cousiño Macul and pick up a bottle for someone else as well as yourself.
Best Neighbourhoods to explore in Santiago. The Bellas Arte neighborhood is full of bars and cafes that make for perfect people watching. Nearby Bellavista has some great restaurants and good nightlife. To get off the beaten path a bit, head to Barrio Yungay, stopping at restaurant Boulevard Lavaud to pick up a map for a self-guided walking tour of the picturesque neighborhood.