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.
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.
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 people-watching spot.
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.