Chile is quickly becoming a must see location in South America. Graced with a long coast line and mountains there is much natural wonder to explore. With that said, however, people cannot forget about its capital Santiago, a cosmopolitan city that houses more than 7 million people. A large city Santiago has several different neighborhoods or barrios as they are called there. This blog is going to discuss a few of these different barrios and the things that they are most known for. Some of the most interesting barrios in Santiago are.
Providencia Is a more upper scale neighborhood with plenty of good shopping and places to eat. A restaurant you can try is Insaciables a buffet style pizza joint. Literally, waiters just bring around different pizzas and offer another piece – who could turn that down? Other things to do in Providencia include taking a Salsa lesson at David and Yasna`s Dance Academy or taking in a show at Teatro Oriente theatre. Keep an eye for some great book stores, including the English Libreria Inglesa as well as good street and mall shopping.
Bellavista is the neighborhood for night life! First you can have dinner at one of the great restaurants like Como Aqua Para Chocolate or the Peruvian restaurant Barandiaran. After dinner the bar options around this area are plentiful. There will also be plenty of additional choice if you decide that you want to dance the night away in a club. During the day time it is also possible to visit the zoo in Belavista, tour Cerro San Cristobal, or Pablo Neruda`s house.
Ñuñoa is far mellower than Bellavista and promises a more relaxed evening out. Plenty of great restaurant options exist especially for great Italian at Golfo di Napoli. This restaurant is very easy to miss if you`re not careful as it appears simply as an unmarked door. If you want to find this Chilean secret restaurant look for it at Avenida Irarrazaval 2423.
Lastarria is a beautiful neighborhood that is known and marked with cobble stone streets and European architecture. While here be sure to check out the Museum of Visual Arts for some works of Modern South American artists. You should also enjoy a stop at Cafe Ona a great lunch spot with outdoor tables, or Cafe Utopis with their happy hour and extensive listings of mixed drinks. When dinner time rolls around try Patagonia a restaurant which has a great wine list and a fantastic gourmet menu.