Travel Guide: Santiago


Summary

Chile's capital and largest city. Santiago is surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast mountains, which give the city an incredible atmostphere. The city is also amidst wine regions, so visiting vineyards and wine tasting is easy to do. During Summer in North America, Chile has their Winter and many ski resorts are accessible from Santiago. We liked how Santiago shut down it's biggest streets on Sunday, so that runners and bikers could use the road—it feels like a city-wide running event every weekend. We had experienced the same thing in Montevideo, Uruguay one week earlier when they shut down one of their largest streets on Sunday—every city should do this!


Food & Drink

Top Restaurants

1 Boragó • Number 38 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List (2021). Boragó is a sustainable restaurant that is rooted in Mapuche culture. Chef Rodolfo Guzmán focuses on Chilean produce transported from farm or desert to fork and changes the menu with the seasons.

2 Demencia Gastrobar • The latest venture from Benjamín Nast (DePatio Restaurant) includes signature cocktails and creative dishes that Nast is known for (Dok&Cheese, Sweetbreads, and Albacore Schnitzel).

3 Restaurante 040 • A smart establishment hidden away in an anonymous hotel in Santiago’s Bellavista neighbourhood. Try the 12-course tasting menu with wine pairings.


Top Bars

1 Nkiru Bar • A Nikkei inspired bar covered in photos of legendary rappers such as Biggie and Snoop Dogg. Make sure to order the Thug Passion if you’re a Tupac fan.

2 Lolita Jones • Modern Mexican and Latin American drinking and dining in a beautifully designed open concept space.

3 Prima Bar • An elegant basement bar using carefully-sourced ingredients from throughout Chile to make their signature cocktails such as the Prima Sour and Apple Whiskey.


Markets

1 Mercado Central • Santiago’s most famous market. Go here for the city’s best seafood, wines, meat and more. Shellfish and Chilean pisco sour are definitely worth trying.

2 Patio Bellavista • In the heart of the artistic neighborhood, Bellavista. This market has characteristics of an outdoor mall with a plethora of food, drink and patio options. It's interesting to see, but may not be for everyone.

3 Pueblito Los Domínicos • An artisan market located in the park of the same name. This market is packed with shops and stalls, primarily selling locally-made crafts & goods.



Other Food & Drink

Other Food • Ambrosia, Ambrosia Bistro (Ambrosia's smaller venue in the city’s Providencia neighbourhood), Osaka, De Patio, Restaurant 040 in Tinto Boutique Hotel

Other Drinks • Sarita Colonia, Bar La Providencia, Bar Valdivia

Coffee Shops • There are many great cafes everywhere in the city. However, some of our favourites (mostly around Lastarria) included Singular Coffee Roasters, Porta Cafe and Wonderland Cafe.



Activities & Attractions

Top Activities

1 Day Trip to Valparaíso • A vibrant and picturesque port city with a lot of Chilean cultural history. Less than an hour drive from Santiago, it's possible to do a day trip—although it's worth staying longer. Known for its steep funiculars, colorful clifftop homes, and La Sebastiana, the quirky former residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

2 Maipo Valley Wine Tour • The closest Chilean wine region to Santiago (1hr). The renowned red wines and vineyards, beautiful scenery and Chilean hospitality make this region a must for wine connoisseurs. If you are looking for an elevated experience, book a tour at the premium vineyard of Don Melchoir—you won't regret it!

3 Day Trip to Los Andes • Located one hour from Santiago, this beautiful town is the perfect Andes launchpad for hikers, back-packers and adventure seekers.


Other Attractions (SITES, PARKS, Etc.)

Sites Cementerio General (the largest cemetery in Latin America), La Moneda Palace (the stately office of Chile’s President), Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral

Parks Cerro San Cristóbal, Parque Forestal, Bicentenario Park, Parque Balmaceda, Parque Fluvial

Other Activities Aventura Park in Cerro San Cristóbal (adventure park featuring zip lines, rope courses & a suspension bridge) with views across the city, Santiago Cable Car atop Cerro San Cristóbal (4km roundtrip is 15 minutes), National Museum of Natural History, Chilean National Zoo, visit the ski resort of Valle Nevado.



Stay

Areas/Neighbourhoods

Alonso de Córdova & Los Condes, Bellas Artes & Lastarria, Barrio Italia


Hotels & Airbnbs

A Apartment in Barrio Lastarria • Great unit on the best street in the Lastarria neighbourhood. The building has a square below with around ten restaurants with outdoor seating. The street José Victorino is incredible and gets used by restaurants for patios that come onto the street making the area 'pedestrianized'.

A The Singular Santiago, Lastarria Hotel • Located in the cultural and historical hub of Santiago. The Singular Hotel is a very nice luxury hotel. Don’t miss savoring a special moment at the hotel's Rooftop Bar, an unrivaled patio with a privileged view of San Cristobal Hill.

A Casas del Cerro Loft • An lofty space with eclectic and elegant architecture. It is located in a residential and quiet area very close to the 'Costanera Center' on the north bank of the Mapocho River, ideal for your stay in Santiago.