the Chilean capital (much like Toronto) doesn't immediately endear itself. Its ugly, flat, spread out and traffic is mad. Also like my hometown it takes some research and good old fashioned legwork to discover it's charms. For me the Barrio Italia neighbourhood is what made me fall in love with Santiago. Much like Buenos Aires' Palermo Soho district, only much less touristy, this low lying, leafy bohemian area filled with indie cafes, restaurants and boutique shops should be your first and frequent stop in the city.