José Victorino Lastarria 181, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Photo courtesy of Bocanariz
Barrio Lastarria Barrio Lastarria, near Parque Forestal, was named one of the “coolest neighborhoods in the world” by Spain’s daily newspaper La Vanguardia, which compared it to Berlin’s Kreuzberg or Botafogo in Río de Janeiro. Visitors and locals alike love wandering the lanes off Paseo Lastarria, where they find historic monuments, great bookstores, and ultra-chic design galleries. Smart shoppers recommend visiting from Thursdays to Sundays, when an antiques- and books-heavy flea market sets up, along with musicians= and street artists on the adjacent sidewalks. There are food options for all tastes: Everything from simple food stands hawking hotdogs called completos, to sundry first-class dining rooms like Les Assassins or Bocanariz. Not-to-be-missed neighborhood stops: Emporio de La Rosa for artisanal ice cream, the Museo de Artes Visuales, and PLOP! Gallery which specializes in Chilean illustration and comic strips.