A Guide to Bohemian Bellavista
Collected by Liz Caskey, AFAR Local Expert
Santiago's bohemian quarter lies between the gushing Mapocho River and the huge Parque Metropolitano. Here you'll find lively nightlife, artist ateliers, colorful graffiti murals, and Patronato—the garment district, home to Korean and Middle Eastern immigrants in Santiago.
Santo Domingo 689, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Antonia López de Bello 244, Recoleta, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The entrance is rather unassuming, with Korean characters and an English sign as an afterthought. Located in the heart of Patronato, now Chile's "Koreatown," Sukine is all about authentic Korean fare. Order their signature bibimbap, barbecue, or...
Loreto 324, Recoleta, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Don't judge a restaurant by its facade. Located in a gritty area of Bellavista (start of Patronato, garment district), Vietnam Discovery looks more like a takeout joint than a restaurant. Enter inside to another world. The restaurant opens up with...
Antonia López de Bello 118, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
White Rabbit has caused a clamor among Santiago foodies for its stripped-down approach to good, wholesome food. Using all organic ingredients on a short but sweet menu, this is the kind of food that your soul craves. Mac n' cheese with black...
Constitución 317, Santiago, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The Aubrey Hotel is full of surprises to be discovered. Whether a cozy, hidden seating area, meringue cake at afternoon tea, or fresh raspberry juice and mango nectar delivered by a delightfully energetic breakfast server, the Aubrey was a...
Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
In between two tourist attractions - Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristóbal - lies an eclectic neighborhood called Bellavista. By day, you can enjoy the colorful views of the buildings covered in street art, murals, weathered event posters, as...
14 - Antonia López de Bello, Recoleta, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Growing up in New York, I remember the graffiti on the street and subways, but the city's so cleaned up now that the only graffiti you might see is in the museum. But lo and behold, Santiago has its own hip, colorful neighborhood known for its...
Fernando Márquez de La Plata 0192, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda built a quirky home for his secret lover, Matilde Urrutia, in the 1950s. He called the house "La Chascona," her nickname due to her wild, red hair. Neruda is a literary icon in Chile and was a bit of enigma....
Constitución 183, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Parque Metropolitano de Calle - Dominica, Recoleta, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Floating over 2,500 feet above Santiago is the gleaming white statue of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción atop Cerro San Cristóbal, St. Christopher's Hill—the highest point in the capital that is not the Andes. One of the most fun, and...
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