Avant-Garde Enclave of Barrio Italia
Collected by Liz Caskey , AFAR Local Expert
Santiago's design area of the city was once a neighborhood of Italian immigrants. This neighborhood has remade its image with young, avant-garde fashion designers, art galleries, restaurants, and antiques while keeping a strong nod to the past in its charming sites and facades.
Santiago, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
The Argentine fashion label, Lupe, was much-awaited by Santiago fashionistas with its arrival in Barrio Italia, bringing hip, sleek fashion to the other side of the Andes. With a laid-back but polished look of urban cool, the seasonal collections...
Av. Italia 1693, Santiago, Ñuñoa, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Barrio Italia is full of antiques and furniture dealers. Taller Sofia has a hodge podge of vintage furniture and home decor ranging from porcelain teapots to scales, wooden hutches, and other forgotten treasures. Go with patience and a good eye as...
Av. Italia 805, Providencia, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The menu here has a Spanish influence (the owners met in Barcelona), with dishes such as patatas bravas and crema catalana. The look is both chic and rustic: brick walls, leather studded sofas, and two patios for alfresco dining. This appeared in...
Avenida Italia, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
With a nod to the neighborhood’s tradition of carpentry, this furniture store sells chairs, tables, bowls, and wall hooks made of Chilean lenga wood, crafted with clean, modern lines and smooth finishes. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
A project of Santiago design company the Andes House, Made in Mimbre has transformed an old Chilean craft into high-style light fixtures and furniture. Artisans in the neighboring village of Chimbarongo hand-weave mimbre (wicker) into...
José Manuel Infante 1208, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Die Ecke is a contemporary art gallery born in 2005 by the architect Paul Birke who converted a former "almacen" (provisions store), into the current gallery on the corner of José Manuel Infante. In fact, the name means "corner" in German and the...
Av. Italia 1634, Ñuñoa, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Xoco understands cocoa essentialists, the passionate ones who only ever order chocolate at the ice cream parlor. Now with two branches in the up-and-coming of Barrio Italia neighborhood, this “chocolate bar” (get it?) takes aim at...
Pasaje - Simon González 8874, La Reina, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Filled with gourmet Chilean goodies—tinned fish, jars of jam and honey, coffee, oils, wine, and dried avocado bites—the shop also stocks handmade Chilean ceramics to serve it all on. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Av. Italia 1439, Santiago, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
In an indoor shopping center called Estación Italia, this colorful leather shop run by a charming gent named Tomás Jara sells Panama hats, belts, and rainbow-colored satchels. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Av. Italia 1034, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
This authentic Texas barbecue joint has brought a lot of smoke to hip Barrio Italia. Pioneered by native Texans Michelle Letelier and Blane Taylor, the space in a traditional home has a huge patio, perfect for gorging on meat and beer. The...
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