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One Great Block: Santiago's Avenida Italia

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In Santiago, Chile, the courtyards hidden behind Avenida Italia—once known for antique shops—have been repopulated by cafés and boutiques packed with jewelry, pottery, furniture, and more. —GABRIEL O’RORKE
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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.
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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.
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Av. Italia 1439, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The owners, a Swiss-Chilean couple, pour nothing but liquid chocolate. Simply choose the strength (70–85 percent cocoa), milk type, temperature (hot, frappe, or ice cream), and origin: Peruvian, Ecuadoran, Brazilian, or Bolivian. 
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Isolda, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Inside the boutique, you’ll find well-cut dresses that hang just right, necklaces, gloves, hats, and Rcorrido shoes, made locally by hand with natural materials. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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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.
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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...