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Santiago, La Pintana, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Founded in 1540, Santiago's palm-shaded "Plaza de Armas" remains the city's social hub. Any time of the day, any day of the week there's always something happening there. Surrounded by the neoclassical facades of the city's most important...
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Gral Arriagada 1568, La Florida, XIII Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
At noon in downtown Santiago, crowds of businessmen stand at La Union’s bar for a pisco sour and whet their appetites for a typical lunch—a plate of meat and rice topped with an egg. Nueva York 11, Santiago Centro, 56/(0) 2-696-1821 This appeared...
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Parque Forestal, Maipú, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Parque Forestal is Santiago's lung and central park. Created for the first centennial celebration in 1910, the park has become an iconic area of the city with elegant residential apartment buildings along the perimeter. One of the most enjoyable...
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Gral Rondizzoni 2420, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The mercury during summer afternoons can hit 34C (or around 95F). How to stay cool during the hottest time of the day (4-6pm)? Besides seeking shade or air-conditioning, Santiaguinos seek solace in a traditional drink called "mote con huesillos."...
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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
As anxiety from the 2010 earthquake ebbs, Chile is rebuilding its capital bigger and better. Such creative enclaves as Barrio Italia have become hives for galleries and design studios, and the wineries just outside Santiago are turning more heads...
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Merced 391, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Ópera is the only gourmet, white tablecloth dining experience in the Lastarria neighborhood. Location, location, location. On an iconic corner with large picture glass windows, the hum of the city quietly blurs by with the illuminated...
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Santiago is within striking distance of half a dozen wine valleys in Chile and as the capital, has access to all the wines being made in-country. While you can sip away in wine bars like Bocanariz, or stock up at stores like Santiago Wine Club and...
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Prof. Zañartu 951, Recoleta, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
On all of my travels I hunt down cemeteries. The General Cemetery of Santiago, Chile blew me away. Endless avenues of stunning mausoleums, covered in vines and showing decay greet you as you enter the main gate. The angel statues are everywhere...
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Esperanza 1388, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chileans still, thankfully, eat with the seasons and crave different fruits throughout the year. In fact, during any given week, there are 400 fresh markets ("ferias"), in Santiago along with countless neighborhood "verdulerias" and fruit carts...
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Compañía de Jesús 2858, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Today in Chile there are nearly 150 breweries in the country, ranging from garage to sophisticated operations. The necessary starting point to go on a tour of the beers in Chile is at Cervercería Nacional. This tiny brick-walled bar, in the...
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On a typical corner in historic Barrio Yungay, Boulevard Lavaud, colloquially known as Peluquería Francesa, is a quirky café-restobar taking you back to another era. Sitting above the old barber shop, where older men in the "barrio" still come to...
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Cienfuegos 280, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Bistec a lo Pobre means "Poor Man's Steak", but the size of the portion is anything but poor. Bistec a lo Pobre is a traditional South American dish served, as seen in the photo, with a large sirloin steak, grilled onion, two fried eggs and a side...
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Av. Brasil 726, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Twice a day, the city's ovens fire up to bake the dimpled "hallullas" and crunchy "marraquetas" (Chile's folded baguette). The air fills with a warm, yeasty smell and Chileans patiently wait to get their freshly baked bread for the breakfast...
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Región Metropolitana CL - Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Founded in 1879, Confitería Torres is Santiago's oldest restaurant still functioning, and a popular lunch destination. Housed in the Palacio Íñiguez on the stately Alameda avenue, the restaurant was saved from closing nearly a decade ago and...
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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Santiago has South America's most extensive metro with five lines, nearly 65 miles of track, and 108 stations--and plans to add new lines and stations continue. The metro opened in 1975 and continues to be the best method to travel across the...
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Amanda Labarca 102, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Just a block away from the Palacio de la Moneda, the Chilean Government Palace, this culinary oasis offers tasty treats and killer coffee in a downtown setting. Known for its breakfasts, burgers, tea time, and heady java, you can rub elbows with...
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Moneda S/N, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The ornate, neoclassical government palace, headquarters for the President's offices, was originally constructed in the late 18th century as the country's mint. During the 1973 military coup, La Moneda was nearly destroyed. The ceremonious...
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Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 933, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chilean "completos" are hot dogs piled high with the works--usually mashed avocado, chopped tomato, optional sauerkraut, and an obscene amount of mayo (maybe 1/3 cup). Actually, eating them is a feat of gravity without the toppings winding up on...
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Bandera 347, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Every day 2,000 empanadas are freshly made at this historic food landmark on the corner of Bandera and Huérfanos in El Centro. Santiaguinos pop in for a gooey fried cheese empanada slathered in hot chili sauce, piping hot. Stand in at the counter...
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San Pablo, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
If you’re aiming to see what last night’s catch looked like before it became your supper, head to Santiago’s Mercado Central, where every edible sea creature is up for sale. As boisterous as a stock market, the seafood exchange...
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Antonia López de Bello 743, Recoleta, Región Metropolitana, Chile
In the center of Santiago, La Vega Central market dates back over 100 years with its humble origins as a few produce stalls. Today, it sprawls over several city blocks with friendly vendors hawking the freshest seasonal produce from Chile's...
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This acclaimed ice cream parlor with more than 15 locations (most Santiago malls have one) dishes out every imaginable flavor. Regulars crave dulce de leche, lifted from the namesake caramel dessert. Or try the Chilean classic called café...
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Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
This wall is an interactive art exhibit at the GAM. It was one of my favorite spots in Santiago. People embraced the idea, put thought into their responses and shared. It was a community activity. Turns out it's an international phenomenon started...
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This hipster and bohemian-worthy neighborhood was my home in Santiago. Two steps from my apartment door led me to a street filled with coffee shops, restaurants and local street venders trying to sell their products. My first night in Lastarria I...
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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...
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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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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....
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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...
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Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
This beautiful fountain in Santiago is nestled in a long park in Providencia that follows the Mapocho River with views of towering San Cristóbal hill. It touts a sophisticated timing system to create a series of elegant arcs with water. At night,...
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Av. Italia 805, Providencia, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Londoner Tony Hornecker has developed one of the most unique spaces in Santiago to hang out and sip cocktails (and eat something tasty if you fancy). Located in hip Barrio Italia, in an old factory, the place feels like a bar meets restaurant...
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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...
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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...
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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. El Cerro 722, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Located in the tranquil tree-shaded setting at the base of the San Cristóbal hill, this classic Chilean restaurant is a favorite with local families, particularly for the long Sunday lunches on their balmy terrace. Traditional Chilean fare such as...
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Av. Pedro de Valdivia 210, Providencia, Santiago de Chile, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Ask any Santiaguino the best sandwich they've ever had and they will wax on about el lomito. Marinated pork slow-roasted, shaved, and piled high onto a sandwich with copious amounts of mashed avocado, homemade mayo, and tomato slices--beer on the...
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Av. Pedro de Valdivia 47, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chilean Pisco Sours are a little different than their Peruvian neighbor. They are downed with the same "gusto" but the ingredients, and flavor, lead to a very different tasting drink. The pisco (grape brandy) is made from different grapes along...
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Av. Providencia 2348, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chileans love "completos," hot dogs with the works. Hogs took this concept and made it gourmet. Think hot dogs made with venison, lamb, pure frank, even rabbit. Then top it with items like caramelized onions, blue cheese, avocado, barbeque sauce,...
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Monjitas 506, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
coffee in Santiago is even worse than in Paris (if that can even be possible?) but lucky for picky people like me, Wonderful cafe makes a very respectable + smooth cappuccino. It comes with latte art as well. Light lunches and other foods (i.e....
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Don Carlos 2898, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Expat Dell Taylor (from New Zealand) left accounting for the restaurant business over a decade ago in Santiago when the concept of brunch did not yet exist. Café Melba was born and quickly became the place to get real french toast with real maple...
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Nueva Costanera 4076, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Chileans love their ceviche just like Peruvians so it was no surprise when this Lima-based "cebichería" (belonging to chef Gastón Acurio), announced its opening in Santiago. Nestled among swish boutiques on Nueva Costanera, the city's foodies...
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Bicentenario 3800, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Los nuevos aires de Santiago de Chile. Restaurantes, sandwich, cervezas y mucho, mucho vino.
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Vitacura - Nueva Costanera 3736, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Take in a 360-degree view of the Andes and the plains surrounding Santiago from a rooftop lounge where the pisco cocktails rise above the norm of everyday drinking. Hotel Noi Vitacura. 56/(0) 2-2941-8100. This appeared in the March/April 2014...