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Santiago city guide

La Salvación

For the meaty menu

When chef Rolando Ortega opened La Salvación, his second restaurant, customers from his downtown spot quickly followed — it was full within weeks. He’s known for his worship of pork and using uncommon cuts from head to tail, with dishes like smoked pork ears glazed with chili paste, garlic and parsley.

Daniel’s Bakery & Cafe

For homemade pastries

Expect to wait for a table, but the homemade pastries, baked like grandma’s, are worth it. The Snickers cake — a reinterpretation of the classic chocolate bar with all-natural peanut butter, and big enough to share — is highly addictive.

Ambrosía Bistro

For elevated bistro dishes

Approaching food with both French cooking techniques and inspiration from her global travels, Carolina Bazán is one of Chile’s most acclaimed young chefs. At her casual, intimate restaurant, the menu varies seasonally, but the freshly made pasta is a specialty — and reason enough to stop by.

Osaka

For Japanese-Peruvian fusion

Peru has the second largest Japanese population in South America, leading to the emergence of a fusion cuisine known as Nikkei. Ask for the dishes cooked with hot coal, like the Pepoh Gohan: rice with piure (Chilean sea squirts), shellfish crackling, olive oil with merkén (a Chilean hot spice) and pebre, a mixture of coriander, tomato and onion.

Warú

For inventive plant-based fare

Offering a surprising spin on healthy, meatless dishes (except for some fish) is the focus at Warú. The chef in charge is Luis Aurelio Garay, formerly of Chile’s Boragó and Peru’s Central, both award-winning. He creatively mixes seeds, stalks, peels, sprouts and roots of vegetables with algae, Altiplanic herbs, legumes and edible flowers.

La Calma

For the freshest seafood

Chef and owner Gabriel Layera adjusts his menu according to what’s freshest, focusing on less common fish and seafood, such as Chilean sandperch and chochas (slipper snails). You’re welcome to ask about your dish’s origins and learn a bit of Chilean geography while you wait.

Museo de la Memoria y Derechos Humanos

For the eye-opening history

Opened in 2010, this “Museum of Memory and Human Rights” honours the 40,000 victims of the regime led by dictator Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. It reflects upon this dark past with a human approach — allowing the visitor to learn, for example, how families remember their lost ones with personal homages throughout the country.

Parque Natural Aguas de Ramón

For the great outdoors

Whether you want to embark on a meditative walk in nature or an endurance hike, this ecological park is for you. About a half-hour drive from the centre of Santiago, you’ll find trails ranging from 30 minutes to seven hours, with routes cutting across the valley through forests. Ask for directions to the trail that ends with a small waterfall.

Bike + Wine Tour at Cousiño-Macul

For the vineyard experience

You need not leave the city limits of Santiago to explore a family-owned winery that dates back to 1856. Hop on this eco-minded bike tour for a leisurely cruise through Cousiño-Macul’s grapevines, located by the Andean foothills in the Maipo Valley.

Bahá’í Temple

For the architecture

The views of Santiago from here are impressive, but the building itself is even more so. Designed by the Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects and opened in 2016, the Bahá’í temple is made to resemble a flower, with petals of marble and glass.

Museo Artequin

For kid-friendly activities

Located in a historic space (this was Chile’s pavilion in the 1889 Parisian Exposition Universelle), this art museum focuses on hands-on activities for kids, like dressing up as their favourite painter and learning how to build mini replicas of Chilean architectural gems. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon in the huge park just outside.

Lupe Gajardo

For conscious fashion

Lupe Gajardo’s collections are inspired by scarcity — she has upcycled fabrics, accessories and materials. The young Santiago designer, who has shown at New York Fashion Week, is keen on representing diversity in textures as well as in sizes and silhouettes, making her flowy garments available in an inclusive range.

El Baco’s Tienda Vinos

For Chilean wines

The experts at this small wine shop will climb a stair to reach the last Cinsaut on the highest shelf if they think it’s the bottle you may like best. Ask them how to pick a wine that pairs well with your favourite meal — they’ve gleaned their knowledge from the French restaurant of the same name next door.

Galería Taller del Mono

For original local artwork

Alejandro “Mono” González is best known for his large-scale murals, often themed around Chilean social issues, but at his gallery his art is also available as serigraph sets you can bring home. Ask if he has any pieces left from his homage to the victims and survivors of the country’s 2010 earthquake; that work won him an Altazor National Arts Award.

Barrio Italia

For design souvenirs

In the neighbourhood of Barrio Italia (settled by Italian artisans in the 19th century), the facades of historic houses hide an eclectic combination of shops, many of which focus on design and fashionable home goods. Spend an afternoon browsing for souvenirs, like the mugs illustrated with flora and fauna at Tienda Larry.

Mercado de Oficios

For handmade crafts

Browsing this store will have you questioning why you didn’t bring a larger suitcase. You’ll find everything from alpaca wool shawls to minimalist wooden toys to rustic stone platters — all of the items carved, knitted, dyed, painted or welded somewhere in Chile.

Le Rêve

For boutique charm

Ever wanted to stay in a national monument? With its neoclassical French architecture, this hotel was declared one by the Chilean government. The French design flair continues inside the 31 rooms, which are individually decorated but share a homey sense of comfort, as does the cozy courtyard.

The Singular

For the prime location

Located in the popular Lastarria neighbourhood, this elegant hotel is surrounded by historical and cultural landmarks. It’s right next door to Parque Forestal, and both Centro Gabriela Mistral (a performing arts and music centre) and Santa Lucía Hill are just a few blocks away. The area is also a culinary destination, and the newest location of Liguria — a restaurant famous for its Chilean cuisine and quirky decor — is just around the corner.

Solace

For a business stay

Design touches from Philippe Starck give this hotel a cosmopolitan look, but style isn’t the only selling point. Business travellers here to get the job done will also find peaceful rooms designed to feel like a stylish apartment, five meeting venues and an on-site event planner.

Ladera Hotel

For the serene atmosphere

Tucked away in a residential street, this 36-room boutique hotel means “hillside” in Spanish: From the fourth-floor terrace, you can take in the view of Cerro San Cristóbal. Beyond exploring the peak, you can book into the spa for aquatherapy, reserve a bike to cruise around the city, or borrow a picnic basket to lunch in the park nearby.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting From the Airport

At the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, you can rent a car, take a bus or choose private transportation. The buses take you downtown to Los Héroes subway station for CLP $1,800 and leave every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (and hourly overnight). After you pass customs, you’ll see several companies offering official private and shared transportation options, with rates varying according to the distance. Avoid informal taxis outside the arrivals area.

Public Transportation

The subway offers fast, reliable service. Since it’s connected to the bus system, Transantiago, you can transfer from the subway to a bus for free. You can also transfer from bus to subway, for little to no cost up to 90 minutes after the start of your trip. To use the system, buy a Bip! card at any subway station for CLP $1,500 and keep a sufficient balance on it.

Taxis

Ride-sharing apps are commonly used but not legal yet, although Cabify vehicles are registered with the Ministry of Transport. While there are many taxis available on the streets, you’re best off ordering one using the app SaferTaxi, since its drivers are identified and rated. Though more expensive, radio taxis are reliable, too.

Radiotaxi Al Minuto: 56-2-2519-9300
Radiotaxi CentrOriente: 56-2-2622-0022

Bikes

Make use of Santiago’s many bike lanes and download the MoBike app, which lets you rent for longer stays, or you can pay CLP $399 for every 20 minutes. (There’s also a one-time refundable deposit of CLP $9,990). When you’re finished riding, just park your bike in a public space.

Canadian Andrea Palmer, CEO of Awake Labs, takes us to her favourite spots.

By Alison Robins

Andrea Palmer is the founder of Awake Labs, a company dedicated to autism health, and the creator of a wearable device called Reveal that monitors anxiety in autistic children. With the S Factory, a Chilean start-up program for female entrepreneurs, she developed a prototype alongside data scientists in Santiago. “It’s the largest city in Chile, but each comuna has a different feeling and something unique to discover.”

1. Parque Bicentenario

My colleagues from the S Factory and I packed a picnic and spent our spare time building an underwater robot to test out in the park’s North lagoon, where locals race their remote-control boats amid swans and flamingos. It’s a great spot in upmarket Vitacura to spend the day lounging on lawn chairs under big umbrellas, away from the busy city.

Av. Bicentenario 3800

2. Centro Artesanal Santa Lucía

There are tons of booths selling local handicrafts, like lapis lazuli jewellery, copper goods, handcrafted leather and colourful indigenous items with Mapuche prints – all great souvenirs to bring home. The ceilings are low and the hallways are narrow so it’s crowded, but there’s a fun energy. And it’s right by the Santa Lucía Hill, one of a few spots that offers 360-degree views of the city.

Alameda 510, 56-2-263-26618

3. Holm Ensaladería

This is an amazing brunch spot that doubles as a bakery. Most of the bread in Santiago is white, but Holm makes really delicious breads with ingredients like nuts and whole grains. The last time I went, I had the lentil-pea hummus with whole-wheat bread that has sesame seeds baked inside the dough. The meal was massive but so good I ordered seconds.

Padre Mariano 125, 56-9-4227-4411

4. Mesón Nerudiano

I love the mystical atmosphere at this restaurant modelled after the interior of poet Pablo Neruda’s home. The patio has a waterfall and is surrounded by trees, so it feels like you’re in a forest outside of the city. Try the pisco sour and a shrimp ceviche while live Chilean folk music plays in the background.

Calle Domínica 35, 56-2-737-150-42

Weather in Santiago

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Mar 23, 2020

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Mar 31, 2020

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Mar 11, 2020

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May 26, 2020

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