Santiago is known for its charms – great food, exquisite gardens, a famous seafood market, and the stunning backdrop of the Andes – but in the past few years, it has become a cultural hotspot.
In celebration of Chile’s bicentennial, the city poured millions of pesos into the construction of new cultural centers, museums and gorgeous parks. The upscale neighborhoods bloomed with stylish new art galleries, the new W Hotel started drawing A-list celebrities to its rooftop bar, and the faded-but-beautiful Barrio Brasil was infused with vibrant public art and funky youth hostels.
Santiago is now more than a stop-off on the way to Chilean Patagonia or the Atacama. With over 3500 restaurants in Santiago alone, your taste buds will delight. From Japanese to Indian and of course Chilean specialty restaurants you will never be far from food heaven. A well-priced Chilean meal at the highly rated Peumayen Restaurant introduces traditional food to the continental pallet and is well-worth the visit.
If you have time to spare, invest in a city tour for the opportunity to take in city highlights with panoramic views from San Cristobal Hill to the handicraft village of Los Graneros del Alba. Try the New W Hotel or a great boutique alternative such as the Le Reve Hotel Boutique, a top-rated boutique hotel with private garden-facing terraces perfect for romance or the travel weary. With quaint restaurants steps away and excellent staff service, you will leave more relaxed than you arrived.
Don’t leave the city without enjoying one of its wine experiences. You can even combine a winery tour with a visit to Valle Nevado Ski Resort if you arrive May through September. It’s the perfect time to experience skiing on the Andes.
Santiago is the newest and hippest stop in South America, so take the time to check it out.