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20 Must-Visit Attractions In Santiago, Chile

Picture of Elizabeth Trovall
Updated: 31 January 2017
Nestled within Chile’s central valley, Santiago is a beautiful city to explore and take in the view, especially after it rains and the Andes mountains stand tall and brilliant in the distance. After decades of attracting tourists with the country’s stunning geographic diversity, Chile’s capital has grown into an emerging tourist destination all on its own and a great jumping off point for countrywide travels. Whether here for one night or one week, don’t let this South American city’s charms elude you. Culture Trip highlights here the must-see spots for travellers to Santiago.
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Parque Bicentenario

This immaculate green park is ideal for a peaceful afternoon stroll. Located in the upscale Vitacura neighbourhood, Bicentenario Park is free and open to the public. The park features thousands of trees, sculptures and even a lake with flamingos.

Parque Bicentenario, Bicentenario, Santiago, Chile

Bicentenary Park with Santiago de Chile Amazing Skyline | 130629-4889-jikatu © Jimmy Baikovicius

Bicentenary Park with Santiago de Chile’s amazing skyline | © Jimmy Baikovicius

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Los Dominicos Village

From Aymara textiles to three-legged pigs from Pomaire, the Los Dominicos Village market offers a wide variety of traditional Chilean artisan goods, just outside the Los Dominicos metro station. Enjoy popping into the different artist shops and learn more about Chilean culture while perusing the wares on offer. Live musicians will sometimes emerge and play traditional Chilean tunes. Grab a chair and a coffee at one of the market eateries and enjoy.

Los Dominicos Village, Apoquindo Oriente 8562-8908, Santiago, Chile

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La Vega Central Market

Exploring the expansive La Vega Central produce market is a full-on sensory experience, offering diverse sights, sounds, flavours and textures. Try a traditional Peruvian pepper, buy a kilo of fresh strawberries or feast on some traditional Chilean cuisine at the market’s eating area.

La Vega Central, Antonia López de Bello 743, Santiago, Chile

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Santa Lucia Market

Though similar to the Los Dominicos Village, the Santa Lucia Market is less about the ambiance and more about the inexpensive handicrafts and trinkets available for purchase. Located across the street from the Santa Lucia hill, this market is centrally located and excellent for buying small gifts for friends.

Feria Artesanal Santa Lucía, corner of Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’higgins & Carmen, Santiago, Chile

mercado central © Davidlohr Bueso

Mercado Central © Davidlohr Bueso

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Mercado Central de Santiago

Find some of the freshest fish in the country at Santiago’s Central Market. Sit down at one of the local restaurants for a delicious dining experience or take home a fish to fry yourself if your accommodation is equipped with a kitchen.

Mercado Central de Santiago, Ismael Valdes Vergara 900, Santiago, Chile

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Cerro San Cristóbal

Offering arguably the best view of Santiago, climb up the San Cristobal Hill on foot or pay to take the funicular. Atop the hill, pay respects to La Virgen and her sanctuary, which overlooks the city. Move on to the lookout area and take in the view while tasting the traditional Chilean drink mote con huesillos. The hill includes a city park, pool and a metropolitan zoo as well.

Cerro San Cristóbal, Calle Pio Nono 450, Santiago, Chile

Barrio Lastarria

This gorgeous European-style neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best shops and restaurants in addition to an active street market. Try a wine flight at local wine bar Bocanáriz and learn about the pisco rivalry at the Chilean-Peruvian restaurant Chipe Libre. For coffee, dessert or a tasty meal, stop by top-rated nearby café and restaurant, Hibrido (formerly Colmado).

Bocanáriz José Victorino Lastarria 276, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2638 9893

Chipe Libre Républica Independiente del Pisco, José Victorino Lastarria 282, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2664 0584

Hibrido (Colmado), Merced 346, Santiago, Chile +56 8094918955

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La Piojera

Once visited by Chilean President Arturo Alessandri Palma, this place seems anything but presidential. With a name that literally translates to ‘fleahouse’, calling La Piojera a dive bar would be generous. That doesn’t stop it from drawing in a fascinating array of international and Chilean travelers, however. Order the classic Chilean drink, the terremoto, which includes pineapple ice cream, pipeño white wine and your choice of either grenadine or Fernet.

La Piojera, Aillavilú 1030, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2698 1682

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La Peluqueria Francesa (Boulevard Lavaud Restaurant)

This historic French barbershop has transformed over the last two centuries to become a stylish restaurant and cultural space, though limited barbershop services are still available. Enjoy a chic evening dinner at the Boulevard Lavaud Restaurant or stop by during the day for a cheese plate with wine.

Boulevard Lavaud Restaurant, Compañia de Jesús 2789, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2682 5243

Plaza de Armas, Santiago © Turismo Chile

Plaza de Armas, Santiago | © Turismo Chile

Plaza de Armas

Located in Santiago’s historic city center, Plaza de Armas has recently undergone renovations to restore some of its classic beauty. Be on the lookout for local street performers and artists and if mass isn’t going on, pop into the gorgeous Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, which faces the Plaza de Armas square.

Cerro Santa Lucia

A shorter climb than Cerro San Cristobal, getting atop this hill and park is a bit less strenuous and time-consuming. With remains of an old castle on top, the Santa Lucia hill is a charming setting for a peaceful afternoon picnic or early-evening stroll.

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Located in Parque Forestal, the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts is free for visitors and offers a wonderful introduction to prominent Chilean and South American artists. The museum’s structure dates back to 1910 and is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, José Miguel de la Barra 650, Santiago, Chile +56 9 8858 9974

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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Sharing the same building as the Fine Arts Museum, entrance to the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art is at the back side of the building inside Parque Forestal. The museum, which counts nearly 3,000 pieces in its permanent collection, is curated by the arts faculty of the University of Chile and features both national and international artists.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Ismael Valdés Vergara 506, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2977 1755

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La Chascona

Learn about the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda through this in-depth tour of his Santiago home. Tours of Neruda’s houses in Valparaiso and Isla Negra are also available for all the poetry geeks out there.

La Chascona, Fernando Márquez de La Plata 0192, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2777 8741

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Parque Quinta Normal

Ride paddle boats, find some shade under a tree or and check out one of the museums in this laid-back park. The unique historic structures within this park are part of what make it quirky, fun to explore and ideal for snapping some photographs.

Parque Quinta Normal, Avenida Matucana 520, Santiago, Chile +56 9 7645 5129

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Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a free and new museum that helps both foreigners and locals better understand and process the horrors of Chile’s 17-year dictatorship, which ended in 1990. English-language audio tours are also available and can be purchased at the museum entrance.

Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Avenida Matucana 501, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2597 9600

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El Huaso Enrique

Enjoy traditional cueca dancing and live folkloric music in addition to tasting local Chilean dishes. Reserve a table ahead of time to ensure a good view of the dance floor. El Huaso Enrique also offers cueca dance classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Restaurant El Huaso Enrique, Maipú 462, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2681 5257

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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Understand pre-Colombian culture and become better acquainted with Latin America’s rich diversity at this museum dedicated to pre-Colombian art and artefacts.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Bandera 361, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2928 1500

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Patio Bellavista

Filled with trendy rooftop restaurants and welcoming shops aimed at out-of-towners, Patio Bellavista is located at the heart of Chilean nightlife. This bustling tourist spot is a great first-night activity while adjusting to cultural differences and the local language.

Patio Bellavista, Providencia, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile +56 2 2249 8700

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La Peña del Nano Parra

Hear traditional Chilean cumbia music at this beloved Chilean music venue. A great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night out in Bellavista, La Peña del Nano Parra offers an authentic local experience. Entrance fees are cheap (usually under ten US dollars) and concert-goers can often catch multiple musical acts in one night.

La Peña del Nano Parra, Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 80, Santiago, Chile +56 02 2777 5050