Where to stay in Santiago, Chile — Best areas for food, fun, and more
Serving as the capital, as well as the cultural, political, and economic center of Chile, Santiago is the largest and most densely populated city in all of the country. Chile is one of the most stable countries in South America, and it is a country that keeps demonstrating development and economic growth. Placed between the mountains and the ocean, Chile, and Santiago, have more than enough natural sites to show to the ever-increasing number of tourists.
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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Santiago
Santiago is an interesting blend of traditional and contemporary, thanks to which it can offer a wide variety of people a lot of different and exciting things to do and see. On the one hand, it is surrounded by a mountainous terrain which is great for outdoor-loving and adventure-seeking people. On the other hand, it has a large number of restaurants, cafes, shops, markets, museums, and so on, for those more relaxed, and chill tourists.
Here are our picks for the 5 best neighborhoods:
- Barrio Buenavista
- Barrio Brasil
|Centro||An excellent starting point for first-time visitors.|
|Bellavista||Although it is a small area, it is considered to be the cultural heart of Santiago.|
|Providencia||A great neighborhood for people who want to stay in Santiago for an extended period of time.|
|Barrio Buenavista||A great neighborhood for those who want to party and have fun.|
|Barrio Brasil||For travelers on a budget.|
Getting around Santiago
Santiago has a great public transportation system which enables you to get around town pretty easily. Head to any subway station and get a bip! card that you can recharge and use for more than one person; you just have to scan it twice when entering the subway or bus.
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Where to stay in Santiago for the first time — Centro
Out of all the areas in Santiago, Centro is the most tourist-oriented. If you are thinking of visiting Chile and Santiago but you are unsure of where to start — then this neighborhood might be the best option for you. There are a number of shops, markets, tourist attractions, and historic landmarks — something for everybody’s taste.
Things to see and do in Centro
Here are some of our suggestions:
- Eat at the Central Market
- Visit the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
- Stroll through the Parque Forestal
Located in the heart of Santiago, this market offers some of the best dishes from the famous Chilean cuisine. This market sells predominantly seafood, however, you can also find fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other knick-knacks.
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Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
This grand building houses some of the finest works of art from Chilean culture and history, as well as some pieces of art from Italy, Spain, and Africa.
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Located just across from the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, this is one of the most popular spots among tourists for unwinding and relaxing. Here you can see families spending time together, having a picnic, kids playing, young people hanging out; occasionally there will also be a street musician playing some music. All in all, a relaxing way to spend a day.
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Where to stay in Centro
Santiago has a plethora of options when it comes to accommodation. You can find apartments that are in the heart of the city or slightly away from the center, depending on your preferences. The average price per night is around $55.
Here are some of our picks:
Affordable: this apartment is close to the metro, shops, and tourist attractions.
Mid-range: a sunny and spacious apartment close to everything you need.
Luxury: a modern apartment with an excellent view in the heart of Santiago.
Where to stay in Santiago — bohemian edition — Bellavista
Bellavista is more of a bohemian and artistic area than other, more tourist-oriented neighborhoods in Santiago. You can recognize it thanks to its colorful and dynamic murals, bright and vibrant houses and buildings. This is the area where you will find a lot of young and artistic people.
Things to see and do in Bellavista
Here are some suggestions for places to visit in Bellavista:
- Bellavista street art
- Visit the house of national poet Pablo Neruda
- Shop at Pio Nono
Bellavista street art
A perfect spot for art and street art lovers. Gaze at the interesting and captivating murals painted by professional artists and up-and-coming artists.
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House of Pablo Neruda
Visit the house of national poet and icon Pablo Neruda. No prior reservations are required, visitations work on the principle of first-come, first-served.
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Pio Nono is lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants. There is also a market that sells lots of handcrafted items, so make sure to check it out.
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Where to stay in Bellavista
If you decide to stay in Bellavista you don’t have to worry about finding a place, since there is a decent selection to choose from. Also, Bellavista is quite affordable when it comes to accommodation. The average price per night is $39.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Affordable: Pariwana Hostel Santiago
Mid-range: a cozy apartment furnished with everything you need.
Where to stay in Santiago long term — Providencia
As the financial center of Santiago, Providencia is incredibly significant when it comes to commerce. This is also largely a residential area so there aren’t that many tourist attractions. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to do or places to visit. If you decide to move here you will get the opportunity to experience Santiago in a more authentic and local way.
Things to see and do in Providencia
Although Providencia isn’t full of tourist attractions there are still plenty of things to do. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Shop at Mall Costanera Center
- Drink at Bar Liguria
- Visit the Festival de Jazz de Providencia
Mall Costanera Center
Shop at this 6-floor shopping mall that also offers a great panoramic view of the city.
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Head out for some drinks and dinner at this charming bar.
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Festival de Jazz de Providencia
This festival is typically organized during the summer. Visit this festival and have fun with locals and international visitors.
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Where to stay in Providencia
Despite being the financial center and residential area for many middle-class families, Providencia can still offer some affordable accommodation options.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Affordable: Ají Hostel – Simple dorms & private rooms in a bright, informal hostel offering complimentary breakfast & Wi-Fi.
Mid-range: this apartment is in a great location for walking around and exploring the city.
Luxury: Hotel Boutique Le Reve Hotel
Sophisticated rooms in an upmarket hotel offering a bar & a courtyard garden, plus free breakfast.