Seeking neighborhood in Chile: easy bicycling & good restaurants
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 8:17 PM Last Post By: driaki
Nov 1, 2012 9:15 PM
Seeking neighborhood in Chile: easy bicycling & good restaurantsI will be in Santiago for about 2 weeks in January. I have been using Google Street View to explore, but all the recommended neighborhoods (Providencia, etc) feel very residential and spread out. Ideally, I would like to walk out of my apartment and see bars and restaurants and a "downtown" feeling. Imagine like the the lower east side of Manhattan.
Is there a comparable neighborhood in Santiago? Will I be ok there with no car, just a bicycle? Thank you!
Nov 2, 2012 5:49 AM
You mean hotel or hostel or apartment hotel?
Try Bellavista or Lastarria
Nov 2, 2012 8:26 PM
2Metro will take you anywhere. Bike only near your neigborhood but enough to enjoy. No car is needed>
Apartments are easy to find and better than hotels...$ 4-700 per week are available. Try vrbo.com/ santiago. Providencia is good , busy and modern , residentiall but shopping malls and more everywhere. It is away from downton . Suggest staying around Pedro de Valdivia Metro station, a very decent location. From here you can safely bike along park type avenues ( forgot names but I have done them ) then bike up to Cerro San Cristobal, a city/zoo mountain in Bellavista neighborhood...another desirable area for night life and restaurants.
Nov 3, 2012 2:58 PM
3You guys are so right about Bellavista, it looks beautiful! I've been able to find some apartments that sit right between Bellavista and Providencia for a pretty good price.
Nov 5, 2012 11:11 AM
4Also check out barrio brasil and barrio yungay! Both very cultural and great for cycling and barrio yungay has a cultural heritage route which you can cycle or walk. Bellavista (also arty & cultural) is more central though, if you're also looking to explore providencia etc.
Nov 8, 2012 8:17 PM
- Lastarria: charming area, close to everything, great bars and restaurants, 2 metro stations, close to the park.
- Bellas Artes: same as above
- Bellavista: lovely, but it can be a little noisy and dangeorus at night.
- Brasil: absolutely nice, quiet neighborhood, a little outside centro, but with a metro station and plenty of buses.
Providencia is also a good option, but it is comuna (or a district? bigger than a neighborhood), so there are plenty of neighborhoods to choose from.
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