Shoppers may be initially put off by the Centro's uninspiring shopping streets, pedestrianized Ahumada and Huérfanos, not to mention Santiago's overall megamall addiction, but there are fantastic indie stores with made-in-Chile goods at places like Providencia's Galería Drugstore or Barrio Italia's Estacion Italia. For seriously cheap clothes, head to the Korean and Palestinian immigrant area of Patronato, west of Bellavista.

Traditional Arts & Crafts

The top-quality Chilean crafts you can find in Santiago include hand-woven alpaca shawls, Mapuche silver jewelry, lapis lazuli jewelry, wooden bowls, ceramics, leatherwork and copperware. These are best purchased at Pueblito Los Dominicos or the Artesanías de Chile stores located at Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda and the airport.