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Top Choice Seafood in Santiago

Mercado Central

Santiago's wrought-iron fish market is a classic for seafood lunches (and hangover-curing fish stews like the tomato- and potato-based caldillo de congrio, Pablo Neruda's favorite). Skip the touristy restaurants in …
Top Choice Historic Building in Santiago

La Chascona

When poet Pablo Neruda needed a secret hideaway to spend time with his mistress Matilde Urrutia, he built La Chascona (loosely translated as 'messy hair'), the name inspired by her unruly curls. Neruda, of course, w…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Exquisite pottery from most major pre-Columbian cultures is the backbone of Santiago's best museum, the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. As well as dozens of intricately molded anthropomorphic vessels, star exhib…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago

Museo de la Moda

This slick, privately operated fashion museum comprises a vast and exquisite permanent collection of Western clothing – 20th-century designers are particularly well-represented.
Top Choice Arts Center in Santiago

Centro Gabriela Mistral

This striking cultural and performing arts center – named for Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – is an exciting addition to Santiago's art scene. The…
Top Choice French in Santiago

Peluquería Francesa

This is one of Santiago's more innovative dining experiences. The name means 'French barbershop,' and that's exactly what this elegant corner building, dating from 1868, originally was. Decorated with quirky antique…
Top Choice Cafe in Santiago

Café Mosqueto

This adorable cafe offers a cozy spot on a rainy day, while the sidewalk tables, facing a pedestrian street, provide fantastic people-watching when the sun shines. The pedestrian mall that runs along Mosqueto betwee…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Santiago

Bar The Clinic

This cool, quirky bar and eatery has an intellectual edge – it's the official watering hole of Chilean political magazine The Clinic. You'll be downing classic cocktails and gourmet pub food alongside hipster journa…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Santiago

Artesanías de Chile

Not only do this foundation's jewelry, carvings, ceramics and woolen goods sell at reasonable prices, most of what you pay goes to the artisan that made them. Look for other locations in Santiago and throughout Chil…
Top Choice Chilean in Santiago


Without a doubt one of the most unique culinary experiences in Chile, this Bellavista upstart is innovating Chilean cuisine by looking back to the culinary roots of the Mapuche, Easter Islanders and Quechua.