Santiago Area Map
Santiago is composed of distinctive barrios, each with its own personality. While there are 32 neighborhoods vying for your attention, the city's most popular attractions pepper the districts skirting the Mapocho River. The city's main corridor, Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins (or the Alameda), winds through Santiago's central district and forms an east-west channel through the downtown area, making a great reference point for first-time visitors. You'll probably spend most of your time strolling along this central thoroughfare as it leads to many notable landmarks, like San Francisco Church and the Renaissance-inspired Municipal Theater of Santiago. There are also many affluent areas situated northeast of the city center – including Las Condes – that are worth exploring for their upscale shopping, dining and nightlife scenes.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 1 line at Unión Latino Americana and República stations.
Buzzing with activity at all hours, these two neighborhoods on the north side of the Alameda – which is west of Santiago's central district – attract visitors with their chic cafes, blend of neoclassical and baroque architecture, vibrant street art and affordable accommodations. Students tend to congregate here, especially on the weekends. During your visit to Yungay, check out the moving Museum of Memory and Human Rights. And while you're in Brasil, explore the smaller Concha y Toro district, a sophisticated area known for its cobbled streets.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 3 and 5 lines at Plaza de Armas station.
Santiago's central district is characterized by political sights and notable landmarks, making it an excellent jumping-off point for first-time visitors. This neighborhood is anchored by the lively Plaza de Armas, around which you'll find museums (like the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art), government buildings, religious institutions (such as the Metropolitan Cathedral) and shopping areas. Once you've taken in the Plaza de Armas' sights, head southwest to La Moneda Palace. Then, continue south past the Alameda to the quaint París-Londres neighborhood – located between Prat and Santa Rosa streets – which charms visitors with its cobbled streets and tranquil gardens. You'll also want to venture north of the Plaza de Armas to check out the bustling Central Market.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 1 line at Universidad Católica station.
Head east of the Plaza de Armas to reach Lastarria, a popular stop for those seeking optimal photo-ops. The main attraction here is Santa Lucía Hill, a hilltop park with panoramic views of downtown Santiago. Another selling point: the area's bookstores, bars and restaurants, which give the neighborhood a lively, artsy atmosphere.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 2 and 5 lines at Patronato and Bellas Artes stations.
Bellavista is a hip, bohemian district situated just north of Lastarria. It's filled with museums (including La Chascona Museum House) and fashionable shops, galleries and restaurants. Pío Nono, the area's main drag, is a great place to grab a meal, while Patio Bellavista offers a cluster of vibrant eateries, bars and boutiques. During your visit, be sure to ride the funicular to the top of San Cristóbal Hill for incredible city vistas.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 1, 4, 5 and 6 lines at Santa Isabel, Parque Bustamante, Salvador, Manuel Montt, Pedro de Valdivia, Cristóbal Colón, Francisco Bilbao and Inés de Suárez stations.
A lively neighborhood located east of Santiago's city center and southwest of Las Condes and Vitacura, Providencia draws foodies looking for a memorable meal at a trendy restaurant or drinks from a local bar. Known for its European ambiance, especially in the Italian district, this barrio beckons to visitors looking for an upscale place to stay and easy access to top city attractions, including the Costanera Center, which is home to a variety of shops and Sky Costanera.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 lines at Ñuble, Irarrázaval, Monseñor Eyzaguirre, Ñuñoa, Chile-España, Villa Frei, Plaza Egaña and Los Orientales, Grecia, Simón Bolivar, Principe de Gales and Estadio Nacional stations.
South of Providencia, this flourishing yet laid-back neighborhood features a multitude of nightclubs and dining establishments, most of which can be found by Plaza Ñuñoa in the heart of the district. Ñuñoa is also where you'll find Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Chile's national stadium. The venue hosts both soccer matches and concerts.
Accessible via Santiago Metro's No. 1 and 4 lines at Francisco Bilbao, Cristóbal Colón, Tobalaba, El Golf, Alcántara, Escuela Militar, Hernando de Magallanes and Los Dominicos stations.
Venture northeast of Providencia to visit Las Condes, a high-end residential area known for its sleek high-rises, swanky five-star hotels and relaxing Araucano Park. For the best eats in Las Condes, pick a restaurant along El Bosque Norte, Apoquindo and Isidora Goyenechia avenues. Head north of Las Condes and you'll find Vitacura, a venerable commercial and culinary destination with gardens and tree-lined streets. Within Vitacura, you'll discover an array of luxury hotels, boutiques and galleries, plus sprawling Bicentenario Park. For a refined meal in Vitacura, consider one of the fine dining establishments at BordeRío, which houses a number of restaurants that dish up everything from Italian to Japanese cuisine.
Santiago is a relatively safe city with very few instances of violent crime. However, petty crimes like muggings and carjackings are becoming more common. You should be especially wary of pickpockets, who often target public transportation and well-trafficked tourist spots like the Central Market, Santa Lucía Hill, the Plaza de Armas and San Cristóbal Hill. Also be sure to stay alert if you plan on exploring Bellavista or Lastarria after dark, since petty thieves tend to frequent these neighborhoods.
Political protests are becoming increasingly more common in large Chilean cities like Santiago. These demonstrations typically occur with little advance notice and may become unsafe at times. They also tend to cause metro service disruptions, road blocks and even early closures at shops, restaurants and banks. To minimize the impact this may have on your vacation, sign up for the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, monitor local media before and during your trip, avoid demonstrations and contact your airline for updates about potential flight delays, especially if you're also traveling to remote Chilean destinations like Easter Island and Chilean Patagonia. Learn more about how to stay safe in Chile by visiting the State Department's website.
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