Barrio Bellas Artes
Welcome to Santiago, strayed Amigo! Maybe you don’t have so much time here? It would be unfortunate if you spent most of your time in the WRONG Barrios. We give you a blog series of the lowdown of what to do in each Barrio (neighbourhood). Offering our local knowledge and giving our top recommendations so you know what to expect and where to go.
Introducing BARRIO BREAKDOWN #4 – BELLAS ARTES
Maybe it would be far fetched to state that Bellas Artes and Lastarria are the centre of the universe… I will state that it is TRULY the centre of Santiago though. Hosting a selection of museums, political buildings and restaurants. This Barrio is not just a hotbed for culture and politics. You will also find a pattern of artists and intellects strolling around their picturesque ‘Parque Forestal’. You would be LOCO (and maybe a little lost) if you came to Santiago without checking this place out. You can spend the day here and not run out of things to do.
Drink at Bar The Clinic.It began as a politically controversial newspaper back in the days Pinochet was alive and is still printed every Thursday. It has now opened up as a bar with venues in Santiago and Valparaiso. The bar hosts an array of eventsweather it be film showings, live music concerts, book readings or art installations. You will leave this place visually, intellectually and gastronomically satisfied. TIP: Take a pisco sour!
Relax at Baños Miraflores. A turkish bath that has been around for decades. With reasonable prices, enjoy a hot steam bath or take a massage. Go here to find out how the Chileans like to spend their downtime. Replenish with a Orange/Carrot juice at the bar, or do what I do and take a beer (I find it helps for cooling down…)
Climb Santa Lucia Hill for a relaxing hike for any age. It isn’t without reward though with a perfect 360 degree of the city (go on a clear day). On the weekends there are market stalls at the bottom to collect souvenirs and local products.
Museo Bellas Artes and GAM Cultural Centre are the main tourist pull here, but there is so much more. Check out some wholesome food stores , glorious coffee shops, interesting bookshops, a very special art gallery and maybe a yoga studio.