Barrio Brazil / Yungay
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 #7 -BARRIO BRAZIL + YUNGAY
Barrio Brasil was given it’s label due to all the street names, named after places in Brazil. You won’t get so much Brazilian vibes when you get there. More of a smash between funky + run down but without a feeling of danger (a popular place for families even). Think Brooklyn before it got popular. Here you are going to find an awesome bar + park atmosphere. Brazil and Yungay are located next to each other on the Westside of town. 2 Barrio’s that go hand in hand both geographically and culturally.
The coolest restaurant go barber shop in town – Head to Peluqueria Francesa to get a taste of history and some fine tasting food. The place is an interior designer’s dream and most people take a walk around the place before sitting down to their meal. TIP – Don’t miss a trip to their bathroom, it will be a memorable pee!
A day at the museum’s. Santiago is a host to some amazing and moving museums and if you’re into that, don’t miss a trip to Parque Quinta Normal. The park is home to 5 Museums (Artequin, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Historia Natural, Museo Ferroviario, Museo de Ciencia y Tecnología and Jardín Botánico) Our personal favourite is the memorial museum located just outside the park. The museum was created in order for people to remember the Pinochet Dictatorship and all those who were killed and tortured and affected by it. A very powerful few hours that is both educational and emotional. The exterior of the building is also incredible. TOP TIP: Museums in Santiago are all shut on Mondays.
Plaza Brazil – Is the centre square of Barrio Brasil located off the main street Cathedral. This place often holds Ferias (legal and illegal). It has a playground for children and this is a gathering spot for the stoners/ artists/ musicians. A perfect place to people watch and get a taste of the Chilean culture.