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 #10 -BARRIO REPUBLICA
Republica is where the rich first settled in Santiago and was the original centre of the city. You can’t help but notice the wealth as you walk around. As time has moved on, so has the culture.
Also nicknamed Barrio Universitario because the students have taken over due to the university campus located in the area such as Universidad de las Americas, Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Andrés Bello, DUOC UC and Universidad de Los Lagos. You will find an abundance of young intellects stress smoking cigarettes and enjoying a beer after class. They stay in the large castle like houses and use it as student accommodation. Here you will find the young un’s getting around by bike, foot or metro. The perfect place to grab a cheap drink and meal!
Confitería Torres claims to be Santiago’s 1st restaurant. Beautiful on the eye both inside and out. It was established around 1879, during the pacific wars. A historic restaurant serving classic Chilean cuisine in a silver service manner. It gets some of the best reviews in relation to Chilean Food. (Don’t forget to order one of their mouth watering Pisco Sours).
Have a nose around Palacio Cousiño. This is one of Santiago’s most impressive mansions (and trust me there are a lot of them) Owned by the family of Luis Cousiño. The palace still holds former art pieces, furniture and the style of the wealthy families of the late 19th century.
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende is an art gallery that was created during the socialist Salvador Allende’s presidential election. There were over 2000 pieces given in the president’s honor. They were taken away during the dictatorship however in 2006 they were returned to their rightful home.
Watch the horse races and feel you’re classiest self. Almost at the end of this beautiful neighbourhood stands the fascinating Club Hípico de Santiago “Founded in 1869, it was the place to see and be seen in the Santiago of those years where the Refined and distinguished ladies and gentlemen came together” Make your bet and have a day with a difference.