Santiago Travel Guide
Shopping in Santiago is a mixture of the
old and new as bustling craft markets sit in the shadow of
brand-new megamall complexes. The city is a major shopping
destination, and visitors will find everything from tacky tourist
items to high-end local brand names and international labels.
There are more than a few shopping malls in
Santiago. The air-conditioned centres are popular on hot days, and
most have food courts and movies to entertain children while their
parents shop. Alto Las Condes and Parque Arauco are two of the
biggest and best of Santiago's malls, with more than one hundred
shops in each and a variety of entertainment options. Mall Vivo
Panoramico is a good shopping centre to find mid-range items, and
the 'Drugstore' on Avenida Providencia has a range of funky
boutiques. Malls in Santiago are open seven days a week.
For tourists looking more for handicrafts
than haute couture, Santiago has a few good craft markets that are
great places to visit on a nice day. Patio Bellavista has a wealth
of locally made goods, and is a good place to find souvenirs as
well as good restaurants. Pueblito de los Dominicos, which is made
up of small stores located inside an attractive old convent, also
promises a wonderful array of local crafts in a picturesque
setting. For cheap (but sometimes less authentic) souvenirs, Feria
Artesanal Santa Lucía, on Cerro Santa Lucía, is
another popular market with visitors.
Sought-after souvenirs include jewellery
made with locally mined lapis lazuli, folk art, and alpaca scarves
and jerseys. Chilean wine from the region around Santiago is also a
good souvenir, particularly from well-regarded wineries such as
Casa Julia and EQ.