Culture & Lifestyle – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Shopping in Santiago: the best places to spend your travel budget http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/shopping-in-santiago/ Wed, 31 May 2017 17:20:37 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11556 Generally, we save some time to go shopping when we travel, even more if the destination can offer attractive prices, even better! Many travellers choose Santiago as a shopping destination. In South America, the city is well-known for its competitive prices; principally for clothes and electrical appliances. As a matter of fact, the Chilean capital is [...]

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Generally, we save some time to go shopping when we travel, even more if the destination can offer attractive prices, even better! Many travellers choose Santiago as a shopping destination. In South America, the city is well-known for its competitive prices; principally for clothes and electrical appliances. As a matter of fact, the Chilean capital is known as the Miami of Latin America.

The commercial activity of this dazzling city can suit every taste since all the big brands are represented in the Chilean capital. Sports lovers can also find everything they need and if you wish to buy new shoes, the centre of the city has a large offer. Whether you are a shopping fanatic or just a casual buyer, in this article, we will present to you the main malls of the capital so that you can spend some of your travel budget.


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The Costanera Centre is one of the most important malls of Chile and Latin America / Source: Denomades


One of the most famous shopping centres is the Costanera Center, in the neighbourhood of Providencia. Every floor of this mall is specialised in a different sector: women, men, children, technology and there is even one floor specialised in gifts and presents. The most famous clothing stores are there too, such as H&M and Forever 21.

During your visit to the Costanera Center, you should not miss a visit to the highest viewpoint of Latin America, the Sky Costanera, located in the same building. You will be able to enjoy a 360° sight of Santiago from 300 meters high.

For those of you who are into designer shops, let us recommend you a great place to go shopping in Santiago: the Parque Arauco, located in the neighbourhood of Las Condes. Shops like Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Tous, Armani and much more are waiting for you in the luxury part of the mall.

In this same neighbourhood, you can also go to the Alto Las Condes Mall, a more quiet shopping centre of three floors. This mall is more exclusive and there you can find the most famous department stores in Chile such as Ripley and Falabella – also available in most malls and in the centre of Santiago.

Shopping in Santiago: Sports


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All sports lovers can find their happiness in the Sports Mall of Santiago de Chile / Source: Wikipedia

If you are a sports fanatic, there is a place for you to go shopping in Santiago as well: the Mall Sport, in the neighbourhood of Las Condes. This shopping centre is specialised in bicycles and sports outlets. For instance, you can find the North Face, Adidas, Nike, Billabong and similar brands there.

Besides, inside the shopping mall, you will find a climbing wall, tracks for racing cars and various activities that will make every child happy.

Shopping in Santiago: Footwear

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Have a walk in the Paseo Ahumada and discover the Plaza de Armas as you buy brand new shoes / Source: Instagram – @alecx5


If you’d rather have a walk as you go shopping in Santiago, you should go to the Paseo Ahumada in the centre of the city. This boulevard is located in the heart of Santiago and goes from Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins to the Plaza de Armas. There, you can find even more shops, pubs, restaurants, and street artists.

If you want to take a break from the shopping malls, you can also discover emblematic sites of the city such as the Palacio de la Moneda or the Plaza de Armas. Those wonderful places are top attractions of the Chilean capital and you should take advantage of your time in this neighbourhood to discover them! Besides, if you need to make some currency exchanges, there are a lot of exchange houses in this area.

Shopping in Santiago: Handicrafts


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If you wish to buy handicrafts, Los Dominicos Village is the perfect place to go shopping in Santiago / Source: Wikimedia

If you wish to buy souvenirs and local handicraft items to take back home or to offer to your family and friends, one of the best places to go shopping in Santiago is Los Dominicos Handicraft Village (Pueblito Los Dominicos). This place looks like a little Chilean village with its mud houses and its roofs made of palm leaves: it will be like entering a whole new world. Besides, tens of artisans are working there and can offer you every you need.

You can buy handmade blankets and ceramics, items made out of copper and Mapuche fabric (an indigenous population of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina). In their small workshops, many artisans work in front of the visitors. This will give you the opportunity to discover the traditional techniques used by the locals. This is also a great place to taste some of the typical Chilean gastronomy such as the pastel de choclo (cakes whose main ingredient is corn) or the empanada de pino (made with ground beef).

Los Dominicos Village is opened every day from 10:30 am to 7 pm.

Shopping in Santiago: Outlets

If you do not mind going a little further in order to go shopping in Santiago at the best prices, you should go to the outlets of Buenaventura and Easton centre. There, you can find brands such as Lacoste, Ralph Lauren and sports shops like Nike or Adidas. You can enjoy discounts up to 70% there! Those two outlets are in the Quilicura neighbourhood, 15 km away from the centre of Santiago.

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Shopping in Santiago: Discounts


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The Alto Las Condes Mall is one of the top shopping centres of Santiago de Chile / Source: Viagem Cult, Lucila Runnacles

Unfortunately for fashionistas, you cannot enjoy the Tax-Free refund in Chile like you can in other countries. However, most of the malls offer special discounts for tourists.

To get access to the discounts in the malls, you just have to find the Information Desk and present an ID proving that you are indeed from another country and that you are visiting Chile as a tourist. You will then receive a card that you can use for one week with a brochure listing the shops in which you can have discounts as you go shopping in Santiago. Those discounts can vary between 5% and 20%.

A trip to Chile is the perfect opportunity to have a shopping afternoon in South America. Take our travelling tips into account and make the most of your visit to Chile as you go shopping in Santiago!

Santiago shopping address list

Parque Arauco – Av. Presidente Kennedy, 5413. Barrio Las Condes.
Sky Costanera – Andrés Bello, 2425. Barrio Providencia.
Alto las Condes – Av. Presidente Kennedy, 9001. Barrio Las Condes.
Mall Sport – Av. Las Condes, 13.451. Barrio Las Condes.
Pueblito Los Dominicos – Avenida Apoquindo, 9085. Barrio Las Condes

Buenaventura Outlet – San Ignacio, 500. Barrio Quilicura.
Easton Center – Avenida Presidente Frei, 9709. Barrio Quilicura.

Find here more activites and things to do in Santiago

By: Lucila Runnacles, journalist and author of Viagem Cult blog / Translated to English by Grégory Noël

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The Top 10 Attractions in Santiago http://www.daytours4u.com/en/chile4u/the-top-10-attractions-in-santiago/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:00:08 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=10950 Chile’s charming capital is full of wonderful surprises that will be sure to excite urban explorers. Here are 10 of the best attractions you cannot miss.

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Santiago may not have the same hype as Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro, but this charming capital is full of wonderful surprises. Easily one of the most, if not the most, organised cities in South America, Santiago will win you over with its remarkable location tucked against the towering Andes, its rich history, and the blend of colonial, indigenous and modern architecture. Here are 10 amazing attractions in Santiago that you simply cannot miss.

attractions in SantiagoPlaza de Armas is one of the top attractions in Santiago / Photo by Daytours4u

1. PLAZA DE ARMAS

Santiago’s main square is Plaza de Armas, situated right in the heart of the city. The bustling plaza is bordered by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office, City Hall and the National History Museum. The square is always buzzing with activity and it is a stone’s throw away from many museums, restaurants and other interesting tourist hotspots. Explore the area with our half-day City Tour.

2. LA MONEDA PALACE

The impressive La Moneda Palace, the seat of the President of Chile, is an architectural attraction in and of itself, with its neoclassical design and immaculate grounds. It also holds an important part of Chile’s history, being a key battleground during the 1973 military coup. You can take a free tour of the palace, or visit the Cultural Centre located underneath where there are a number of exhibition spaces.

attractions in SantiagoLearn about Chile’s political history at La Moneda Palace / Photo by Daytours4u

3. SANTA LUCIA HILL

Santa Lucia Hill is a peaceful refuge in the city. Stroll up the hill through the beautifully kept park, popular for a romantic picnic, and climb up to the Torre Mirador (Tower Lookout) for incredible 360 degree views of Santiago. You can also uncover the old fort on the way up; once a key defensive location for the city. The canons today are fired to keep time, at noon every day – don’t get a fright when you hear it go off!

4. NATIONAL FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Situated next to the scenic Parque Forestal is the stunning National Fine Arts Museum (or Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). The museum holds a great permanent collection of Chilean artists from colonial times up to the present, as well as interesting temporary exhibits showcasing local and international artists. The building is an attraction in its own right, with a glass ceiling filtering sunlight into the museum’s main hall.

5. MERCADO CENTRAL

One of the top culinary attractions in the city is the bustling Mercado Central, a large fish market. You can get all manner of fresh fish and seafood here, caught off Chile’s long coastline, or choose to eat in one of the many great seafood restaurants in and around the market. Just across the way you’ll find La Vega Central, a fresh fruit and vegetable market, if you’re looking for something to go with your fish.

attractions in SantiagoTo really get a sense of Santiago’s dramatic location, head up into the hills / Photo by Daytours4u

6. SAN CRISTOBAL HILL

The best view in the city is from San Cristobal Hill. This hill in the north of Santiago is covered by the sprawling Parque Metropolitano (Metropolitan Park). The main attraction, however, is the view. If you’re feeling active, walk up to the top (300m in vertical height), otherwise take the funicular for a scenic ride up. You’ll also find plenty of attractions on the hill, including a zoo, public pools, a Japanese-style garden, a chapel, and an amphitheatre.

7. CHILEAN MUSEUM OF PRE-COLUMBIAN ART

Santiago has many interesting museums including the National History Museum and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. One of the top museums to visit is the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino). Just around the corner from Plaza de Armas, this museum houses ten-thousand years of history from across Latin America, tracing the Pre-Columbian era with its impressive collection of artefacts and art.

8. BELLAVISTA NEIGHBOURHOOD

This bohemian neighbourhood is one of the most popular in the city as it’s in the heart of all the action and is close to many tourist attractions, including the entry point to San Cristobal Hill. Wander down the colourful streets decorated by street art, and browse the shops and artisan stalls. Bellavista is also a foodie heaven with endless restaurants to choose from. Of course what really makes it famous is the nightlife. You’ll find a party here every night of the week. You can sample the wonders of Bellavista with our Cultural Tour.

attractions in SantiagoThe bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista is packed with restaurants, cafés and bars / Photo by Daytours4u

9. CAFÉ CON PIERNAS

One of the most unique attractions in Santiago has to be the Café con Piernas – literally translated as “coffee with legs.” Santiago is famous for this style of coffee shop where the coffee is served by waitresses in short skirts and heels. There are more risque versions where waitresses wear bikinis or lingeries, but the common chains like Cafe Haiti and Cafe Caribe are a bit more conservative. This B-Side Tour of Santiago stops off at one if you want to experience this phenomenon unique to the Chilean capital.

10. LA CHASCONA

Another top attraction in Santiago is La Chascona, one of Pablo Neruda’s houses. Chile’s most famous poet built this house as a hideaway for his mistress, Matilde Urrutia. He named it after her wild, curly hair. Like his other houses, La Chascona has the distinctly quirky feel of Neruda, as well as his love for the sea. Situated in the Bellavista neighbourhood, you can take a tour of the house any day of the week except Mondays.

By: Nicole Eberhard, travel writer and avid explorer, with a Masters in English Literature.

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