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“Lively bar/disco/restaurant district. The Soho of Santiago” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barrio Bellavista

Barrio Bellavista
Santiago, Chile
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$55*
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing
Ranked #13 of 149 Attractions in Santiago
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This cultural city neighborhood is rich with artists, entertainers and some of chile's best ethnic and local cuisine.
Lima, Peru
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“Lively bar/disco/restaurant district. The Soho of Santiago”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A few blocks packed with places to eat and drink. This is an older district with low buildings which look more colonial than other parts of town. Younger and much livelier than Vitacura, Golf and Condes, and much prettier than Providencia. Chileans warn you about security but it felt fine if you stick to the busy section - you probably have to be careful in the same way as you do in most big cities. You can find all sorts of restaurants for all types of occasion. Bellavista is also famous for its Lapus Lazuli. That part looks shabbier and it is ages since I went but it is a traditional tourist destination (trap)

Visited November 2013
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“Very nice place to stay in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

A very nice place to stay at when visiting santiago. A bar street and a resrurant streent full of lovely food. Also it is hip and trendy. After 6 weeks in South America we were longing for oriental food. Barrio Bellaista had it all. Asian and turcish. mmmmmmmmmmmm

Visited November 2013
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“Fun and Funky Neighborhood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Great neighborhood for walking, craft market, happy hour, dinner....you name it. At the foot of San Cristobal Hill.

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“For Foodies and Street Mural Fans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Strolling the streets of Bellavista is a feast for both the eyes and body. Not only are Santiago's most amazing small restaurants here, but so are blocks and blocks of showcase eclectic, sometimes haunting, murals spanning walls and enveloping houses.

My best advice is to give yourself plenty of time in Bellavista, and don't expect to dash in and out for lunch and a few snapshots. This Barrio of Santiago is definitely on "Chilean time," the lack of haste or punctuality that marks so much of the easy culture in Chile -- but is perceived a black hole-like time dilation that makes uptight foreigners crazy.

Chilean time in Bellavista can turn a lunch into a mind-altering 3-hour parade of edible sculpture. An example is Resto Peumayen, one of the most impressive restaurants I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. I actually daydream still about that lunch. :) Also here are more informal restaurants, what I would describe as Chilean diners, where you can order Pastel del Choclo and fight for elbow room as you dig into its deep-pan depths. But again, don't expect fast service.

Walking the streets, one must always be careful in Santiago. Don't wear loose jewelry or earrings that can be pulled out, and keep your bags closed and tight to you. That said, I walked alone for over an hour enjoying and photographing the colorful murals and graffiti-houses in Bellavista without feeling unsafe.

The steps to the San Cristobal Hill are here, as are the plastic tat and cheap food standard to all tourist traps. But also here is the museum of Pablo Neruda. I found very little souvenir shopping, save a wonderful folk art shop just outside the Neruda museum. From what I could tell by the number of nightclubs and bars is that Bellavista truly comes alive at night and doesn't need to cater to strolling daytime window shoppers like me.

Bottom line: leave your watch at home, and come to Bellavista to fill up on Chilean culture and cuisine.

Visited March 2013
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“Great neighbor for dining or a coffee break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Definitely a nice place for eating lunch or dinner... for walking and La chascona (Neruda's House-Museum) is there....

Visited October 2013
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