Nine years ago, before becoming such a big tourist attraction, this Santiago barrio was a quiet, rather Bohemian locale with some good restaurants, lots of bars spilling onto the street, filled mostly with students from the nearby University of Chile Law School. Now the Patio Bellavista has become a big tourist attraction, with lots of chi chi restaurants, bars, high-priced galleries. It can be interesting, if you like that sort of thing, and I still go to eat at a couple of the restaurants where Santiago "cuisine" has really improved. But watch your wallet, as wherever tourists congregate, so do pick pockets. I lost a wallet there that was in a fanny pack, worn for 5 minutes at the back--it should have been in front! But I had just come from a restaurant. This area is also full of discoteques--a good place to party if you are young and not stupid.
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