6 Reasons Why You'll Love Santiago | Chile, South America | Lightfoot Travel
Apart from the fact you can now fly direct from London and Melbourne, here are six more reasons why you need to hot foot it to Chile
01
AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANTS

When you have chefs such as Rodolfo Guzman whipping up dishes in the city (his restaurant Borago was named No#2 in Latin America), you know that the dishes won’t disappoint. If you can’t get a table at Borago, check out Liguria  that serves reasonably priced Chilean bistro-style fare; and Casaluz Bar & Cocina, which is set in a former Colonial home.

 

 

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02
BEST STREET EATS

Expect to come home carrying some excess kg, for Santiago serves up some of the tastiest street food around. Get loco for cheese stuffed empanadas, sopaipilla (deep-fried pumpkin dough) and porotos ranados (white bean stew).

 

 

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03
SHOWSTOPPING STREET ART

Instagram alert! Take a trip to the open air museum – Museo a Cielo Abierto, to see 22 murals for free. Famed Chilean artists Mario Toral and Roberto Matta are just two of the artists who have worked their magic on the buildings.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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04
PLACE TO PARTY

If you are looking for a fun night out, head to the boho quarter of the city. Loved by tourists and locals alike, the Patio Bellavista enclave, comes alive with live bands, chic restaurants and galleries. If you want to do some sightseeing at the same time, head to Azotea Matilde, a rooftop bar that offers panoramic views of the city.

 

 

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05
FINE WINE

When it comes to wine Chile is hard to beat. But if you take a seat at the bar or on the terrace of  La Mision you will be able to find out for yourself as this hip bar stocks more than 250 wines from across the Americas in its cellar.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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06
SKIING… YES, REALLY

Switch the shops for the slopes within 60 minutes – take a day trip to Valle Nevado. You can swoosh down the slopes, then stop for a pisco sour in the mountain restaurant before you leave the Andes behind and go back to the city.

 

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