The Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos is like a little souvenir shopping village. It has a nice atmosphere and is laid out nicely for tourists to wander around. There are a few restaurants so you can eat Empanadas (a local dish) and sometimes that have entertainment in the "square".
What to buy: You can buy silver items, jewellery, pottery, paintings, leather goods, clothing etc.
What to pay: Depends on what you want to buy. It is a nice place to walk around and visit though even if you don't buy anything.
Parque Arauco is one of the nicest malls in Santiago and a place I frequent. I go there for the department stores (I prefer Falabella but there is also Paris and Ripley at Parque Arauco).
There are tons of shops and restaurants and also has an ice-skating rink and movie theatre there.
Best kept craft secret in santiago. this is a small art & craft studio located in the barrio parque forestal near Lastarria, it has a selection of the most beautiful jewelry, accesories and decorative objects made according to a tradictional craft from the south of Chile: hand woven horsehair.
What to buy: brocches, necklaces, earrings, souvenirs, decoration
With five people in tow, I didn't take as much time to look for books as I usually do but as we were walking around downtown Santiago, I spotted the Libreria Chilena and decided to go in for a few minutes. Turns out I'd picked a pretty good spot as there were plenty of books on sale and 5 minutes later, I had bought three brand new books for about US$8. When I came home and started looking for the bookstore's address (which I still haven't found!) I stumbled upon a few Websites and quickly realized that this was the very same bookstore that was featured in season 7 (episode 2) of the Amazing Race, along with Cerro San Cristobal, the Mercado Central and Cerro Santa Lucia, when contestants were taken to Santiago!!
What to buy: To commerate two of my 2008 trips, I bought Joaquin Edwards Bello's "El Chileno en Madrid" :o)
What to pay: Less than usual - although pretty small, the library seemed to work a bit like a warehouse, which might explain the great prices.
First, I need to explain that I was traveling to Chile with some very well-to-do people and once they found out lapis lazuli was the country's official stone (it can be found in the Andes), they thought buying jewelry would make for some great souvenirs! They were told that Faba was the best place to go in Santiago for lapis lazuli and so they booked an appointment at the jewelry. Faba sent out two cars to pick us up at our hotel and when we got to the jewelry, we were greeted with a cup of pisco sour - there is no denying that they got their customers service right! I'm not one to shop for jewelry but I did take a look around while the others were shopping and saw that many of the items for sale were actually very reasonably priced - Christian got a really nice necklace for his girlfriend and it came to about US$70, which I guess is a pretty good price. The store also had a small local crafts section, but it was a bit more expensive than what I'd seen elsewhere so I didn't buy anything but it was still fun to go through this whole experience and feel like a VIP if only for a few minutes in my life!
What to buy: You can do like my travelmates and look for a piece that's got lapis lazuli on it. Or you can do like me and get something made out of copper, which is Chile's biggest export.
Feria Indigena was written at the entrance of this lower part of Cerro Santa Lucia, next to the great neptun-fountain (see my last picture for the outside of the shop)
What to buy: Here you get all sorts of fine souvenirs, local handicrafts and everybody is welcome to browse through the corridors and nobody will push you to buy anything.
What to pay: prices are the same as in other tourist-places but in fact there are not many such shops for local handicrafts in Santiago, only around Cerro San Cristobal you find some souvenirshops and their prices are a lot higher than here!
Lastarria was mentioned in my guide-book as a special area, where artists are living and selling their works of art in small shops and in fact it has a lot of lovely buildings there and at least on a saturday they have this flea-market of fine works of art .
On my main picture you see the fleamarket in front of that white building and on my 2nd pic is the entrance-gate of the building that you see on my main picture.
What to buy: Fine works of art and good antique things, a great place for all sorts of art.
What to pay: I did not check any prices.
Alto Las Condes, alongside Parque Arauco is one of the best malls in Santiago. It is located kind of inconveniently high up in Las Condes - far from the metro. I get there either by bus or if someone has a car I use that.
The mall is open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00
What to buy: The good thing about this mall is that they have a Jumbo supermarket there which is one of the better supermarkets in Santiago. You can also visit a number of local and international stores for fashion and lifestyle products. There is a movie theatre in the mall also.
Here you can find people who really know about wine, a very wide spectre of diferent wineryes are displayed in this store. prices are ok, about the same price then a supermarket. and sometimes a very good discount also they ´ll provide a very good packaging for your trip.
What to buy: if money is not a problem, carry with you Cabo de hornos of viña San Pedro, Montes Alpha cabernet Sauvignon, ( both very powerfull wines )
Between Antonio Varas and Manuel Montt on each side of Providencia Avenues, you ´ll see plenty of theift shops, all of them are relativelly good, you have to seek a lot but contrairy of what people think they are about the same price of new clothes.
if you really like the Idea of thrift shops then go to bandera ( downtown santiago ) near calle rosas. there you`ll see more then 10 big ones.
In this place youll find almost everithing that you are looking for, you have severall foudcourt and a lot of great restaurants, nightlife also, a lot of brand stores. i dont know if im right or not but i think this is one of the largest shoping malls in southamerica.
This shopping mall is in the Macul winery area and this is why I ended up there. If Macul is closed you get to shop for their wine in the store directly, how convenient!
Despite its Capitalist-grey appearance and shameless copying of the original “North American” structures it has some motives such as imitation of rocky Andean rivers flowing through it. In winter a draw back could be the temperature since the place is designed as an open concept almost throughout except for a couple of big stores and no heat is available.
There are several locations for Mundo del Vino. I usually go to the one in Las Condes.
What to buy: Chilean wine is excellent and the value is probably the best you can get. For the reds, there are excellent Cabernets, Merlots, Sirahs, and Carmenere.
Located in the exclusive neighborhood of La Dehesa, a colorfull shopping mall.
Some of the top shops of Santiago are here.
What to buy: From furnitore to clothes and supermarket stuff.
What to pay: Expect paying a bit more than in the other malls.
You have the choice of modern shopping malls, the Centro Mercado for fish and vegetables, fruits, and many street vendors (safe to eat).
What to buy: shoes, clothes, leather goods,
What to pay: 1000 pesos and up.