Barrio Bellavista, Santiago
Crossing the Pio Nona across the Rio Mapocho, you reach the Barrio Bellavista, Santiago's Bohemian Neighbourhood and at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal. Barrio Bellavista has some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. As well as the bars and restaurants, there is La Chascona, one of Pablo Neruida's homes (See separate tip for La Chascona).
This barrio Bellavista is a great area to walk around, and enjoy the beautiful colours in the streets.
Also at night this is the place to be with all the different bars and restaurants.
There is still a special atmosphere in this neighbourhood.
Just watch your stuff at night around Pio Nono.
Coming from Plaza Baquedano you need to cross the bridge over the Rio Mapocho.
And once you crossed the bridge, you immediately see the difference . . . .
Al the colourful houses, cafes, bars and restaurants.
This Bellavista Barrio thanks its name to the Cerro San Christobal (cerro means hill), from where you have a splendid view over the city.
I thought this was by far the most interesting area I got to visit in Santiago. Bellavista is often described as the bohemian and artsy neighborhood of the city. There are lots of restaurants and nightclubs around, and with the university nearby it somehow reminded me of the Latin Quarter in Paris. I thought the architecture was also much more interesting than on the other side of the river since there aren't as many high-rise buildings. I enjoyed my last Cristal beer at "Patio Bellavista", a fairly new spot located just off Pio Nono where you'll find some bars, restaurants, and lots of nice souvenir shops. Some people warned us it was best not to venture on the little side streets at night, but during the day the area felt very safe. In fact, Barrio Bellavista really made me wish I could have spent more time in Santiago since it felt like I was finally beginning to discover the city's soul. Here's to hoping there's a next time!
By night, bohemian Barrio Bellavista's lively restaurants and clubs are a big draw for tourists and locals. Although Santiagans eat late, like all South Americans, there's plenty to do here to fill the hours between sunset and dinner and a walk across the Pio Nono Bridge will give you a great view of the Andes, especially lovely as the light of the setting sun strikes from the west. Come at the weekend and you'll find a handicraft market set up all along the street with lots of good quality items for sale - I couldn't resist a beautifully polished ammonite, not cheap but a lovely big one and wonderfully tactile. Browsing the market stalls, checking out the shops along the main street, a drink in a bar and generally joining the throng enjoying the lively atmosphere will fill the time before you settle down to dinner. Feeling like a change, we opted for the Ali Baba and enjoyed a feast of Middle Eastern dishes cooked up by the chatty Palestinian owner and her crew, but there's plenty of other choices around the barrio.
Come back as we did on a Sunday morning and it's a different scene. Calle Pio Nono's leafy avenue lined with brightly painted buildings is quieter now, the evening buzz and beat replaced by church bells and children's chatter as family groups head for the funicular station at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal at the end of the road. The craft stalls are replaced by balloon and toy sellers. Shopkeepers stand in their doorways, hands clasped behind their back as they wait for the odd customer to cross their threshhold. The revellers of the night before are nowhere to be seen - they're probably sleeping off their late night partying.
Bellavista, the Bohemian flavored neighborhood where Pablo Neruda's "La Chascona" home is located, is well worth a walking tour. The area is filled with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, many with colorful facades. This is where a lot of the club scene is in Santiago. Many shops along the main Av. Pio Nono sell articles of the highly pitched Lapis lazuli stone. Chile is one of the few places that this stone occurs in some quantity, and here it is often found with white and grey veins of chalk. Although still attractive, this intermix of the two is at the low end valuewise for Lapis, so don't overpay for what may be an inferior grade despite the sales pitch. The tented craft area just over the river's bridge to the left (on the Bellavista side) often has the same pieces as the brick and mortar shops...at 25-30% of the shop's pricing! Check out the guy that makes wood burning portraits on masonite of some of Chile's leading characters, Neruda, Allende, Che, and some others I didn't recognize. They're cheap (1.50-4.00 U.S.), make nice gifts, and travel well in a suitcase.
Located in fron of the cerro San cristobal, It is a full Block (area) of restaurants, Pub, Bars, of all type and for all the ages. In the nights always you found a lot of people all around......many many options, I went two times and the restaurant that I recommend Blue deep. What I like was that several Pub have outdoors option excellent for having a beer in the summer.
Ubicado en frente del cero San cristobal, encuentras una manzana llena de restaurantes, Pub, bares, de todo tipo y para todas las edades. En las noches siempre encontraras muchísima gente a su alrededor……muchas opciones para escoger, el restaurante que recomiendo Azul profundo. Lo que mas me gusto es que algunos Pub tiene para sentarse afuera, buena opción para tomarse una cerveza en el verano.
Pio Nono street is the main street at Bellavista District. It has lots of pubs and restaurant, all bohemian. Nothing fancy, so if you're looking for fancy stuff, do not think about going to this place. Still, it has something. Don't know what. But it does.
Bellavista is one of the old districts in Santiago which has lots of pubs, restaurants and nightlife, as well as colonial architecture. It's worth a visit. During the day or at night, where you'll find plenty of pubs to spend the night.
The trendy area is waiting for you : bars, restaurants, fancy nightclubs... There is life over there...
Le quartier tendance vous attend : bars, restaurants, nightclubs originaux.. Y a de la vie, la-bas...