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Near plaza: Chilean specialties
There are stalls selling handicrafts in the plaza, outdoor stalls in the parks, and small shops around the plaza. You will also find many stores with clothing. There was a super market near our hotel.
What to buy: Punta Arenas is a fun place to shop for Chilean handicrafts, hand made chocolate, stone jewelery,
sheepskin clothing. If you collect penguin items you will think you are in heaven. There are many good Chilean wines and you must take home a bottle of pisco.Related to:
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Feria Santa Lucia is a coexistence of many gift shops in the same place. It's a perfect place to pick some gifts for home if you are leaving. Among the rest are wooden Islands Mauis in all sizes. There are more than a hundred stalls selling silver jewellery, wooden and leather handicrafts, woven clothes, postcards, incense, toys, candles and a lot more...
You will find it opposite Cerro San Christobal.
In Mercado central there are some handicrafts in sale but it mostly functions as a fruit and veg market. There are some quality restaurants inside the beautiful building with very good fish and not only..
On weekends there is a small market on the corner of Pio Nono str. and Bellavista with ecclectic handicraft mostly wooden. Interesting ! Combine it with a visit to Chascona and Cerro San Cristobal.
I have heard Persa Bio Bio is the largest flea market in Chile that makes it a great place for antiques and shopping..therapy ! It's all aroung Bio Bio street , Metro Station Franklin).
And also Los Dominicos has to be mentioned. It's in Apoquindo 9085-Las Condes, with high quality goods. Next to the San Vicente Ferrer Catholic Church. Nearest train Escuela Militar. I haven't been there,though.
What to buy: Ceramics, antiques, basketry, jewelry, silverware, woven goods and carvings are the most common shopping targets in Chile. Lapis Lazuli is easy to find.Related to:
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Kross - the best Chilean beer
What to buy: Kross is a Chilean beer (made in a microbrewery), and in my opinion it's the best! I'm a bit of a beer snob and the other Chilean beers (Escudo, Cristal) are disgusting! Austral, on the other hand, is pretty good as well.
What to pay: 1,200 pesos, more or less.
What to buy: I don't think it's possible to go to Chile and not hear about and try pisco. It's a liqueur made from "limones de pica", a really little lemon creature.
HOWEVER, do not believe any Chilean who tells you pisco is Chilean, because it is Peruvian originally. I wouldn't try to argue the point though because it is rather a touchy subject!
Alto Las Condes Mall
We stopped at the Alto Las Condes Mall on our way home from our tour of the new Cultural Center in Santiago. We were shoe shopping for the grandkids for school!
Alto Las Condes Mall is another upscale shopping mall that has many of the same stores as the Parque Arauco Mall (which I prefer!). It was a nicely designed, modern mall showcasing these stores: Privilege, Barbizon, Saville Row, Nautica, Bennetton, Ripley, Lee, Levis, Ruby Tuesday, Duncan Donuts, Falabella, Petland, Reebok and a number of others. As most malls, it also had a large foodcourt and parking area.
What to buy: Anything!
Plaza Norte Mall: Mall in Huechuraba, Chile
The Plaza Norte Mall is located outside of Santiago in Huechuraba. Although it is not as classy as the Parque Arauco or Alto Las Condes Mall, it does contain three large department stores: Falabella, Ripley and Paris plus other small stores and an assortment of restaurants such as Mamut, T'Quila, Duncan Donuts, Cory and other snack shops. Parking is on the premises.
There is also a Homecenter, Powerhouse Gym, Cinema and medical offices located at this mall.
I was told that the Plaza Malls throughout the Santiago area carry less expensive products and clothing than the upscale malls such as Parque Arauco and Alto Las Condes which direct their merchandise to a well-heeled clientele.
Mercado Central: Something Smells Fishy!
While driving around Santiago, we chanced to pass the Mercado Central. I easily identified one of the food items the market carried....fish! You could smell it for blocks! The Mercado Central was designed primarily by Fermin Vivaceta in 1872. There are restaurants within the building and several nearby. The wrought iron embellishment over the main doors creates a dramatic entranceway. We did not stop here as we were on our way to see an exhibition at the Cultural Center that day.
What to buy: Fresh produce and food items
The Many Shops Of Chile: SILVER JEWELRY
Silver jewelry is a great buy in Chile! Pictured are the various pendants I've collected from my trips there. The silver necklace is a recent purchase from Bagus at the Parque Arauco Mall. I can wear any of the pendants with it, but I also have silver chains on which to hang them. I love the jewelry! Click on the picture for a full view!
What to buy: Silver jewelry of all kinds!
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Lavinoteca and El Mundo del Vino: The Wines of Chile
While strolling through Chile's business district, we stopped by Lavinoteca in the hopes of finding a Sauvignon Blanc sampled at a few of the restaurants here in Chile.
Lavinoteca is a chic wine store located in Chile's business district along Isidora Goyenechea Avenue. After a short search, the clerk found MONTES RESERVA Sauvignon Blanc on the shelves. While we were there, a Brazilian man, hearing that we preferred white wines suggested CATRALA Sauvignon Blanc (5900 pesos). We'll reserve judgment on that selection once we have the opportunity to try it.
Another wine store in the vicinity was, El Mundo del Chile. NOTE: Wines tend to be less expensive when purchased at the wineries.
Update: We've tasted the Catrala Sauvignon Blanc and its light, fruity taste is very appealing.
What to buy: Some of Chile's wonderful wines....
What to pay: $3 and upRelated to:
- Wine Tasting
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Feria De Antiguedades Parque De Los Reyes: ANTIQUES!!!
Shopping for antiques in Santiago? YES! My husband and I rented a radio taxi for a morning and went to Feria de Antiquedades Parque de Los Reyes on the Avenida Brazil.
At first glance, the large warehouse didn't look like much...but inside! One booth after another offered antiques and collectibles of all types. The booths were numbered, so after finding a "treasure" you can write the number down and continue on your exploration. I was looking for perfume bottles for my collection and wanted to find one from Czechoslovakia--I was successful!
What to buy: Furniture, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, crystal, silver pieces, statuary, lamps, bathroom fixtures and many other things
What to pay: You can haggle!Related to:
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Privilege,Paris,Starbucks and lots more stores: Parque Arauco Mall
Parque Arauco Mall is the location for shops such as Nine West, BB2, Hush Puppies, Mingo, MNG, Stefan Joyeros, Laura Ashley, Swatch, Via Augusta Express, Foster, Ellus Limited, Ripley, Tommy Hilfeger, Falabella and many,many others. There is also a place to exchange your money and bank machines.
I discovered Privilege on last year's trip to Santiago. This year, I stopped by to check the merchandise once again. This shop always seems to have something I like! When I visit in February, most clothing is on sale. It's a great time to shop. The sales staff is prompt to help and will direct you to the cashier to purchase your choice. Once paid for, you are then directed to a counter to have your purchase wrapped. Such service!!
I visited Parque Arauco mall many times this visit and highly recommend it. It is my favorite mall in which to shop!
What to buy: All types of women's, men's and children's clothing; pharmacy items; perfumes, several jewelry kiosks, shoes, leather products, home accessories, toys, etc.
There are many cafes and restaurants at Parque Arauco Mall--it's my favorite place to shop in Santiago!
What to pay: Upscale shopping, but look for sales in January and February
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Los Dominicos: Santiago's artisan area
Los Dominicos is an artisan's area featuring many different crafts. We visit each time we come to Chile and highly recommend it for souvenirs and gifts for family or for yourself. It is located outside Santiago and most people would know how to direct you there!
Shops offering handmade jewelry (I love the silver pendants, earrings and rings), ceramics, wood crafts, woven textiles, leather products and silver/pewter items. There are small places to have a quick lunch or snack. Postcards and toys are available, too. We've taken the kids with us and they always find something to hold their attention: ducks, winding pathways, etc.
What to buy: Silver jewelry or leather products. A pastry nicknamed "torn underwear" that was delectable!
Duty Free Shop: Spend some pesos on good wine
You can get great wines in places besides the duty free shop but this is where I spent most of mine at the last minutes before I got on the plane. Their prices are decent but I think you can probably get slightly better deals in supermarkets
What to buy: Just a tip about wines, there are so many different labels to choose from but my dad who has been drinking chilean wines almost all his life has a couple of favorites. When we go to chile we pick up bottles made by Santa Rita, Veramonte or Carmen.
What to pay: in USD approx $3-$7Related to:
- Food and Dining
La Bibiloteca: Santiago : Read in french !! Lisez francais !!!
Small shop, but great selection of books and newspapers... a bit expensive, though...
Petite boutique, mais grande selection de livres et de journeaux... un peu cher, toutefois
What to buy: Books !!!
Des livres !!!
What to pay: Around 20 USD for 2 books
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Parque Arauco: Malls in Santiago
Parque Arauco is the oldest mall in Santiago, but it's been renewed several times, it has a multiplex cinema with 14 movie theatres, a complete medical centre, food court and many stores (more than 200). And now, Parque Arauco has opened a Starbucks coffe!!
From monday to saturday it's open from 10:00 to 21:00
sundays it's open from 11:00 to 21:00.
Foodcourt is until 22:00.
Very close is located another mall, Alto Las Condes, a very good one too.
What to buy: Almost any service is availbale at the mall, it also counts with 3 majors department stores.
What to pay: It's a bit more expensive than shopping at the regular commerce, but a lot more comfortable.
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