Bellavista is a Bohemian area of Santiago. The district lies on the Northern bank of the Mapocho river. It is a district of low buildings decorated with multi-colored walls, which are preferred by local artists and other connoisseurs of the arts. There are small art galleries, restaurants, cafes, trendy pubs and shops, painted with pictures showing famous characters. Semi-precious stones are processed before the eyes of the buyers in jewellery workshops.
The most famous resident of the neighborhood of Bellavista, is Pablo Neruda (a writer and Nobel laureate), whose house (La Chascona) is one of the main attractions of Santiago. In his mansion, you can see the library and paintings by Chilean artists. This is the most stylish place in city with restaurants, funky boutiques and avant-garde galleries. You can dance the night away at one of the numerous discos, and in the afternoon, explore the colorful buildings along tree-lined streets of Bellavista. The market of crafts and arts, where you can buy hand-made souvenirs, opens on weekends.
The lower station of the funicular, by which you can climb to the top of the 860-meter Cerro San Cristobal, is located in the Bellavista district. You can also go to the zoo, the entrance to which is located next to the funicular.
Calle Antonia Lopez de Bello 14, Recoleta, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Phone: +56 9 6121 6144
33° 25′ 58″ S, 70° 38′ 9″ W