Bellavista incarnates Santiago's bohemian soul with its original architecture, street art, and distinctive cityscapes. History, leisure, and shopping are inseparable, along picturesque streets that may be explored on foot or by funicular.
Everywhere, there are astonishing art galleries and boutiques, tucked into improbable sheds or doorways. The atmosphere on Calle PíoNono is cheerful. The cafés monopolise terraces and sidewalks, where people dance to the sound of orchestras. Stroll to the Feria Artesanal, which deserves a look for its authentic spirit, then browse the Patio Bellavista, a modern shopping complex.
Here there are more bars, wine shops, and souvenir stores. Gems and jewellery are focused on Avenida Bellavista. Sellers there are specialised in the sale of objects and jewellery made of lapis lazuli, a beautiful gemstone that is widespread in northern Chile.