Visiting a new city can be overwhelming and make you suspicious: did you accidentally end up in a restaurant that caters only to tourists? Are you conspicuous? Are you missing out on the best thing you've ever eaten because you didn't have reliable intel?
Here's help: A list - curated by Chile's hottest chefs - of the best places to see, eat, and experience true Santiago culture. You're welcome.
For a bohemian vibe, check out Lastarria, found between the Plaza Italia and Santa Lucía and the Alameda and Parque Forestal. Historic homes and examples of Art Nouveau architecture are found throughout the neighborhood and art galleries and cultural centers such as the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, named after the Chilean writer, are located in Lastarria as well. According to Patricio Cáceres Pérez, a specialist in Chilean cuisine, Les Assassins is a classic French bistro that should be on any visitor’s list. Rolando Ortega, a chef who made a name for himself with Salvador Cocina y Café, adds vinobar Bocanáriz. Wine Spectator has touted the extensive wine list here and the classic Chilean dishes that go with them.