What is the best way to see Santiago in one day?

Santiago is truly manageable for tourists to navigate and you can easily see and experience the city in a single day. Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend starting the day by leisurely lounging at Quinta Normal, a large park that is a favorite among locals. When you’re ready to embark, head to one of the museums located in the park —  the Museo de Ciencia y Technología has interactive exhibits great for kids, and the National Museum of Natural History is good for all ages. From there, grab a cab to the Barrio Brasil area and pop into a couple new galleries, see vibrant pieces of street art and fuel up with a cappuccino in one of the many bohemian cafés. Next, head to the Providencia neighborhood for dinner — you can either choose a restaurant for dinner on the spot or make reservations ahead of time at local favorites El Cid, Astrid y Gastón or Aquí Está Coco. End the day with a drink at one of the bars in the neighborhood, or dash back over to Barrio Brasil or Bellavista for a nightcap among the city's creative class.

  • On August 6
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hair salons in Santiago?

    Atelier Benoit Poirier d’Ambreville Getting your hair cut abroad can be a massive gamble. The first obstacle in Chile is being able to describe exactly what you want in Spanish! So, let's start with a few key words:

    Shot: corto
    Medium: mediano
    Lomg: largo
    Hair stylist: peluquero
    Scissors: tijeras
    Layers: escalonado
    Straightened: alisado
    Dry hair: pelo seco
    Oily hair: pelo graso

    If you want to follow in the footsteps of Chile's chic elite, then there are two main studios to take note of: Be Cute in Vitacura and Atelier Benoît Poirier d’Ambreville in Bellavista.

    In the former, the services of Javier Fernandez come highly recommended. Whilst the latter is a one-man-band run by the one and only Benoît Poirier d’Ambreville.

    Former model, Benoît, has coiffed his way from London to Monte Carlo and New York, and now finds himself styling Santiago's most stylish (including a fair few expats, many of whom come weeping at the Frenchman's knees, begging him to fix a disastrous do inflicted on them elsewhere).

    Working in a private apartment, Benoît is the master of Balayage, the French hair color technique developed in the 1970s where the color is applied by hand rather than foiling - as loved by Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Incidentally, this is the only salon in Chile that does Balayage. And, if color isn't your thing, then Benoît is also a master with scissors, hair styling and blow dries - he even does one-on-one lessons if you want to perfect your skills with a D.I.Y. blowdry.
  • On August 6
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hair salons in Santiago?

    Atelier Benoit Poirier d’Ambreville Getting your hair cut abroad can be a massive gamble. The first obstacle in Chile is being able to describe exactly what you want in Spanish! So, let's start with a few key words:

    Shot: corto
    Medium: mediano
    Lomg: largo
    Hair stylist: peluquero
    Scissors: tijeras
    Layers: escalonado
    Straightened: alisado
    Dry hair: pelo seco
    Oily hair: pelo graso

    If you want to follow in the footsteps of Chile's chic elite, then there are two main studios to take note of: Be Cute in Vitacura and Atelier Benoît Poirier d’Ambreville in Bellavista.

    In the former, the services of Javier Fernandez come highly recommended. Whilst the latter is a one-man-band run by the one and only Benoît Poirier d’Ambreville.

    Former model, Benoît, has coiffed his way from London to Monte Carlo and New York, and now finds himself styling Santiago's most stylish (including a fair few expats, many of whom come weeping at the Frenchman's knees, begging him to fix a disastrous do inflicted on them elsewhere).

    Working in a private apartment, Benoît is the master of Balayage, the French hair color technique developed in the 1970s where the colour is applied by hand rather than foiling - as loved by Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Incidentally, this is the only salon in Chile that does Balayage. And, if color isn't your thing, then Benoît is also a master with scissors, hair styling and blow dries - he even does one-on-one lessons if you want to perfect your skills with a D.I.Y. blowdry.
  • On August 6
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hair salons in Santiago?

    Atelier Benoit Poirier d’Ambreville Getting your hair cut abroad can be a massive gamble. The first obstacle in Chile is being able to describe exactly what you want in Spanish! So, let's start with a few key words:

    Shot: corto
    Medium: mediano
    Lomg: largo
    Hair stylist: peluquero
    Scissors: tijeras
    Layers: escalonado
    Straightened: alisado
    Dry hair: pelo seco
    Oily hair: pelo graso

    If you want to follow in the footsteps of Chile's chic elite, then there are two main studios to take note of: Be Cute in Vitacura and Atelier Benoît Poirier d’Ambreville in Bellavista.

    In the former, the services of Javier Fernandez come highly recommended. Whilst the latter is a one man band run by the one and only Benoît Poirier d’Ambreville.

    Former model, Benoît, has coiffed his way from London to Monte Carlo and New York, and now finds himself styling Santiago's most stylish (and a fair few expats, many of whom come weeping at the Frenchman's knees, begging him to fix a disastrous do inflicted on them elsewhere).

    Working in a private apartment, Benoît is a master of Balayage, the French hair color technique developed in the 1970s where the colour is applied by hand rather than foiling - as loved by Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Incidentally, this is the only salon in Santiago that does Balayage. And if color isn't your thing, then he's a master with scissors, hair styling and even gives blow dry lessons.
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  • On August 6
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hair salons in Santiago?

    Atelier Benoit Poirier d’Ambreville Getting your hair cut abroad can be a massive gamble. The main issue in Chile is being able to describe exactly what you want in Spanish! So, let's start with a few key words:

    Shot: corto
    Medium: mediano
    Lomg: largo 
    Hair stylist: peluquero 
    Scissors: tijeras 
    Layers: escalonado
    Straightened: alisado
    Dry hair: pelo seco
    Oily hair: pelo graso

    If you want to follow in the footsteps of the chic Chileans, there are two main  go to trim their locks, head to Be Cute hair salon in Vitacura where the services of Javier Fernandez come very highly recommended.

    Lastly, back down to Barrio Providencia where hair salon Andres Olmos takes the title of Chile's first organic hair salon. And it's not just about recycling shampoo bottles, you'll be lathered, highlighted and pampered with totally chemical free products. 
  • On July 26
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hidden restaurants in Santiago?

    Gabriel O'Rorke Hidden restaurants have become a popular concept in Buenos Aires, but in Santiago they are still new and number very few!

    DUGNAD is leading the way with "cenas esconditas", or hidden restaurants / dinners in Chile. Originally a pop-up restaurant open on Sundays for lunch and dinner, this new food concept run by a group of artists now takes place three times a week at hidden locations.

    A maximum of twelve guests can dine at any given seating, and they will enjoy a surprise menu that spans at least eight courses. The dishes are imaginative and beautifully presented, for example toasted flour, smoked egg yoke and artichoke, followed by Chilean Rey fish with mushrooms accompanied by a tempura fish skeleton for decoration (see image above).

    The last courses are reserved for desserts, such as citrus and gin crushed ice followed by deconstructed creme brulee and meringue. They also do a very unusual chocolate with bacon desert.

    The DUGNAD menu costs CLP $19,000 per person. For reservations contact: contacto.dugnad@gmail.com or visit: https://www.facebook.com/productodugnad
  • On July 26
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hidden restaurants in Santiago?

    Gabriel O'Rorke Hidden restaurants have become a popular concept in Buenos Aires, but in Santiago they are still new and number very few!

    DUGNAD is leading the way with "cenas esconditas", or hidden restaurants / dinners in Chile. Originally a pop-up restaurant open on Sundays for lunch and dinner, this new food concept run by a group of artists now takes place three times a week at hidden locations.

    A maximum of twelve guests can dine at any given seating, and they will enjoy a surprise menu that spans at least eight courses. The dishes are imaginative and beautifully presented, for example toasted flour, smoked egg yoke and artichoke, followed by Chilean Rey fish with mushrooms accompanied by a tempura fish skeleton for decoration (see image above).

    The last courses are reserved for desserts, such as citrus and gin crushed ice followed by deconstructed creme brulee and meringue. They also do a very unusual chocolate with bacon desert.

    The DUGNAD menu costs CLP $19,000 per person. For reservations contact: contacto.dugnad@gmail.com or visit: https://www.facebook.com/productodugnad
  • On July 26
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best places to see a play in Santiago?

    The Municipal Theatre of Santiago is the main theatre in the Chilean capital. Situated by Los Leones Metro, this old-school theatre dates back to 1857. On 17 September 1857 the first performance here was the opera Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi. Surviving various earthquakes, the theatre lives on and the 2013 schedule includes ballet, opera, concerts and classic plays like Romeo and Juliet.

    If you're worried about the language element, then Santiago Stage is Chile's leading English lamguage theatre company. A non-profit organization established in 1972, these guys produce plays for the city's English speakers whilst raising funds for local grassroots Chilean charities. One of the most popular genres is comedy, and an example of a play showing this year is Alan Ayckbourn’s Wildest Dreams.

    Another theatre on the Santiago scene is San Ginés in Barrio Bellavista. Seating just 260 people, this initimate theatre shows a range of performances which will dazzle and delight. Good for a family outing.
  • On July 26
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What is nightlife like in Santiago?

    It's no secret that Latinos like to party. And when I say party, I mean that rolling home at 2am is an early night and 6am is pretty standard. So, if you're a fan of letting your hair down then there's lots of fun to be had in the Chilean capital.

    Barrio Vitacura, Providencia and Lastarria have some great bars for cocktails where you can start the evening off. Then, to step things up a notch, there's a new bar called Boudoir in Bellavista which transforms from tables to dancefloor at midnight.

    Youngsters may enjoy Onaciu, a large club also in Bellavista with live music. But those who want to keep things civilised can head to a wine bar, like Baco in Providencia, to see in the weekend sipping Chilean reds and nibbling cheese. 

    Then, of course, there's the salsa scene. Klub Mangosta in Providencia has lessons and sessions for all levels, so you can learn the basics or swing with the pros. Don't be surprised to find a lesson starts at 11pm on a weekday... "late" has a different meaning in Chile!
  • On July 26
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Italian restaurants in Santiago?

    Good Italian food is one of the basics you need on-hand in any given city. There are days when nothing else hits the spot like a big bowl of steaming pasta. Like most capital cities, Santiago has its fair share of Italian eateries. Here are two of the best:

    Tiramisú:
    Best make a reservation if you want to avoid standing around for half-an-hour. It's popularity is a testament to its quality of cooking, and especially to the pizza. Thin crusts, crisp to perfection and with generous toppings, these are some of the best pizzas in town. They also serve a fine calzone.
    www.tiramisu.cl

    Da Noi:
    It makes sense that Barrio Italia, the Italian neighborhood, should serve some of the best Italian food. Da Noi is one of those great family-run neighborhood eateries where you glimpse into the kitchen to see a big mama in a floury apron throwing pizza dough through the air. Seating pours onto the pavement on sunny days, and fresh artisan pastas are the speciality here.
    www.danoi.cl
  • On July 26
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Santiago?

    There is just one Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago, and that is Vietnam Discovery. Now you may imagine that with no direct competition, the standards need not be so high. This could not be further from the truth. The food, atmosphere and service at Vietnam Discovery is of international levels.

    The first "discovery" comes on arrival at the restaurant, which on first appearance looks like a somewhat small and unglamorous takeout. Yet, venture past the takeout counter and you find a large, inner courtyard with a Buddha temple in middle, exotic plants around the outside, umbrellas over the tables and bamboo-lined walls. 

    Along the back of the room stretches a long bar lined with vases of roses, and propped up by couples and groups of friends, most in their 20s and 30s. Unexpected is an understatement.

    As for the food, the cubed kingclip starter is especially good, as are the spring rolls. For main course, the first dish on the menu, "Ga ca ry", a chicken curry with peanuts and ginger served with yellow, red or green sauce, is hard to beat. But there are plenty of options including a very good scallop and shrimp curry.

    For desert the French influence comes through (Vietnam has historical links with France and the chef here is French) with a three-pudding degustation consisting of macaroons, chocolate fondant and crème brûlée. 

    This four-year old restaurant is always busy, no matter what time of year. The capacity is 120-people, but to avoid disappointment book two days in advance.

    contacto@vietnamdiscovery.cl | Calle Loreto # 324, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago | (56-2) 2-7372037
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