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 February 9
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best rooftop bars in Santiago?

    Some of the best rooftop bars in Santiago sit above some of the city's finest hotels. Three of my favourites are Noi Vitacura, The W and San Cristobal Tower.

    San Cristobal Tower is on the north side of the Mapocho River in Providencia. A popular pick with businessmen due to its proximity to the airport, TwentyOne Bar (yes, you guessed it, on the 21st floor) has incredible views across the city. Whilst the rooftop bars at Noi Vitacura and The W are al-fresco and within the city, there's something about seeing the city with a bit of perspective that really takes the biscuit. Try their honey Pisco Sour and watch the sun turn the mountains pink. This is one of the only places where the moon rise is as impressive as the sun set - try and go around full moon and you will see the moon slide up from the mountains and into the night sky. 

    One of the best things about the rooftops at Noi Vitacura and The W, on the other hand, is that they both have swimming pools. So, guests can go for a dip with a view across the city to the Andes. The W has an infinity pool so you literally feel like you're on the edge.

    And last but not least, if you want a rooftop bar with a view of the street for some good people watching then the terrace at Restaurant Casa+Lastarria in the Lastarria neighborhood is a great spot. Order some PIsco Sours and a ceviche to share - the portions are so generous you may find it's quite enough for both of you. 
  • On February 9
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best rooftop bars in Santiago?

    Some of the best rooftop bars in Santiago sit above some of the city's finest hotels. Three of my favourites are Noi Vitacura, The W and San Cristobal Tower.

    San Cristobal Tower is on the north side of the Mapocho River in Providencia. A popular pick with businessmen due to its proximity to the airport, TwentyOne Bar (yes, you guessed it, on the 21st floor) has incredible views across the city. Whilst the rooftop bars at Noi Vitacura and The W are al-fresco and within the city, there's something about seeing the city with a bit of perspective that really takes the biscuit. Try their honey Pisco Sour and watch the sun turn the mountains pink. This is one of the only places where the moon rise is as impressive as the sun set - try and go around full moon and you will see the moon slide up from the mountains and into the night sky. 

    One of the best things about the rooftops at Noi Vitacura and The W, on the other hand, is that they both have swimming pools. So, guests can go for a dip with a view across the city to the Andes. The W has an infinity pool so you literally feel like you're on the edge.

    And last but not least, if you want a rooftop bar with a view of the street for some good people watching then the terrace at Restaurant Casa+Lastarria in the Lastarria neighborhood is a great spot. Order some PIsco Sours and a ceviche to share - the portions are so generous you may find it's quite enough for both of you. 
  • On February 9
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best rooftop bars in Santiago?

    Some of the best rooftop bars in Santiago sit above some of the city's finest hotels. Three of my favourites are Noi Vitacura, The W and San Cristobal Tower.

    San Cristobal Tower is on the north side of the Mapocho River in Providencia. A popular pick with businessmen due to its proximity to the airport, TwentyOne Bar (yes, you guessed it, on the 21st floor) has incredible views across the city. Whilst the rooftop bars at Noi Vitacura and The W are al-fresco and within the city, there's something about seeing the city with a bit of perspective that really takes the biscuit. Try their honey Pisco Sour and watch the sun turn the mountains pink. This is one of the only places where the moon rise is as impressive as the sun set - try and go around full moon and you will see the moon slide up from the mountains and into the night sky. 

    One of the best things about the rooftops at Noi Vitacura and The W, on the other hand, is that they both have swimming pools. So, guests can go for a dip with a view across the city to the Andes. The W has an infinity pool so you literally feel like you're on the edge.

    And last but not least, if you want a rooftop bar with a view of the street for some good people watching then the terrace at Restaurant Casa+Lastarria in the Lastarria neighborhood is a great spot. Order some PIsco Sours and a ceviche to share - the portions are so generous you may find it's quite enough for both of you. 
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  • On August 6, 2013
    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, 2013
    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, 2013
    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.
  • On August 6, 2013
    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, 2013
    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, 2013
    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, 2013
    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.
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