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Barrio Italia is one of the best areas in Santiago for antiques shopping. Built by Italian and Spanish immigrants in the early 20th century, this area has undergone a boom in the last few years with coffee shops and boutique stores popping up in charming courtyards behind the main street.
On Avenida Italia, and the roads that cross it, you can find shop after shop selling antique furniture. With tables and chairs pouring out onto the pavement, as well as extensive collections of goods inside, there is no shortage of gems to be found here.
It's best to come clued up (or bring someone with you who knows a thing or two about furniture) as there's so much on sale you have to know how to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. But, with a good eye and patience to look through the never-ending rows of shops, there is plenty a bargain to be found here. Many newcomers to Santiago furnish their houses or apartments with pieces found in the antiques shops of Barrio Italia.