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The perfect date night should ideally involve an element of the unexpected. Luckily, Santiago is full of hidden barrios (neighborhoods) which many people have never heard of or had the chance to explore.
Here's how the perfect date night would go. Meet in Barrio Lastarria for a trio of wines at BocaNariz. Hop in a taxi, don't tell your partner where you are going, but hand the driver a piece of paper saying "Barrio Paris-Londres". Made up from just a few cobbled streets, wandering through this micro neighborhood is like walking through a film set.
If you're feeling energetic and it's a lovely evening, walk up Cerro Santa Lucía a hill in the middle of Lastarria reaching 629 meters high and the remnant of what was a 15 million year-old volcano! Today the hill is covered in unexpected ornate facades, stairways and fountains. Reach the top, and you'll be rewarded by a view over the city.
Next, catch another cab and head to Barrio Concha y Toro, a neighborhood that looks like the setting for Romeo and Juliet and home to Restaurant Zully. Situated in a 1912 mansion, this restaurant serves gourmet food with a Chilean essence. Book the intimate dining room just for two, and start the evening with an aperitif by the fountain in the internal courtyard.