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Trip Guide to Santiago, Chile's Creative Side

Jose Pedro Pizarro Alpaca scarves for sale at Ona in Santiago

Photo: Jose Pedro Pizarro

A handful of galleries, cafés, and smart boutiques have turned once-forgotten Bellas Artes, a leafy neighborhood east of downtown Santiago, into a haven of creativity. The Chilean capital's most artistic neighborhood takes its name from Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, a 96-year-old Neoclassical palace housing 2,700 canvases by Chilean and global painters. Read the article

Destinations: Santiago

Inspired by: Santiago's Soho — by Connie McCabe, Published Jan. 2006

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    Saturday flea market on Plaza Mulato Gil

    You'll find an array of costume jewelry, books, and antiques.

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    Ona

    Ona is a gold mine for one-of-a-kind Chilean keepsakes such as ox-horn necklaces, alpaca scarves, and cacique ponchos.

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    Tampu

    The Aymara, Mapuche, and Ona tribal cultures serve as inspiration for the modern clothing and jewelry at Tampu.

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    Ají

    A collective of cutting-edge jewelers can be found across the foyer at Ají.

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    Hall Central

    The store carries avant-garde clothing sold in the parlor of a 20th-century mansion.

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    Parentesys

    The shop carries Juan José Soto's limited-edition men's wear (like silk-screened denims).

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    Kebo

    When fashion-savvy Santiagans want to buy locally, they head to Kebo, for Carla Godoy's flirty skirts and kimonos

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    Museo de Artes Visuales

    Showcasing the work of more than 300 local artists, the Museo de Artes Visuales, or MAVI, serves as a center for Chilean contemporary art.

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    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

    The 96-year-old Neoclassical palace houses 2,700 canvases by Chilean and global painters.

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