Boragó in Santiago, Chile was recently named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine. It’s worth planning a trip around — here’s what you should explore once you’re there.

Santiago Metropolitan Park Cable Car and Santiago aerial skyline with Costanera Skyscraper - Santiago, Chile
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The Chilean capital is surrounded not by sprawling suburbs, but by undulating emerald vines. To the west lie the cool-climate Leyda and Casablanca Valleys, known for their grassy Sauvignon Blancs and earthy Syrahs. Up north is the Aconcagua Valley, with its formidable, full-bodied Bordeaux blends. South and east lead to the Maipo Valley, home of the iconic Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons found on shelves around the world.

Until recently, visitors had to rent a car and cross Santiago city limits just to sample the best bottles. But that’s changed thanks to a new crop of urban wine bars that act as barometers of emerging trends.


A waiter pouring wine into a decanter at Bocanariz wine bar in Santiago, Chile
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Start in the fashionable Lastarria neighborhood with a sommelier-led tasting at the vinobar credited with kicking off the movement: Bocanáriz. Then, stroll over to the Santiago Wine Club shop, where the staff is eager to show off rare and unusual bottles — high-altitude Grenache, old-vine Carignan — all from indie vintners and experimental winemaker associations such as Chanchos Deslenguados.


Colorful of exterior at Patio Bellavista in Santiago, Chile
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Just across the Mapocho River in the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood, Polvo pairs organic wines from small producers with artisanal charcuterie boards in a space reminiscent of a smart country store. (It’s a great stop after a visit to La Chascona, the delightfully eclectic former home of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, located a block away.) Elsewhere in the neighborhood you’ll find the vibrant dining complex Patio Bellavista, and its cavernous wine bar Barrica 94 — where you can sample more than three dozen labels by the glass. Need a nightcap? Try Salon Chharqu for herbaceous cocktails with indigenous ingredients, or Siete Negronis for a highball made with Träkál, a ginlike spirit distilled in Patagonia.

Where to Stay

Guests in the bar at the Singular, Santiago hotel
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Back in Lastarria, travelers can find some of the city’s most atmospheric lodgings — including the high-design Hotel Magnolia, with an aesthetic of exposed bricks, checkered tiles, and playful geometric lighting. Nearby, The Singular offers a buzzy roof bar, art-filled lounges, and spacious rooms with plush, handsome furnishings. For a more intimate experience, book a room at Hotel Carmenere, an eco-conscious five-key casona with an underground wine cellar where guests can enjoy the peppery punch of the hotel’s namesake grape.