Things to do for Budget Travelers in Santiago, Chile 

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    La Vega Central Market

    2 reviews

    Sopaipilla is a doughy mixture of mashed butternut squash and flour, fried quickly until crisp and served alone as a tasty snack or as an accompaniment to soups and casseroles. There are loads of places to buy sopaipillas, at any time, day or night, but some of the fluffiest and freshest sopaipillas around are served at La Vega market. Sit ...

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    Mercado Central

    23 reviews

    The Mercado Central first opened in 1872. By 1984 it had been declared one of Santiago’s national heritage monuments. It’s considered to be one of the top ten markets across the world and its building, amazingly, has conserved almost all of its original architecture. Its various picadas are highly renowned for their seafood gastronomy. Its fried fish dishes are so ...

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    Persa Bío Bío

    2 reviews

    Barrio Franklin’s Persa Bío Bío (persa is another name for feria or market) is a great place to eat, with plastic-table restaurants and fast-food shacks, all over the place. The food is tasty, cheap, and there’s plenty of it! Besides stuffing your face with food, you’ll be able to pick up cheap trainers or clothing, hunt for antique bargains, by ...

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    Plaza de Armas

    23 reviews

    A great city park, Plaza de Armas is, literally, the heart of Santiago (all distances to the city from around the country refer to this point). It's a lush park with tons of fountains and sculptures and roaming street performers too. It's a popular meeting spot for locals and place for kids to play--perfect for people watching.

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    Meiggs Market

    2 reviews

    The market located in the Meiggs neighbourhood reminds me of East London markets in the UK which are dedicated to selling a lot of stuff nobody ever really needs, but at knock-down prices which tempts you into paying up. You can find clothes, school equipment for children, teas, coffees, biscuits, and other kinds of “really-bad-for-you” foodstuffs sold wholesale style.

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    Parque Forestal

    11 reviews

    Parque Forestal is just the best park in Santiago (in my opinion, of course). It's connected to every commune in the city and it's very diverse. On Sundays you have families enjoying the playground, jugglers practicing, intellectuals reading a book and students laying in the sun. It is a great place for running and biking. On Sundays there are circus ...

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    Parque O'Higgins

    7 reviews

    Parque O’Higgins is the site for the annual “Fiestas de la Patria” (Liberation Celebrations) in September in Santiago. The number of people who visit this park during the celebrations reaches dangerous numbers every year — the quantity of visitors always outweighing the amount of space available and the litres of alcohol consumed reaching astonishing levels. Throughout the rest of the ...

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    Paseo Ahumada and Paseo Huerfanos

    5 reviews

    I first stumbled on Paseo Ahumada before I realized it was a local landmark, because someone said that's where I could get film developed. I now love coming here to grab a frozen yogurt or a coffee, or to sit down for a completo (hotdog), and watch the people bustling by. To me, this is the heart of Santiago.

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    Barrio Paris-Londres

    6 reviews

    This is one of Santiago's most charming corners. Every time i walk through here I feel like I'm going back in time. I love the curvy cobblestone streets and the houses all lined up like penguins.

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    Palacio de La Moneda

    15 reviews

    La Moneda Palace is where the President of Chile sits. The constructions of the building was started in the 18th century but it was finished in 1929. Its architectural style is neoclassical. The building's history is also interesting: during 1973's military coup d'état it was bombarded by the Army. It is also one of the places where Chileans gather when ...

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    Cementerio General

    4 reviews

    Santiago's Cementerio General is an amazing place to discover Chilean culture. From its diverse architecture (the tombs are a great example of Chile's income inequality) to the folklore, this place is a piece of Chile's heart and soul. It was inaugurated in 1821. In this cemetery most of Chile's presidents were buried, as well as iconic culture figures, like Víctor ...

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    Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

    3 reviews

    This museum was one of the most moving museums I've ever visited. The museum's design and they way it tells the story of the September 11, 1973 coup, the political prisoners, the assassinations, and the human rights violations is incredible. Bonus: it's free! I would have paid for entry though.

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    Vega Central

    4 reviews

    They say that anything grown in Chile can be found in Vega Central, and I believe it. The trick would be finding it, in the acres of stalls competing for your attention. This hodgepodge of a market is in a warehouse that seems to cover several square blocks. If your senses aren't already overwhelmed by the billions of produce stands, ...

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    Museo Interactivo Mirador

    2 reviews

    I came here with my nieces, both toddlers, and we all had a great time. I think they'll love it even more when they are a little older, but there was plenty for them to love even at age 2 - all the bubbles and colors and interactivity. We'll be coming back.

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    Parque Quinta Normal

    3 reviews

    Quinta Normal is a beautiful and huge park located in an offbeat area of Santiago. It features a huge lake in the middle where people can paddle in a boat. In the weekends, street artists like jugglers and dancers perform in the park. It also hosts many museums, like the Natural History Museum. The Memory Museum is located outside Quinta ...

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    Cerro Santa Lucía

    18 reviews

    This is a historic spot in Santiago. It's not as strenuous a climb as nearby Cerro San Cristobal but it provides lovely views of all of Santiago, and on a clear day, the Andes. It's kind of cool climbing those old stone paths and thinking about their role in the complex and frequently ugly colonial past of this country.

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    Patronato Neighbourhood

    2 reviews

    This is the market to visit if you’re looking for some cheap clothing — leggings, sweat pants, tops, sports gear and the odd fancy dress here and there. It’s also a great market if you’re searching for the ultimate choice in pyjamas, bathrobes, towels and bed linen. Patronato has gradually become known as the place where Santiago’s Turkish community live ...

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    Barrio Bellavista

    10 reviews

    Very nice neighborhood to walk and hang out in/around.

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    Cerro San Cristóbal

    27 reviews

    you can see contaminated Santiago, it's supposed to be a really intense problem; there are times when it's clear and you can see nicely the whole Santiago. We had a pic-nick there, it was a great idea to take food with us.

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    Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago

    15 reviews

    Imposing and beautiful cathedral located right on the Plaza de Armas, the Catedral de Santiago is as stately and ornate both inside and outside.

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