As one of Santiago’s most notable neighborhoods, most full- or half-day city tours pass through Bellavista, as do multi-day, multi-destination excursions in central Chile. Ideal if it’s your first-time in the region, these tours—whether by bike, on foot, or by car—typically include visits to Lastarria, Cerro San Cristóbal, and La Vega Central too. For more specialized tours, opt for a nightlife, food, or market tour through Bellavista and beyond or make the most of your visit and combine a Santiago city tour with a visit to nearby wineries.
Things to Know Before You Go
Bellavista is a must-visit for art lovers in Santiago, whether you’re interested in street art or avant-garde galleries.
Dining options range from budget to high-end in Bellavista.
Look out for lapis lazuli jewelry in Bellavista’s boutiques—this semi-precious stone is prolific in Chile.
Bellavista is mostly wheelchair accessible, although some of the neighborhood’s attractions and restaurants may not be.
How to Get There
Bellavista is situated close to Santiago’s downtown and within easy walking distance of most of the city’s main attractions, although it’s also well-connected by public transit. The closest metro station is Baquedano (Red and Green lines). Rideshare services, as well as hop-on-hop-off bus routes, also operate in and around Bellavista.
When to Get There
Santiago is at its quietest and warmest best during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, although the Bellavista neighborhood proves popular among visitors year-round. If you’re in Santiago on a Sunday evening, the Bellavista neighborhood is one of the few places you’ll find open restaurants.
What to Do in Santiago
Although Bellavista is one of Santiago’s most appealing and centrally located neighborhoods, the city has plenty more to offer curious travelers. Stroll around the downtown for a glimpse into Chilean history; eat your way through the popular La Vega and Central markets; or take an offbeat tour of the Cementerio General (General Cemetery).
- La Chascona
- San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)
- Forestal Park (Parque Forestal)
- San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
- Barrio Lastarria
- Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)
- La Vega Central Market
- Chilean National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de Chile)
- Red House (Casa Colorada)
- Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago)
- National Museum of Natural History (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural)
- Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo)
- Central Post Office
- Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)