I love shopping, and always try to squeeze in some retail time when I’m traveling. During a recent trip to Chile, I was able to explore Santiago’s shopping scene and discover local boutiques and designers. Chile’s capital has all the shopping options that you’d expect to find in a major city. From upscale malls to outdoor markets, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for in Santiago.
The upscale Portal La Dehesa is located in the city’s Lo Barnechea area. This open air shopping center is anchored by large department stores Falabella (one of my favorites!) and Ripley, and includes clothing and accessories boutiques like Via Uno and Bimba y Lola. Exploring the outdoor shops is a great way to spend the day, and lots of on-site restaurants give plenty of options for dinner.
The outdoor market Los Dominicos is a great place to find goods and gifts. Local artisans run independent shops that carry quintessentially Chilean products handcrafted out of copper, leather, alpaca wool or lapis lazuli stones. It may be touristy, but there’s no better place in Santiago to pick up souvenirs. Some shops do not take credit cards, so don’t forget your cash!
Avenida Alonso de Cordova in the Vitacura neighborhood is city’s answer to Rodeo Drive. Luxury retailers like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hermes line the street, along with boutiques and art galleries.
Alto Las Condes is similar to what you can find in any city, but a little nicer than your average shopping mall. You’ll find common stores like Topshop and Nine West, plus top Spanish brands like Adolfo Dominguez and MNG.