Santiago’s malls and markets offer incredible opportunities to find everything on your list. But while doing some Santiago shopping, you’ll want to explore the lesser-known venues that give you the chance to find out-of-the ordinary treasures.
If you want the best of the best Indian handicrafts you’ll want to begin your Santiago shopping at the Centro de Exposicion de Arte Indigena. Their selection of postcards, Alpaca jumpers, copper artifacts and Mapuche books is unmatched. Perhaps it’s not the least expensive place, but whatever you purchase is definitely authentic.
Santiago is also known for producing some of the best wines in Latin America. At El Mundo del Vino, you can sample the selection of vintages from wineries nearby or you can buy specialty bottles from around the globe.
Arauco Mall is not only the largest for Santiago shopping but the most exclusive as well. When you see the names Polo, Versace and Valentino among many you’ll realize it’s expensive too. The center however is also the home of Paris Shops, the biggest department store in the city. They carry everything from cosmetics to carpets. With eleven stories of merchandise, you won’t leave empty-handed.
Tip: The Arauco Center offers free car service to major hotels in the area and several of the shops give special tourist discounts. It’s truly a unique place for Santiago shopping.
But if you prefer to spend less money on your Santiago shopping, the Panoramic Mall has something for every taste and every budget. There are one hundred specialty boutiques that sell CDs, electronics, computer software and trendy clothing. And if you need to rest your weary feet, the food court has a nice variety of cuisines and deli style cafes.
If you still need retail fix, you’ll want to consider the Bellavista Street Fair Market for more Santiago shopping. This weekend establishment is home to scores of astounding bargains in clothing, music, gifts, textiles and folkloric wear. You’ll have a great time and save a lot of money.
However, you won’t want to miss Persa Bio-Bio for Santiago shopping. This large flea market offers all types of culinary treats and souvenirs. Among them you can get Pisco (alcoholic drink of Chile), wines, handicrafts, leather, wool ponchos and ceramics. You can also get real buys in jewels made from lapis lazuli, onyx or amethyst.
Underneath the partially roofed section treasure buyers will find excellent quality antiques and hard to find books at excellent prices.
Visitors enjoy Aldea de Vitacura for their Santiago shopping. It’s the right choice for those who wish to admire the arts and crafts of the region. This outdoor market is open throughout the week as well as weekends and features outstanding works by local artisans. You can haggle for the best price and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces.
And although you might not be interested in buying fresh fish or produce, you’ll still want to visit the Central Market. It’s a landmark in the city and a fine example of Art Nouveau architecture.