Shopping in Santiago de Chile
El Mercado Central (The central market)
The central market of Santiago is a architectural jewel. The building is simply spectacular, that was designed to be a train station in the first moment. The ceiling is all made of steel, it was imported from Belgium and assembled in Santiago. Retailers offer a wide array of fresh fish and seafood in one place. As you wander by the stalls; there is a feast for the eyes. Delicious fruits and vegetables are also available. A stroll through the market is a great way to know the daily life and culture of the city.
Be careful of the hordes of people that approach tourists when they enter into the market. They try to sell you nasty.
The mall is composed of 3 floors and has 4500 parking spaces , a multiplex cinema and an international call center. It is no doubt one of the most important and large shopping malls in the city. The tourists are entitled to 10% discount on purchases as well as in fastfood. The most important designer boutiques of the world like Ferragamo, Versace, Polo, Valentino and Zegna are here.
The mall opens the 7 days of the week from 11:00 to 20:30.
Club Amantes del Vino
In the area of Pedro de Valdivia, wine enthusiasts drink up the ambience at this bar that sells a top-notch tasting selection of wines from regional makers. Instructors lead courses for both connoisseurs and newcomers who are on the search for the best vintage. After sampling from the cellar, shoppers can stock up on their favorites. Visitors can also wander for local wineries. This cosy place is an ideal venue for grape lovers looking for that perfect bottle from their trip or for a present for somebody special back home.
If you like wine, you will enjoy in this expansive wine store that sells a host of local and regional vintages at a range of prices. In addition to selling delicious wines,in this place you can also enjoy delicious appetizers and light meals to complement the flavors of the different vintages. Shoppers can find their perfect grape blend and have their purchases shipped to their hotel or back home for later enjoy them.
Bellavista street fair
It is a street market and fair that is doing at weekend in the popular Bellavista neighborhood. Sellers populate scores of street-side booths and sell everything since knit sweaters until Latin music CDs. It may take a well-trained eye to separate the wheat from the chaff but the experience can be very fun.
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