Just because museums and galleries aren’t your scene, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing for you to do on a tour of Chile’s capital Santiago. Although it boasts more than one ultra-modern mall bursting with international brands, Santiago is also home to a variety of traditional markets specialising in food, clothes and souvenirs so there’s something here for everyone. Here’s our list of Santiago’s Top 5 Markets!
1. Mercado Central & La Vega Food Markets
2. Los Dominicos Artisans’ Village
3. Bellavista Souvenir Market
4. Patronato Clothes’ Market
5. Santa Lucia Craft Fair
This market is your one-stop shop for handicrafts from throughout Chile and also neighbouring Peru and Bolivia, which makes it particularly interesting for anyone who doesn’t have time to explore beyond Chile’s borders. The market lies across Alameda Avenue from Santa Lucía Hill, near to the artsy Lastarria neighbourhood. You’ll find stalls selling bags, scarves, jumpers, leather shoes and wallets as well as knickknacks and jewellery made from deep blue lapis lazuli, the quintessentially Chilean gemstone. You’ll need a few hours to tackle the entire fair, which extends like a rabbit warren with more stalls around every corner. The Santa Lucia Craft Fair is one of the best places in the city to pick up cheap souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Take a Santiago tour to enjoy its varied markets for yourself!