This city of 7 million is not only home to the tallest building in Latin America (Gran Torre Santiago), it’s also a popular stopping-off point between excursions in the area. Don’t think that Santiago is just like every other cosmopolis - this South American cultural hot spot has lots to offer and worth spending a few days in before or after you visit the beaches, volcanoes or ancient settlements. Escape the downtown atmosphere in one of the beautiful parks with great views of the Andes, wander the city looking for Art Deco and Neo-Gothic masterpieces, visit the Mercado Central or any other of the city’s markets to get an hands-on look at local life and definitely sample some of the best food in town with our top picks.
Best for Italian at Tiramisu
Best for Sandwiches and Beer at Fuente Alemana
Best for Ceviche at Restaurant La Mar
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