The pedestrian zones in the center of Santiago are full of live and you can stroll down the streets, while checking out the offers of many stores or street vendors. If you prefer to shop in fancy air-conditioned places: In all of Santiago's districts and the regional capitals large malls just like any American shopping mall have been built. They are open until late at night and also on Saturday and Sunday. Friends of Antiques and flea markets will also enjoy their time in Santiago.
Open late at night (until 10 or 11 pm), also on weekends open all day, when Chilean families do their weekly shopping. The chains Líder and Jumbo are dominant on the market.
Instead of spending the time outdoors on Sundays, many Santiaguinos stay in the air-conditioned shopping malls, where they shop at designer stores, eat at the Food Garden or go to the movies:
- Alto Las Condes, Av. Kennedy 9001, daily 10-22 h
- Parque Arauco, Av. Kennedy 5413, daily 10-21 h
- Apumanque, Av. Apoquindo, corner Manquehue, Mon-Sat 10-21, Sun 11-21 h
- Costanera Center, Av. Vitacura corner Av. Providencia, daily 10-22 Uhr
- Mall Panorámico, Av. 11 de Septiembre 2155, Mon-Sat 10-21, Sun 11-21 h
- Mall del Centro, Rosas, corner of 21 de Mayo, daily 10-21 h
Typical gifts apart from the Chilean national alcoholic drink Pisco and the world-wide famous wine would be papayas from La Serena, chestnut mush and "manjar" (thickened concentrated milk). To be purchased in the Central Market and in all supermarkets.
You can find an excellent selection of Chilean literature at the Feria del Libro (several branches), e. g. in the Galería Drugstore, Av. Providencia, corner Andrés de Fuenzalida. Look for antiquarian trophies in the street San Diego (Metro Univ. de Chile).
Handicrafts and Antiques
Traditional Chilean handicrafts made with precious stones, leather, wool, wood or ceramics can be found at stores as:
and on the following ferias de artesanía (artisans fairs) that open almost every day:
- Santa Lucía: Alameda / Carmen, Downtown. Good and inexpensive.
- Patio Bellavista: Pío Nono 55, Barrio Bellavista. Large assortment of products, good quality, medium prices.
- Los Dominicos: Nueva Apoquindo 9085, Las Condes. High quality handicraft in little stores located inside an old convent. Closed on Mondays.
The largest flea market in Chile is the Persa Bio-Bio, set up all around the street Bio-Bio (Metro station Franklin, Line 2), partly roofed, partly on the street (open only Sat/Sun). You have everything here: precious antiques, furniture, private copies of music and software, etc.
A large variety of low-priced used books and all kinds of antiques can be found every Sunday on the Feria de Domingo. Paseo Estado, between Alameda and Plaza de Armas.