An afternoon in Lastarria in Santiago: Where to go and what to do?

Do you know the Barrio Lastarria located in downtown Santiago? If not, we recommend a visit to this renowned neighborhood of the capital.

Barrio Lastarria has become a must-see destination for tourists. Especially for those who come to Santiago de Chile for the first time.

Where is it located?

Barrio Lastarria is a tourist destination, declared a typical zone since 1998. The neighborhood is located between Plaza Italia, Cerro Santa Lucía, the Alameda -Santiago’s main thoroughfare-, Parque Forestal and the Mapocho River.

A neighborhood where culture and fun converge

Barrio Lastarria has also become a cultural space and a place with important architectural buildings. One of them is the parish of La Veracruz, declared Historical Heritage in 1983. It was built between 1952 and 1957.

Another important building in the Lastarria neighborhood is La Casa de Los Torreones (by the renowned architect Luciano Kulczewski). There are also two buildings on Merced Street, one of which is known as La Gárgola.

One of the main attractions of Barrio Lastarria is the pedestrian promenade, which starts at Rosal and goes all the way to Merced Street. There you will find a fair of antiques, handicrafts and books.

Very close to the pedestrian walkway and the Veracruz Church is the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, in the heart of the Alameda. This cultural complex, located at the exit of the Universidad Católica subway station, has various spaces for meetings and cultural and academic activities, as well as exhibitions.

What tourist and cultural attractions are there in Barrio Lastarria?

One of the corners destined to culture, theater, dance, poetry and music is the Mulato Gil de Castro Square, built in the 19th century. This place was remodeled by important architects, however, it preserves the original style.

In this square is the Museum of Visual Arts with a collection of 1,400 works of Chilean artists and 5 exhibition halls. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Santiago, which includes pieces from native peoples and contemporary art.

Nearby, in the Parque Forestal, is the Museum of Contemporary Art. This space has a Chilean art collection of more than two thousand pieces, whose works are by young Chilean artists.

On José Miguel de la Barra Street is the National Museum of Fine Arts, the first art museum in Latin America. This cultural space has an artistic heritage of more than 3,000 pieces.

Would you like to go for a nice meal?

Very close to Barrio Lastarria is the Magnolia Hotel, whose restaurant is a must for those who want to try something different. Its gastronomy enchants visitors looking for dishes with international recipes and culinary techniques.

In addition to the exquisite preparations offered by the restaurant, the hotel has a terrace on the seventh floor, where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail and pleasant conversation.

If you are sharing with the best company, we recommend ordering the Magnolia platter, which includes house empanadas, meat skewers, avocado pebre, goat cheese with papaya chutney, Serrano ham, salmon tartare, crab cake, native potato chips and tostadas.

The hotel’s restaurant is located at Huérfanos 539, Santiago, and operates from Monday to Sunday from 08:30 to 19:00, while the terrace is available from 13:00 to 22:00.

If you wish to attend the Magnolia Hotel restaurant, please make your reservation HERE.

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