If you'revisiting the capital city of Chile you cannot miss having a real bohemian night at this neighborhood of artists, writers and, musicians.
The itinerary must start with a show. You can either go to the theater at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral(GAM) (Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227) or to the movies in the beautiful old style cinema El Biógrafo (José Victorino Lastarria 181).
Once in the GAM, you can choose between a lot of different spectacles like dance, performance or play seven in different languages. The program is very dynamic so you never know what you are going to find. On the other hand, in El Biógrafo you can get to see a lot of independent European films.
Once you get out of the theater is a good idea walk through Lastarria and Merced streets. Every afternoon this intersection is the place of gathering of many different street artists, craftsman and, antique sellers. In there you can find a lot of different unexpected treasures.
Another shopping option is Kind of Blue (Merced 323), a record store where you can listen to vinyls and shop between a great variety of music.
Once you get hungry, you can choose between lots of street food options, but if you want to have a truly bohemian meal, you have to go to Les Assassins (Merced 297 - B). This is one of the oldest places in the neighborhood, a strange mixture between a French bistro and an English pub. Definitively a place you have to visit when in Barrio Lastarria Santiago.
To goon with the night and have a traditional drink you can decide between wine and pisco. Or choose both. If you like winetasting, Bocanáriz (José Victorino Lastarria 276) isyour place. In there you will have the chance of taste the best wines of Chilean vineyards.
Though, if you prefer getting to know a very famous local drink your optionis Chipe Libre or Independent Republic of Pisco (José Victorino Lastarria 282) like they like to call themselves. In there, you will have the opportunity of tasting different kinds of pisco and mixings of this Chilean (and Peruvian) grape brandy.
Finally, you can enjoy the rest of the night in one of the numerous terraces of the Lastarria neighborhood, like the one of the Ópera Catedral bar (José Miguel de La Barra 407). In there you can have all sorts of drinks, enjoy the conversation and even get to see different musical shows depending on the day.
As you can see, the only thing youhave to do to enjoy a bohemian night like the locals do at Barrio Lastarria Santiago is put your feet on the street and have a good time.
If you’re travelling to Santiago between December and March, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonders of the Chilean Summer. While locals leave the city for their holidays, you can take advantage of one of the most diverse districts in town.
1. Enjoy the Parque Forestal
This is one of the most beautiful green areas surrounding the historic quarter of Lastarria Santiago. You can go jogging, rent a bike or lay down in the grass, enjoying a picnic while contemplating historical buildings and an eclectic mix of neoclassical architecture and colonial legacy, from Museo de Bellas Artes to the Bruna Palace.
During the Summer you’ll find lots of outdoor activities such as book fairs, recitals and ,theater shows that you can ask about when you arrive at the hotel.
2. Attend a series of workshops at the GAM Summer School
Every year the Centro Gabriela Mistral (GAM) prepares a diverse schedule of activities. It has previously hosted children’s workshops and storytelling activities, Japanese handicraft training, poetry reading and theater shows.
Regardless of the day, in Lastarria Santiago you can walk up to this cultural center and find plenty of fun activities.
3. Walk up the Cerro Santa Lucía
This traditional landmark and cultural heritage for Santiago is a must for anyone who wishes to take a stroll, enjoying both history and sightseeing.
It is one of the most visited public parks, and you can visit both the late 19th century terraces built by governor Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna as well as the old batteries that protected Santiago under Spanish rule.
4. Visit the arts and craft fairs
Lastarria holds a variety of bookshops and artisan fairs such as the Centro Artesanal Santa Lucía, offering traditional clothing and jewellery as well as vintage books.
One renowned corner is the Mulato Gil de Castro square, named after a prominent colonial painter. It is surrounded by restaurants, an archaeological and visual arts museum and the Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, built in 1857.
5. Go on a midnight pub crawl
If you want to have a sip of different tastes, there are some bohemian operators running English-speaking tours around bars and clubs. Explore the eclectic energy of the nightlife in this part of Santiago with other English speakers, within a walking distance or a cab ride from the hotel.
6. Take a break and enjoy our exclusive terrace
If you want to enjoy the sun and the moonlight, and appreciate the scenery while keeping it at an intimate level, Ismael Hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and sun terrace, where you can enjoy a great view of Santiago.
To know what’s trending during the Summer days you enjoy with us, come to our front desk, and our personnel will be happy to give you the most up-to-date activities taking place.