Bohemian Barrio Brazil is a favorite haunt of students and musicians. The area has great nightlife, good restaurants, a host of museums, and was declared a conservation area by local authorities for the abundance of beautiful old buildings, some predating the early 1900s. Many of the streets are still cobbled, which makes for a romantic ambiance. An insight into the well-to-do society of early 20th century Santiago, Barrio Brazil is a beautiful part of the city, and is worth the visit.
Life in the barrio is centered around Plaza Brazil. During the day, youâ€™ll find children playing amid the sculptures by Federica Matta (daughter of Roberto Matta, a famous Chilean painter). Night transforms the plaza into a meeting point for young people before they go partying in the clubs and bars. The plaza is a short walk from Metro station Cumming (green line). On and around the streets Ricardo Cumming and Av. Brazil youâ€™ll find a wide choice of bars, cafĂ©s and restaurants to suit most tastes. Along Calle Concha y Toro (a short distance from Metro station RepĂşblica on line 1, the red line) youâ€™ll discover Zully, a trendy bar and restaurant that draws a crowd for its fancy cocktails.
Culture lovers will find good theaters a few blocks from Metro station RepĂşblica (red line), such as Teatro Palomera. Av. Matucana, near Metro station Quinta Normal (green line), holds The Centro Cultural Matucana 100, a renowned visual art gallery and performing arts venue, along with the Biblioteca de Santiago, the cityâ€™s main library.
Quinta Normal, Santiagoâ€™s oldest park, founded as a botanical garden in 1830, has it all: Museo de Historia Natural, Museo de Ciencia y Technolgia, Pabellon Gay, Centro Cultural Municipal, Museo Infantil, the Centro de ExtensiĂłn Balmaceda, Museo de Arte ContempeorĂˇneo, Parque Museo Ferroviario, along with a sports center and Metro Station Quinta Normal (green line). Around the park area youâ€™ll find the Museo Artequin and the Basilica Lourdes. A block away from the park on Escuela Normal is the Museo Pedagologico Gabriella Mistral, named after the famous Chilean writer.
The cityâ€™s main railway station, Metro EstaciĂłn Central (red line), constructed in 1897, boasts an Art Nouveau glass roof. Around the central station are many market stalls and importers, which makes a good stop for the budget shopper.
The metro is an easy way to get around the area, but taxis are necessary after the metro stops running at 10:30 p.m. (10 p.m. on Sundays).