Barrio Bellavista in Santiago, Chile is popular for being an upscale tourist destination as well as the nightlife hotspot. Just a pleasant walk or short metro ride away from Santiago Centro, it’s a good retreat for those looking to get away from the noise and crowds of the downtown area. The super modern outdoor galleria, Patio Bellavista, is home to dozens of boutique eateries and posh restobars, as well as little touristy shops selling all sorts of local Chilean handicrafts. Tourist trap? Maybe. But it’s not hard to understand why tourists like to visit. It’s safe, clean, and comfortable.
However, I love Bellavista for another reason: its funky street art scene.
It’s almost like a juxtaposition of sorts. The ultra refined Patio Bellavista, with its soft music and perfectly designed patios looking like they just stepped out the pages of a modern living magazine, is surrounded by streets where the buildings are colorful with street art. Clearly, the residents here have a different image for Bellavista. And have found a way to portray the quirky, bohemian neighborhood through the expressions of urban art.
Follow along with me as I explore the street art scene in Bellavista!
Bellavista is truly one of the more interesting neighborhoods in Santiago. My favorite way to spend an afternoon there is by wandering through the streets and getting lost in the creative and imaginative artwork. If you have a day to spare on your visit, Bellavista is definitely worth a jaunt to get a taste of colorful urban life, unlike anywhere else in the entire city of Santiago!
Getting there: Take the metro, Red Line or Green Line, Baquedano exit. The stop will drop you off across the street from the San Sebastian University. Walk towards it, and you’ll be in Bellavista.
Where to go: Below is a map outlining the rough walking path you can take to see many of the artwork that I saw (click to enlarge). But of course, feel free to meander through whatever streets you want! Anywhere you go, you’ll be sure to see something amazing!
Which one was your favorite? And what other cities in the world should I visit for great street art?