The Lastarria neighborhood’s cobblestone streets and European architecture create a Bohemian vibe. This district offers antique stores and indie boutiques, as well as the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre. Wander around the green oasis of Parque Forestal; enjoy international cuisine; or get your art fix at the Museum of Visual Arts.
With its rich history and central location, Lastarria is a popular stop on Santiago sightseeing tours. Explore Lastarria as part of a neighborhood tour that visits other sights, such as Bellavista, famous for its street art, and the Sanhattan financial district. Evening tours often include dinner and round-trip hotel transportation. Wine lovers can combine a stop at Lastarria with a visit to one of Santiago’s famous wineries, which are located just outside of the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Lastarria neighborhood is a must-visit for art and culture lovers.
- Cobbled streets make Lastarria difficult to access in a wheelchair.
- Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to explore the area on foot.
How to Get There
The most direct way to get to Lastarria is via the Universidad Católica metro. If you’re not comfortable taking public transportation, a guided tour—which usually includes round-trip hotel transfers and air-conditioned transportation—is the most convenient option.
When to Get There
Whether you’re visiting during the day or night, you’ll find plenty to see and do in Lastarria. If you want to make the most of the area’s museums and boutiques, visit during the afternoon or, if you’re looking for chic bars and world-class cuisine, make reservations at a restaurant at night.
The Secrets of Lastarria
In Lastarria, you’ll find antiques at the Plaza Mulato Gil and exhibits at the Museum of Visual Arts. Several shops selling cutting-edge clothing have taken space in the old mansions, along with local woven copper and crin (horsehair) jewelry. On the quiet street of Rosal—often used in photo shoots because of its historic architecture—is the Hidden Bar (Bar Escondido), where tourists and locals convene for cocktails.