The big picture. Take a ride on the old funicular train, which glides up 2,500 feet into the sky to the highest point in the city, st. Christopher’s hill. From there, you’re rewarded with sweeping views of Santiago and the beautiful sanctuary of the virgin of immaculate conception, a national icon in Chile.
Fill up on a Chilean staple. A favorite lunchtime sandwich among locals, el lomito consists of a generous pile of marinated pork that’s been shaved and placed between slices of bread with avocado. The best el lomito in the city is arguably served at the counters of the old Fuente Alemana café.
Explore the arts center of Parque Forest. This urban park contains some of the most eclectic art in Santiago and is also a hangout for artists in the city. Begin at the museum of contemporary art, which is housed next to a beaux-arts-style complex that is a stunning architectural feat. Nearby, you’ll find mavi (museum of visual arts), a hub for diverse expressions of visual art.
Experience some of Chile’s best farm-to-table dining. Estro at the Ritz-Carlton, Santiago partners with local artisans, anglers and organic producers to source top-notch seasonal ingredients. The menu is a gesture of appreciation to Chilean cuisine: risotto with regional chilies, pan-fried, sustainable fish, and a daily tiradito, a spicy Chilean tradition similar to Japanese Crudo.
Sip Chile’s variation of the pisco sour. While chile’s neighbors in Peru lend tang to their pisco sours with lime, Chilean bars, such as the lively, frozen-in-time Liguria, mix the grape brandy-based cocktail with a generous amount of puckery, freshly squeezed lemon juice.