Santiago has a wide range of places to eat, from humble picadas serving traditional favourites to slick modern restaurants offering cuisines such as Japanese, Southeast Asian, Spanish, Peruvian, French and Italian. Some are modestly priced but most are fairly expensive, although at lunchtime many offer a good-value fixed-price menú del día or menú ejecutivo. In most places there’s no need to book. There are also innumerable fast food joints and (generally) unappealing fuentes de soda. The bar scene is fast developing, with the historic centre enjoying something of a renaissance. Barrio Brasil (and neighbouring Barrio Yungay) boasts a growing number of cool, idiosyncratic bars and there are plenty options in Bellavista, plus several bar-restaurants elsewhere in Providencia (there are also dozens of dispiriting American-style bars, particularly around the junction of Suecia and Holley, which should be avoided at all costs). Las Condes, unsurprisingly, has a few suitably expensive joints.

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