Best places to buy crafts in Santiago
Chile, with its unique geography, allows all kinds of raw materials and cultures . Thanks to this, it offers a varied range of crafts representing its idiosyncrasy from north to south, manufactured by the indigenous peoples with diverse elements. Although in the capital it is difficult to find the huge variety of products of this type, we can find some examples of Chilean handicrafts in Santiago.
1. Patio Bellavista and surrounding areas
It is one of the favorite places for tourists, as it concentrates not only a varied gastronomic offer but also stores with typical Chilean crafts, such as jewelry in silver and lapis lazuli, handmade cosmetics, objects of horsehair, wood, leather and wool, Mapuche silverware , among others. It is located in the heart of Santiago, a short distance from the Baquedano metro.
In Pío Nono, in front of the Law School of the University of Chile, we have the Plaza de los Artesanos, a fair where leather products stand out -such as footwear, belts and handbags-, although it is also possible to find typical jewelry at prices more affordable than Patio Bellavista.
2. Santa Lucia Craft Fair
In front of Santa Lucía Hill is one of the most famous handicraft fairs in Santiago. It is a large place, in which -although not everything that is sold is typically Chilean- we can find a wide variety of products, such as copper ornaments, jewelry, clothing made with products from the area, etc.
3. Indigenous Art Exhibition Center
It is a small fair, which is located just inside Santa Lucía hill, entering through Alameda. Despite its size, it is possible to find 100% Chilean products from the Mapuche, Rapanui and Aymara cultures, handmade and sold by their own creators.
4. Central Market
If what you are looking for is a combination of Chilean food and local products, this is the place. Located steps away from Cal y Canto subway, here you can taste the most varied offer of dishes with fish and seafood. At the same time, it is possible to acquire souvenirs and typical Chilean products in the central area of the market.
5. La Moneda Cultural Center
It is located under the Palacio de La Moneda, in the metro of the same name. In addition to permanently exhibiting works of art, the space has a store specializing in typical Chilean products, Mapuche crafts, goldsmiths, textiles and products in copper, wood and clay, among others.
In addition to these craft centers, there are other neighborhoods in which it is possible to find typical products, such as Lastarria, Italia and Victoria neighborhoods (famous for their shoe stores specialized in leather). This shows that Chilean craftsmanship in Santiago is on the rise, along with the increase in tourism and the search to acquire sustainable and fair trade products.