Tourism Shines the Spotlight on Capitals’ Cultural Enclaves
A literary coffeehouse in the Barrio Lastarria om Santiago, Chile. Eduardo Zárate / Flickr
In their search for local shops and secrets, tourists are flocking to neighborhoods just outside city centers that offer a peak at a destination’s culture and everyday life more than government buildings and foreign restaurants.
Excerpt from The New York Times
The Lastarria neighborhood in downtown Santiago used to be a leafy and tranquil residential area favored by retirees, but with its easy access to the city center and its many finance and consulting companies, the small barrio is drawing a more caffeinated younger set.
This recent influx has led to the opening of several locally owned boutiques that have become the go-to places for one-of-a-kind finds. Though the main avenue, also called Lastarria, is mostly lined with bustling restaurants, these shops are tucked away on side streets in old buildings that are a mix of neo-Classical and colonial architecture.