9 Reasons Why Santiago Is the Underappreciated Star of South America [SLIDESHOW]

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Originally published in the November/December issue of Robb Report Home & Style as “City Style: Santiago, Chile

The Southern Hemisphere’s lively locale yields to the creative classes. 

Consider it the underappreciated rising star of South America. Chile’s capital falls fashionably between sentiment and sensation, sidestepping the pretense and posturing of a more in-demand destination. Neoclassical buildings stand beside modern structures; green spaces unfold within the metropolis where international investors are lured by a smart start-up scene; and the nightlife beckons both first-time and seasoned visitors. Santiago also is a study in resilience, after earthquakes in 2010 and 2013 caused extensive damage to the area. Those catastrophes have galvanized its citizens, designers, and architects to rebuild the city as the showpiece of the region. With galleries showing local and international rising stars, restaurants attracting a whole new generation of foodies, charming colonial neighborhoods, an easy-to-navigate infrastructure, a burgeoning wine scene, and museums devoted to history, fashion, and design—the city offers more than a few reasons to head south.