Shopping Malls in Santiago
Chile is rapidly growing and Santiago is now home to some extraordinary and high-end shopping malls. Wherever you reside, there is sure to be a metro stop near a mall that meets all of your consumer needs. In fact, Chile has a new mall that is settled in the largest building in all of South America.
Mall Center Costanera
Quickly becoming one of Santiago’s most popular destinations, Mall Center Costanera is located in the Center Costanera, the tallest building in South America. Inside, as well as outside, there are perfect places to enjoy an espresso, such as Starbucks and Juan Valdes, before you enjoy shopping at some typical high-end stores that you usually see in the States, such as Oscar De La Renta, Guess, Armani Exchange, Hugo Boss, Swarovski, Banana Republic, Gap and more. There are cosmetics stores for the women, such as MAC and Lush. The grocery store JUMBO is also located in the mall with a large selection of gourmet foods from around the world that you may miss. For parents with small children there is a small open theatre that you can pay a small fee to see live shows, there is also free face painting at small kiosks distributed in the mall. To top off your day you can catch a movie in the massive cinema on the sixth floor.
Mall Center Parque Arauco
Parque Arauco is a mall to rival every mall in Chile. Located in the Las Condes municipality of Santiago, it is breathtakingly beautiful with outdoor stores nestled outside amongst beautiful fountains and natural looking stonework. With small bistro areas to enjoy your food while people pass by and shop, this mall has international cuisine for every budget, as well as world renowned retail stores which include but are not limited to Diesel, Guess, Hugo Boss, Izod, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Laura Ashley and more. For your teenaged brood there is Levi's, Nike, Maui, and Element, amongst others. If shopping makes you hungry then you are in luck because Tony Roma's , Starbucks and P.F. Chang's share the mall with a host of other Chilean and European restaurants. Last but not least there is a home design level with everything you need to decorate your humble abode. Whew, what else could anyone want?
Alto Las Condes
Situated in Barrio Mardonal, the Alto Las Condes mall is yet another option to tickle your senses and draw you into shopping bliss, with a beautiful view of Santiago, this up-scale retail establishment has most of the same options as the previous malls with an addition of a coffee and wine bar and, my personal favourite, modestly priced salad eatery. This mall also has the pleasant addition of children's cooking classes and live music nights. There are always events going on so check with the mall monthly to see what else they can offer.
Mall Plaza Florida
The Mall Plaza Florida is more budget friendly and carries more of the typical Chilean shopping fare. Salons, theaters, and the ever popular coffee houses place this mall in the top four, with Chilean stores neighbouring well-known American brands. This mall has everything you need and more. They have also just built some new stores that you may know well; Crocs, Baby-G, and Isadora. They have a typical "tienda" to pay your bills which is much safer that paying in the street. This mall has several family activities such as Chess tournaments, open gymnasium days, theatre troupe, kid's Sundays, large cinemas, and more, which makes it a very family friendly place to shop, so take everyone out to enjoy a night on the town!
So many malls…so little time. There are several smaller malls in Santiago as well as these listed, so just start exploring. In the meantime, start with these and savour the taste of shopping in Chile.