Shopping Malls in Santiago
Chile is rapidly growing and Santiago is now home to some extraordinary and high-end shopping malls. Wherever expats reside, there is sure to be a metro stop near a mall that meets all of their consumer needs.
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 shopping at some typical high-end stores that are usually seen 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. For parents with small children there is a small open theatre with live shows, as well as free face painting at small kiosks distributed in the mall.
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 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 expats with teenagers, there is Levi's, Nike, Maui, and Element, amongst others. Tony Roma's, Starbucks and P.F. Chang's also share the mall with a host of other Chilean and European restaurants.
Alto Las Condes
Situated in Barrio Mardonal, the Alto Las Condes mall is yet another option to draw expats 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 expats need and more, with stores that include Crocs, Baby-G and Isadora. 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.
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.