One of the city's most enigmatic neighborhoods, Bellavista, Santiago's bohemian quarter, is to Santiago what Montmartre is to Paris. Nestled at the foot of Cerro San Cristóbal and its Metropolitan Park, Bellavista positively buzzes with a sense of excitement and creativity, with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions that punctuate tree-lined streets awash with colorful antique homes. Many of the city's esteemed intellectuals and artists live in Bellavista, following in the footsteps of its most famous denizen, Pablo Neruda. The shopping/dining area Patio Bellavista is a pleasant place for an afternoon stroll; in the evening, Bellavista pulses to the beat of music pouring from its many discos and bars. On weekends, there is an evening handicrafts market that runs the length of Pío Nono.

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