Providencia is in Santiago de Chile. It's one of the commercial and gastronomical hotspots of the city, in particular along Avenida Providencia. Here you can find culturally interesting barrios like Bellavista and Italia, and in the east, towards Sanhattan, some of the city's skyscrapers. Cerro San Cristobal, one of the city's most famous hills, is located here as is the part of the Mapocho river and the parks on the bank of it.
If you like walking, you can get in from downtown on foot, it's about 2 km to Parque Bustamente and longer elsewhere. One nice route is through Parque Forestal along the Mapocho river.
With several lines crossing through and several stops, it's easy to get in and around Providencia by subway. Providencia is easily accessible by Metro Lines 1 and 4 as well as the many buses which run along Avenida Providencia.
- 1 Torre Telefónica, Providencia 111. Until 2010 Santiago's highest building, now surpassed by Torre Titanium La Portada and Gran Torre Santiago.
- 2 Plaza Baquedano. The lively little square in the intersection of the two most important avenues of Santiago, Alameda and Vicuña Mackenna is also frequently the place for public meetings such as celebrating sport successes and political demonstrations.
- 3 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Avenida Matucana 464. Santiago's modern art museum is part of the university's faculty of art. Next to the façade there's a statue by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
- 4 Gran Torre Santiago (Costanera Center), Av. Andrés Bello 2425, Providencia (from Tobalaba metro station, walk along calle Luis Thayer Ojeda northwards to see the building). South America's highest building with a viewing platform on the top floor.
- [formerly dead link] Festival de Jazz de Providencia. A very good jazz festival takes place during summer (typically each January) in Providencia. The Festival de Jazz de Providencia takes place each year in Mapocho's riverside and showcasts the best local bands and some international guests. A good budget-conscious alternative for summer nights.
- 1 Federación de Andinismo de Chile, Almirante Simpson 77, ☏ . The mountaineering foundation founded in 1947 organizes excursions and competitions, as well as offers courses in mountaineering, first aid, and orienteering through its affiliate, the Escuela Nacional de Montaña.
- 2 Club Alemán Andino, Arrayán 2735, email@example.com. Founded in 1924, this mountaineering organization offers trekking, bouldering, and climbing excursions and workshops.
- 3 Parque Metropolitano de Santiago (Cerro San Cristóbal) (from Pedro de Valdivia metro station, go east to calle Pedro de Valdivia, then north to the end of the street. Coming from the metro station Baquedano, cross the Pío Nono bridge and walk north along calle Pío Nono, until it ends.). One of the city's landmarks, this hill has walking paths, gardens, viewpoints and the Metropolitan zoo. free.
- 4 Parque de las esculturas, Avenida Santa María (from Los Leones metro station walk north along calle Nueva de Lyon until río Mapocho, the entrance is just across the river). A place to relax with many sculptures and good views to the skyline of the financial district. free.
Avenida Providencia, between Manuel Montt and Tobalaba is full of shops selling things like fashion, jewellery, crafts as well as larger department stores. More of the latter can be found near Portal Lyon.
- 1 Mall Costanera Center, Avenida Andrés Bello 2425. The first six floors of the Gran Torre Santiago hold the newest mall in Santiago. A gigantic food court, cinema, supermarket and stores like Banana Republic, H&M, Zara, NTS. Also restaurants and cafes like Crepes&Waffles, Hard Rock Cafe and Applebees.
- 2 Mall Vivo Panorámico, Av Nueva Providencia 2155. Close to Los Leones station, this mall has a bit of everything from ice cream to shoes.
Numerous restaurants can be found here, especially in Barrio Bellavista, Barrio Italia and the side streets of Avenida Providencia. Thanks to the presence of banks and offices in the area, there are often fixed menu lunch deals for about 2000-4000 pesos, available at about 13:00-16:00. Fast food places and pizzerias are not different to find either.
- 1 Aquí Está Coco, La Concepción 236, ☏ , . M-F 13:00-15:00 and 19:00-23:00, Sa 13:00-15:00 and 20:00-23:00. Seafood is this restaurant's specialty and its menu has a wide variety of fish and shellfish to choose from. There are a number of other dishes for the non-seafood lover as well.
- 2 Amadeus, Av. General Bustamante 50 (Metro Baquedano (Lines 1 and 5) and Metro Parque Bustamante (Line 5)). Tasty wood-fired pizzas that start at CLP$3500-4000.
- 3 Docetrece, Tobalaba 1213, Providencia, ☏ . M - Sa 13:00 - 00:00, Su 13:00 - 16:00. A very good place to eat a generous sandwich (try the "Holanda") or a big Chorrillana, and a great variety of national and imported beers.
- 4 Baco, Nueva de Lyon 113, Providencia, ☏ . A relaxing French restaurant in Providencia, with one of the best wine list of the city. 25,000 pesos per couple.
- 5 Hogs, Los Leones 40, ☏ . 11:00-01:00. A veritable fast food boutique that sells hot dogs of many different meats and plenty of toppings to choose from. 2000-4000 pesos.
- 6 Vegan Bunker, Fresca 529, ☏ . M–F 13:00–20:30, Sa 13:00-20:00. Phenomenal vegan sandwich place with a feminist flair. English menus available. 4000–6000 pesos.
- Barrio Manuel Montt has a small and unique atmosphere with mid-range prices. It can be reached at Metro Manuel Montt (Line 1).
- 1 El Candil, Providencia 1421. Until midnight. A quiet bar/restaurant in Providencia. The traffic outside is noticeable but not excessive and drinking outside here has a genuinely pleasant urban flavour. If you fancy making a night of it, Bar Liguria is practically next door.
- 2 Bar Liguria, Providencia 1373. This bar looks like a 1950s American diner and plays music ranging from classic 1950s rock to what you'd hear in a mid-2000s London pub. For all that, it's clearly no tourist trap and the clientele are mainly local. At the weekend the bars on Pio Nono are probably a better bet, but for a mid-week drink this is well worth a visit. It is also a great restaurant during the day. It serves many local dishes and drinks, including great wines.
- Suecia is roughly located at Providencia and Suecia, in between Metro Tobalaba (Lines 1 and 4) and Los Leones (Line 1). It is a boulevard of bars and discos about three blocks long. It used to cater to a foreign and upscale audience, but it seems now that the most entertaining bars moved to Manuel Montt.
- 3 Boomerang, General Holley 2285. High scale pub and cocktail bar.
- 4 Black Rock Pub, Providencia 2548, Local 42, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa. An Australian-owned gastropub which offers a wide selection of domestic and international microbrews and cuisine. Watch sports on the multiple TVs inside or enjoy watching the day go by in the tree-shaded terrace. Happy Hour until 22:00 everyday.
- 1 Hostal Romandia, Román Díaz 1403, ☏ . Located in a quiet residential district, the Hostal Romandia is a central bed and breakfast style accommodation perfect for business travelers, students, or guests who want to get a good night's sleep in order to discover the fascinating city of Santiago's attractions during their stay.
- 2 [dead link] Atacama Hostel, Roman Diaz 130, ☏ . Hostel is close to bars, restaurants, clubs and both the bus and subway station. Rooms are cozy and colorful, large common room with lots of places to hang out and TV and DVDs, the terrace is a great place for a BBQ and views of the city. The water temperature in the showers here can be a bit temperamental.
- 3 Footsteps Backpackers, Almirante Simpson 50 (Metro Baquedano (Line 1)). Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. A nice little hostel not too far from the trendy area of Bellavista. 7,000 pesos, 8 dorm mixed.
- 4 [dead link] Castillo Surfista Hostel, Maria Luisa Santander 329 (Metro Baquedano (Lines 1 and 5)), ☏ . Opened by a California surfer in January 2012, this hostel is located a short walk from everything, but the neighborhood is safe and quiet. Private rooms, shared dorms, surfing trips, in-house Spanish classes, and student housing in Santiago are available.
- 5 Hostal Providencia, Vicuña Mackenna 92-A, ☏ . Rooms with private and shared bathrooms in a house with an antique Chilean style with a modern twist. Staff is very helpful. Breakfast, BBQ, common areas with free internet and Wi-Fi, cable TV, books and DVD library. A three minute walk from Metro Baquedano, Plaza Italia and walking distance to Bellavista neighborhood.
- 6 Ventana Sur Hostel, Claudio Arrau 340, Providencia (Close to Santa Isabel Metro station), ☏ , email@example.com. Chilled out hostel but there's always something going on. Good location with friendly staff who always go the extra mile and are great fun to hang out with. Pool, free internet and WiFi, continental breakfast included, Friday night BBQs, Wednesday free wine nights. Duvets in the dorms. US$11-12 dorms, US$21 single with shared bathroom, US$36-44 Double with private bathroom.
- 7 Furchi E.I.R.L -Furnished Apartments-/ Bilbao3561, Francisco Bilbao & San Juan de Luz (One block from Metro Bilbao (Line 4)), firstname.lastname@example.org. Furnished two-bedroom apartment, 58 m² that sleeps up to four people. Includes full kitchen, washing machine, LCD TV , Cable, Desktop Computer with Internet, WiFi, DVD player, stereo, Chilean Cell Phone and free phone (local, national and international calls). The service also includes local access numbers in many cities around the world to call directly to the apartment as a local call. Other apartments also available in Santiago. US$75/night + $30 cleaning fee.
- 8 MG Apartments, Pedro de Valdivia 263 (near Av 11 de Septiembre, metro Pedro de Valdivia), ☏ . Nice views over the city, towel changes must be asked. The apartments have complete kitchens with microwave, oven and hob but no meals or breakfast are provided, although there are many restaurants and cafes like starbucks nearby. Internet access (wi-fi) is included in the price. Furniture are modern and well conserved as are the bed and pillows. There are cable TV and LCD monitors. A good deal and location in the city. US$65/night double.
- 9 NH Ciudad de Santiago, Condell 40 (Metro Salvador (Line 1)). Elegant hotel in the centre of the city, a short distance from the primary metro line. The hotel contains 122 suites with private bathrooms, and separate bedroom and living room. Rooms contain sofa, minibar, television and Wi-Fi while the hotel itself offers a gym, sauna, and swimming pool.
- 10 [dead link] Meridiano Sur, Petit Hotel, Santa Beatriz 256, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 14:09, check-out: 12:00. Five double rooms and two singles with private bathroom, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. There is also a loft with room for five. US$72-135, loft $260 (rates cheaper May-Aug).
- 7 Café Literario Parque Bustamante, General Bustamante 50, ☏ . M-F 09:00-19:45, Sa Su 10:00-19:45. A combination library-café (hence, "literary café") located in the park, free Wi-Fi.
- 8 Café Literario Parque Balmaceda, Providencia 410, ☏ . M-F 09:00-19:45, Sa Su 10:00-19:45. Similar to the above, except smaller.