Santiago's boho chic quarter flies in the face of criticism.
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Bellavista stuns with its colourful streets, its fanciful architecture and the lushness of a colossal tree-clad hill, the Cerro San Cristóbal, as a natural backdrop. No wonder it was here that Pablo Neruda, Chile’s famous Noble-laureate poet, decided to build his home in the capital in the 1950s. On lazy, sunny days, this barrio feels like a village miles away from the roaring noise of la Alameda – even if it’s only a short walk from here. Yet it’s not Bellavista's daytime cuteness that pulls the punters. The area’s numerous snazzy bars, restaurants and cafés heave with crowds every weekend night as the barrio reaches fever pitch. This hotly desired location has drawn a massive investment in nightlife infrastructure and these days the Bellavista can, quite literally, cater for all tastes.