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Santiago is frequently cited as one of the best cities in the world to see street art on display. After two years of living here, I can’t say that I disagree. As you’ll have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, a large part of my feed involves various murals throughout Chile that I have found through my extensive wanderings. Therefore, what I’d like to do today is share two things for those of you who plan to visit Santiago: 1) The best places to find street art 2) My favorite murals. Are you looking for street art in Valparaíso? Check out my guide to Valpo.

Barrio Bellavista

street artThis Santiago neighborhood is your first and best bet for finding street art. In fact, as you cross the bridge over the Mapocho River on your way to Bella, you’ll notice that muralists have even taken over the riverbanks. With Bellavista, you don’t need any plan to find murals, explore. If you are the type of person who needs some direction (don’t worry, I am too), Calle Loreto and Bombero Nuñéz are great places to start.

So why the abundance of murals in the area? Shop owners hire muralists to paint these buildings to make them more attractive to passersby. It seems like the U.S. could take some notes from this practice! Accordingly, it makes sense that such an artsy neighborhood is also the location of Pablo Neruda’s Santiago home, La Chascona.

My favorite street art in Bellavista?

That would have to be the building pictured in my photo below. It currently serves as a theater and acting school called Teatro Imagen. The building is dark green with bright yellow accents. Different figures are painted over the walls in light white strokes, making them almost appear to be ghosts. 

street artAre you looking to find this building yourself? I’ve included its location on a map at the bottom of this post.

Museo a Cielo Abierto

street artThe Chilean government actually initiated this open-air museum in 2010. The purpose was to make older, deteriorating buildings in this more impoverished sector of Santiago more aesthetically pleasing as well as to bring artistic expression to the San Miguel neighborhood. The project (carried out only with the approval of each building’s residents) began with the idea of creating ten murals and finally resulted in 40 massive murals covering various blocks of the area.

Museo a Cielo Abierto is my favorite place in Santiago to fuel my constant search for color. Nonetheless, many Chileans and tourists don’t know about this destination or the fact that it is easily reachable by metro.

ImageMy favorite street art at museo a cielo abierto?

That would have to be the mural shown below, entitled “Señales de Vida” (“Signs of Life” in English) by artist and graphic designer, Ecos. This mural illustrates flora and fauna that are characteristic of Chile, including a puma, condor, and araucaria tree on the left side and a whale on the right.

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Barrio Brasil

FullSizeRender-106This neighborhood in the city center was originally home to Santiago’s aristocracy in the mid-1800s. Therefore, it provides an exciting mix of older houses covered in modern art. I recommend starting in Plaza Brasil and making your way around these colorful streets. Make sure not to miss Barrio Concha y Toro, a hidden area nearby that was styled to look like a European city complete with Gothic mansions and cobblestone avenues (yes, there is even street art here!).

FullSizeRender-107My favorite street art in Barrio Brasil?

I recently explored Barrio Brasil and found the mural pictured below as I was walking one of the streets directly off Plaza Brasil (you can find it on the map at the bottom of this post). I found myself drawn to this mural because of its many images representing different parts of Chile and its culture, ranging from pre-Columbian times to the present day. 


Where is your favorite street art in Santiago?


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Saturday 29th of July 2017

Thank you so much for the information, Leah! I live in Santiago since 4 months and I love street-art. I passed through the museo al cielo abierto by car a few times, but never stopped. I've been there today and truly enjoyed avery street-art painting.


Sunday 19th of June 2016

Ahh! Great post, I love street art!! Thanks for linking up!

Leah Shoup

Sunday 19th of June 2016

You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it!

Jessi (Two Feet, One World)

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Street art is one of my favourite things to spot when I'm visiting a city - love how bright and gorgeous these are. #WanderfulWednesday

Leah Shoup

Sunday 19th of June 2016

Me too! They make such great spots for photos too!


Thursday 16th of June 2016

I was literally just talking to a friend about how I want to explore Santiago's street art more!! I seriously just need to grab my camera one day and head out and see what I find! I always love seeing the murals you find on Instagram! They're the best! I'm actually heading to Valpo this weekend too, so I'll have to hit up your guide :D! Thanks for linking up Leah!!

Leah Shoup

Sunday 19th of June 2016

Valparaiso is the absolute BEST for street art! No problem! Hope you had fun in Valpo!!!

Michelle @ Mishfish13

Thursday 16th of June 2016

I just bought a ticket to Chile, so I'm super pumped about these!! Such bold colors--gorgeous!!

Leah Shoup

Sunday 19th of June 2016

You're going to have the best time! Let me know if you need any advice on what to do!

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