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World’s Most Beautiful Shopping Districts


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Barrio Italia, Santiago, Chile

Previously a quiet, tree-lined residential corner in the western neighborhood of Providencia, Barrio Italia (named after the wave of 19th-century Italian immigrants who first populated the area) has transformed itself into one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. Now colonial homes house design and antiques stores, contemporary art galleries and trendy restaurants. Barrio Italia is best known for it various home-decor shops: Browse the wood-heavy catalogue of modern furniture at Bravo! (975 Ave. Italia; bravo.io), visit Oofelia (1295 Ave. Italia; oofelia.com) for all manner of light fixtures from brands like Plumen and Nordic Tales and stop in at Savia (1321 Ave. Condell; savia.cl) for the local designer’s award-winning pieces, including folded-steel origami tables with glass tops.

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