Top Destinations for Antiques

The thrill of the hunt makes these places well worth a visit.

Courtesy of Hotel Palacio Astoreca
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Valparaíso, Chile

Practically an antique itself, Valparaíso is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical importance as the South Pacific’s leading merchant port. Shift into bohemian mode at the weekend Feria de Antigüedades la Merced (Plaza O’Higgins), which showcases trunks, lamps, mirrors, and easy-to-carry items like LPs and books. Dig through bulkier finds, like marble statues, silver chandeliers, and pianos, at Lagazio (1978 Calle Independencia;, founded in 1936 by Luis Lagazio, who decorated the presidential palace at Cerro Castillo. Antigüedades El Abuelo (2071 Calle Independencia; has wall clocks, paintings, and lamps, and claims Nobel Prize–winning poet Pablo Neruda among its former customers. End your day at the Palacio Astoreca Hotel (rooms, from $230; 149 Calle Montealegre; 56-32/327-7700;, where locally sourced antiques may inspire your search.