Pedestrian Precincts in Santiago
Paseo Peatonal Ahumada
This street has been the principal commercial artery of the city since colonial times. It was turned into a pedestrian precinct in 1977 and re-modeled in 1999. It is now the axis with the greatest social, commercial and functional activity in Santiago, and its four blocks contain the big department stores.
The precinct opens onto the principal artery of the city, Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, opposite the building of the Universidad de Santiago and the Iglesia de San Francisco, the cloisters of which have been converted into a Colonial Museum.
Paseo Peatonal Huérfanos
This street was converted into a pedestrian precinct in 1977 and re-modeled in 1999. The precinct is a busy commercial center, containing the best shoe shops in the country and a great variety of cinemas. You can observe the busy life of the city center, and the singers and actors who gather here.
Paseo Peatonal Avenida Bulnes
This pedestrian precinct is lined with the buildings of great institutions, for example, the bookshop of the Fondo de Cultura Económica. The avenue was built between 1938 and 1950 to complete to the civic quarter. como completamente del Barrio Cívico.
Paseo Peatonal Corregidor Zañartu
Access is by Calle Mac-Iver, and the precinct runs for one block to Calle Esmeralda.
Paseo Las Palmas
You can get to this precinct by Metro, getting out at Los Leones station. On Saturdays at midday young people gather around improvised theater and music groups.
Paseo Peatonal Drugstore
This gallery, in Avenida Providencia, has excellent bookshops, music shops and a good café with tables outside.
Paseo Peatonal Londres
This sector is enclosed within San Francisco, Alonso Ovalle and Serrano streets, and the Alameda. It was constructed during the years 1923 to 1929.