Take line 1 of Santiago´s metro to “Los Dominicos”, walk a few minutes, and you will find this artisan town, were you will discover Chilean history and typical local crafts made from traditional materials and products.
What are you going to find here? The town has more than 100 artists who create and offer their artisan products, using all the materials you can imagine; wood, stone, leader, ceramics… most of them typical Chilean-style goods.
Example of shops you will see in the town.
Many of these shops usually offer work crafts and exhibitions to show and teach tourists how they create their products, so you can get involved in the process and get closer to the culture. You will also find animal shops were birds like the Chilean Queltehue – which are sold here! Moreover, like in any Chilean market, you are going to have the possibility of trying classic Chilean empanadas, and especially in this market, they are supposed to be done in the most traditional way, with a mud oven. Typical sweets, pastries with manjar and chocolate, are also available in shops.
If you’re looking to take a tour of an authentic artesanal market in Santiago, check out this great tour of Pomaire pottery market here.
And the cultural experience is not only offered with the products sold, but within theatres, music, and traditional dance exhibitions – that take place in the streets of the town.
It is worth going to Los Dominicos because of the artisans town itself, and also because of its
surroundings. It is located in the hillside of the Cordillera and next to a national monument, San Vicente Ferrer Church. This area used to belong to the Dominican Fathers of Recoleta – but- in 1978 – some artists asked the Fathers to build this artisans space in the church´s stable – and this is how the Dominicans artisan town was born.
When can you visit it the Los Dominicos market? It is opened every day of the entire whole year – but is closed on Mondays.
- Winter (May-September): From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00h
- Summer (October-April): From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00h
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