After I finished walking through Providencia, I continued walking east along the Río Mapocho and came to the area locals like to call Sanhattan. This is Santiago’s answer to Manhattan, with a few glitzy skyscrapers, office buildings, and expensive restaurants and hotels.
Gran Torre Santiago is the skyscraper that dominates the skyline of Santiago. It’s the tallest building in Latin America and the second tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. It is 64 stories tall. Construction started in 2006 and is almost finished at the time of this entry. It’s connected to a shopping mall, Costanera Center.
Connected to Sanhattan is another high-end area, Barrio El Golf. It’s also full of expensive high rises and some of Santiago’s top restaurants. There is a golf course here that gives the area its name, Club de Golf Los Leones.
A main artery in the neighborhood that’s nice to walk down is Avenida Isidora Goyenechea. It is lined with several very good restaurants and cafés. I’ve eaten at three of them, Ica (Peruvian), Sushiban (take a guess), and Oporto (steak and fish). They aren’t cheap but all are very good. I ended up paying about US$25 at each place.