A visit to this quarter, which stands out for the architectural value of its buildings, its interesting cultural offer and array of specialized restaurants, bars and cafés, is an absolute must.
Its history is not very different from other historical quarters in Santiago. It began to develop at the close of the 19th century within the grand Barrio Yungay, when aristocratic families started building their enormous, sumptuous residences in this area thanks to the mining boom that flourished in Chile at the time.
The quarter owes its name to the avenue that crosses it from north to south, which, along with the Square, was officially opened in tribute to the country of Brazil. This coincided with the construction of the first attractive mansions, whose design was commissioned from the leading architects of the day. Emblematic constructions include the Archbishopric’s building and the Larraín Palace, both of which were built during the first decades of the last century.
The focal point of this quarter is Plaza Brasil, a square for social and cultural convergence, with permanent displays of street art with attractions as Juegos Federica Matta: 22 sculptures-games injecting color and energy into the heart of this quarter.
Over the last few decades, this quarter has turned into an important gastronomic hub in the city due to its restaurants, bars and cafés mostly located on the Brasil and Cumming avenues.
A smaller area known as Concha y Toro sprang up inside the quarter; its attractive European style homes make it a charming spot in Santiago.
During the 20th century, the Brasil quarter experienced the emigration of wealthy families to the eastern sector of the city and the occupation of their residences by middle class sectors, or their adaptation for trading premises.
Nevertheless, both the refurbishment of palaces and setting up of international level restaurants, as well as cafés and hostels, which has occurred over the last few years, have given a fresh boost to this quarter as a whole, to the extent that it has become a must tourist attraction and point of interest as regards heritage in the capital.
In 2009, Barrio Brasil was declared a Typical Zone.