We are renting an apartment in Barrio Italia and I love it! This area is full of designer offices, trendy restaurants and fashion shops – it feels as if I am living in Pinterest – I just want to take pictures of everything and pin it on a wall!
There are hidden shopping arcades behind every entrance or door – and every arcade reveals a different type of furniture shop or dresses that will match up perfectly with the handbags in the adjacent arcade!
Anything you can dream of is here – freshly baked cupcakes, herb planters, lampshades, vinyls…
In the centre of some arcades you will find welcoming restaurants serving a menu del dia (menu of the day) for lunch, usually consisting of a salad or soup, proper main meal, coffee and a pastry for desert for between $6 and $10 (US). You can get great value for money if you know where to eat over lunchtime!
On the streetcorner where Ave Italia meets Caupolican , there are various antique shops with all the antiques exhibited on the sidewalk! It’s very exciting to watch the carpenters polishing shelves and stacking chairs in front of their shops.