Sunset is the best time to visit the English Neighborhood. It is the moment of the day when the colors and textures of the old English houses from the early XIXth century begin to acquire a different shade. Around fifty pubs, restaurants and discotheques begin to open their gates for youths and middle-aged adults to turn the neighborhood into an attractive alternative for night entertainment.
The cobbled streets let us walk along a gallery of stories. Each façade was a witness to the dwellers of this place two centuries ago. Today, stores selling fine wine, chocolate, tobacco, works of art and handicrafts made by the locals stand behind these walls.
The buildings made with pinewood and the great pastel colored walls gradually became the ideal environment for the elaboration of hearty banquets in the prestigious restaurants. As far as we were concerned, we tried to enter every open pub and restaurant. That is how we saw the inside of these venues and discovered their style.
Today, as a result of the joint effort made by its inhabitants and restoration policies, visitors to Coquimbo may tour around a real postcard of the XVIII and XIXth centuries. It is important to point out that the neighborhood was called "English" due to the language spoken by its first dwellers and that it quickly stood out as a result of the fine housing units built there with their balconies searching for a view onto the sea. The community of immigrants itself started to introduce its own style and design in this port architecture that contributed to consolidating this expansion in parallel with the city social and commercial life.
Art, music and theater are constant exponents in this area of town. Both in the streets and in the inside of the House of Arts and the House of Culture, we found several activities and exhibitions offering an amusing point of view.
The English Neighborhood is waiting to be discovered: a mixture of styles that captivates the senses.
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Useful DataHow to get there
The ancient neighborhood of old English houses from the early XIXth century, located near the port, especially surrounding Vicuña Mackenna Square, it starts in the perimeter laid out by Las Heras, González, Aníbal Pinto and Melgarejo Streets. It gives shape to the present Historical Preservation Area that has reactivated this English Neighborhood, also preserving the cultural heritage of the community.Opening hours
The English Neighborhood may be accessed at any time of the day, though we recommend that you visit it at sunset or at night to enjoy the façades and the special lighting of the area.