The northern part of Santiago de Chile starts from Bellavista and ranges out to the city borders in the north comprising the municipalities of Recoleta, Independencia, Renca, Quilicura and Huecuraba. These areas north of Mapocho river, was known in colonial times as La Chimba. The area was known for its many convents and cemeteries, and today they’ve been joined by hospitals and health centers. Traditionally a low and middle class part of the city, nowadays this urban sprawl also contains some high class residential areas like Hurchuraba and Chicureo.
Closer to downtown, wedged between San Cristobal and the river, Bellavista is full of eating and drinking places for all tastes. There are also theaters, karaoke bars, LGBT clubs, and artisan and jewellery shops.
Further out line 2 of the metro covers some of the northern suburbs (along Av. Recoleta) and in 2016, line 3 is scheduled to open (along Av. Independencia). However, most areas are accessible by bus. As otherwise with suburban Santiago, avoid rush hours.
You can of course also take a taxi. They are best found at highly trafficked places such as metro stations and malls. While some taxis are circulating in the area, chances of finding one is rather low, especially at nighttime. However in the partying district of Bellavista taxis are more easily found also during the night.