Central Market (Mercado Central), Santiago

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Inspect the daily haul at Central Market (Mercado Central), a great place to shop for fresh fish in Santiago. Give yourself a second to adjust to the potent smell of fish, then meander through the aisles, keeping an eye out for any particularly exotic catches. You can sit down and enjoy some of the day's spoils at one of the market's many fish restaurants, but beware of tourist traps--while many offer decent meals at reasonable prices, some will try almost anything to drag you into their overpriced establishment. Plan to visit Central Market (Mercado Central) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santiago attractions using our Santiago journey planner .
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  • October 6, 2017
    fabulous-- fish -meats -- sounds- smells -- activity --music -hustle and bustle--street music -street stalls  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    Be prepared to be covered countless times by sellers and waiters. Basically, all restaurants selling seafood. I didn't have lunch there, but I was in the mood for some giant crab (King).
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  • October 4, 2017
    How is a tourist spot went to the central market to meet and willing to meet the true Chilean food. The market has a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood. Restaurants are already in great majority the same network, and few who are not part of this network. I was determined to eat there and ended up giving up the great insistence of waiters and other attendants trying to get me to sit down, said no to one and had another insisting for me to eat there, plus a few men who were singing around expecting tips. Despite the hunger went looking for a restaurant in another location.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Even though this place is actually the Santiago Fish Market whose architecture is a proof of a magnificent past, even though the above, it's just a good spot to buy fresh fish and shellfish. The restaurants are low quality premises and one of those ones "Donde Augusto" is the worst place to go for a meal. The food is not fresh at all, some of the products are frozen and usually many of the customers of this restaurant have stomach problems after eating there.
  • April 2, 2017
    The most interesting/unique part is seeing all the different fish and seafood. It's kinda gross and there are cats slurping up the fish guts on the floor, but I'm still glad we visited. I would have been curious otherwise. The restaurants are super pushy about eating at their spot, but I would advise you take your time and check out the whole building. There are also bathrooms, but you have to pay (300 pesos)!
  • March 28, 2017
    Cool fish market with restaurants inside. Hosts will hustle for your business. Just say you're not hungry and they'll back off. Smells fishy but that's too be expected. Exterior is overall very clean. The offerings are unique. You'll find a variety of Chilean seafood on the stands in the restaurants. Check out the eel! It's huuuuuuuge!
  • July 29, 2017
    Acceptably clean. Well organised. Wonderful food.
  • June 6, 2017
    A lot of variety of local food, specially seafood, fish and soups. It's a must if you come from US or Western Europe. If you come from other countries, nothing that you haven't seen before

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