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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  • We have traveled all over and markets always get our interest. Its always nice to see local vendors doing their thing, locals buying items etc..its an experience . This one is no exception...just down...  more »
  • Very nice market! Recommend a visit. Much choice of restaurants with local food. Mainly seafood. Just ahead, there are a few travel agencies that had many Brazilians in attendance.
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  • Here, too, it is enchanted to the structure. inside is pretty much only one restaurant. and a couple of items for tourists. It is interesting the whole area around the shops. where do you find beautiful products like hats. the harness boots.
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  • This place is meant for tourists. As soon as you walk in, every restaurant worker will hound you to come eat at their restaurant. The “market” is 90% restaurants. We ended up choosing a smaller shop on the outskirts for lunch but was not impressed. Fish was incredibly salty, soup pretty light in terms of actual content. There are probably better places to eat for Chilean seafood
  • Very interesring place to have a wide variety of fresh see food. There are many small a one really big and famous restaurant. I also found very convenient the souvenirs booths. Around the area I found interesting to see the traditional market selling fruts, veggies and few clothing items.
  • Lovely central fish and sea food market (the air is filled with seafood smell). Its a tourist place with plenty of visitors and tourists around. Centrally located. Bit congested and low on hygiene in some places but overall a neat and clean place. Be careful of pick pockets and keep your valuables in the front pockets. Also, avoid the central restaurants as they are expensive. Local restaurants are preferably better and offer good local fresh stuff. Food is tasty and well prepared. As in all tourist places, prices are inflated so look for decent bargains. All in all a good place to visit and enjoy the local music and atmosphere!👍👌
  • A must stop yo have lunch if you are in Santiago and you want to experience an original fish market. Just stroll around and choose a restaurant a bit isolated not crowded, taste ceviche and a bottle of Chilean wine.
  • The Eiffel building in Santiago de Chile with best fish restaurants in town. Defenetely it's worth a visit!
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