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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Central Market (Mercado Central) reviews

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  • Central market— refurnished about ten years ago and still busy but much for available for tourists and locals. Good smells of a real Mercado. Waiters hustling you to dine at their place. Fish... 
    Central market— refurnished about ten years ago and still busy but much for available for tourists and locals. Good smells of a real Mercado. Waiters hustling you to dine at their place. Fish...  more »
  • Vibrant and friendly and full of busy family-run businesses. Mainly food with retaurants on the sales floor and around the balcony. Friendly enough but not for the shy - expect people to take an... 
    Vibrant and friendly and full of busy family-run businesses. Mainly food with retaurants on the sales floor and around the balcony. Friendly enough but not for the shy - expect people to take an...  more »
  • I know many restaurants will have guys outside trying to hustle customers in the door, but this place was ridiculous. They follow, yell, nag, and try to cajole you non-stop. I couldn't find the... 
    I know many restaurants will have guys outside trying to hustle customers in the door, but this place was ridiculous. They follow, yell, nag, and try to cajole you non-stop. I couldn't find the...  more »
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  • It was a collection of seafood restaurants. The waiters were super aggressive as they tried to get you to eat at their restaurant. Nice clean places and the architecture of the building is lovely. We didn't eat there
  • This place is JUST seafood markets and seafood restaurants now. Fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) can be found at Vega Central. Really hated how everyone was so high-pressure with their persuasiveness, trying to get us into their restaurants. You can easily get three employees from the same restaurant trying to talk to you. Ugh.
  • Very nice place. Not swank, but definitely more upscale than most cabanas in the area. Wonderful hosts! Nice breakfast.
  • I have been told it's the best place to get fresh seafood in Santiago. Huge variety of seafood. And small restaurants are close by. Nevertheless beware to get what you expect. I have been told there there might be some tricksters around trying to sell not so fresh fish as new.
  • It’s nice to check it out since it is a famous spot in the city. However, it’s very dirty and smells a lot. Did not feel comfortable eating there, so chose not to.

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