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. To visit Central Market (Mercado Central) on your holiday in Santiago, and find out what else Santiago has to offer, use our Santiago trip itinerary planner.
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  • There are a few restaurants, some fishmongers and a few other shops ... in the middle part there are some stalls selling clothes, hats, caps, souvenirs, etc. Accept tents reais and dollars tbm. The good news is, take a walk, do a tent to another, the price is different. They equate "almost" a casa de cambio ... bought in dollars and they returned me the change in Chilean pesos to a quote of clp 650 = $1 q was the quotation on the exchange houses the street augustinas.
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  • I didn't like to have gone to meet the Central market. I thought crazy, besides being very expensive. Is very busy and waiters fill the bag to eat.
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  • The environment can scare who is familiar with the market of the Cantareira in São Paulo. The target audience is the local people but what surprised us was the immense variety of seafood and hospitality. Worth a quick visit to whoever's around.
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  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • 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!
  • Acceptably clean. Well organised. Wonderful food.
  • 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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