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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  • Had a break in between meetings and stopped at the central market for lunch. Seafood was excellent. Try the sea bass  more »
  • We were in Santiago's central market on a Saturday afternoon, thank God we had lunch somewhere else and we left to go on the market already fed, because it would be painful to have lunch there, overall the market is small, the floor is wet and smells like fish, everywhere has vacation packages sellers very insistent. The restaurants it looks like dirt, I wouldn't recommend it and wouldn't go back.
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  • Good option to take a tour and have lunch there. The dishes are not cheap, eat fish with shrimp sauce and each dish came out 9,500.00 pesos. The shrimp sauce is also not as we are used in Brazil, because in our special sauce was cooked prawns placed on top of the fish. A bia option are the seafood stews, but it was very hot and we opted to not order this dish.
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  • Smells terrible, but you must see it! It's really exotic and you cna find great food there
  • Un clásico e imperdible de Santiago histórico
  • One of the busiest, noisiest fish markets I have seen. A must see attraction in Santiago. While you are there you should try one of the many restaurants, don't be put off by the price, it's worth it. Good fresh fish, served well. This is the best I have tasted in Chile so far.
  • One of the world's best fish market's, filled with restaurants. Cheap local restaurants on the outside and more expensive restaurants in the centre. Top quality fish dishes. Wouldn't go here if you don't like fish or hungover.
  • Too many restaurants, too little vendors. Doesn't have that vibe proper for a market place, instead feels mostly like a food court (a decent one though). If you wanna buy fruits, nuts and stuff, La Vega is a better alternative, but if you wanna have lunch, this is the right place (although it's not very cheap)