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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  • If what he wants is to go out to eat, forget it. It is friendly, malito, suvio, ugly and the service is crap. If you buy fish and seafood worth.
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  • My cell phone was ripped out of my pocket by a gang of thieves at 2:30pm in broad daylight and they ran across traffic. I read some warnings about the place but couldn't believe it was that bad. At th...  more »
  • Stopped by whilst on a guided tour. Nice atmosphere, and certainly one of a large number of attractions that are worth seeing in the city. However, it is as much of an eating place as a market. We wer...  more »
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  • 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!👍👌
  • The local fish market is both a tourist attraction and a local shopping spot for fresh fish. The stalls proudly display the catch of the day and hope the tourists have come to buy, not just take pictures. The stalls and restaurants around the edges are cheaper and more local. In the center, under the dome, are three tourist-friendly (expensive) restaurants, several tourism centers, and a few souvenir stands. Wander through for the pictures, but eat lunch on the edges.
  • This place is a bit overwhelming, as you enter you are bombarded by people trying to sell you their menus, the noise level is high, I think if you are clostropfobic you would have a hard time. For a tourist this is a place to get well truly ripped off. The fish market side was great to see, but the restaurants because they charge for everything, before you know it a meal for 2 can be costing over a hundred dollars. My recommendation is to enjoy the space, leave and go down the street as you look at the place to the left, you walk down and find many small sidewalk restaurants that provide great food at more reasonable prices, and you are eating where the locals eat, such a better experience
  • A must do in Santiago! Even if you don't like the fish smell (it is a fish market after all!). A part from that it is a great vibrant place with many restaurants serving king crabs, ceviches, fresh fish and seafood of all sorts (there are a few meat dishes as well). You can also find decent art and crafts kiosks. Most places there close early (around 6pm) so it is definitely a great place for lunch! Locals love this place and although touristic, prices are fair.
  • Very interesting place. Lots of fresh seafood and sea food restaurants. Great place to explore on a weekend.
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