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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  • This expansive building is iconic for its reputation for selling all types of fresh fish and seafood. However in addition to fish and seafood, the Mercado Central also sells fresh fruit and vegetables...  more »
  • We loved walking through the fish market and seeing the variety of fish they had in the area and learning about south american crabs from our tour guide. It was a very hot day and a bit cooler inside....  more »
  • We spent a day in a stop over trip and we so delighted Santiago and his people We have reserved a table in the central market where the food is so fresh and the prices are quite reasonable  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • Fish market. A little bit high pressure and touristy. Inside dining area looked surprisingly elegant. Smell from market was slightly off-putting/uninviting.
  • All about fished. Good to buy, good to eat. Some tourist souvenirs too but not completely touristic place.