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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  • Compared to the municipal market of São Paulo, this is smaller and has less variety. It's still an interesting visit as a tourist spot and it shows a little of the culture of the Chilean people. You will see a range of seafood. If stop lunch, I recommend the restaurant El Galeon (I commented on it in a separate post), where you can experience the famous Centola. Waiters insistent (as in any location of this kind) are always present, expensive prices, few options.
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  • This classic building where is the central market, is a typical place where you can have lunch and buy seafood of the day. Eye that premises of all kinds there from cookeries to restaurants with a focus on tourists. Quality and prices to suit all tastes.
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  • Good place to buy fresh fish. You have to look well before buying or have a bite already view. (E.g. jewel of the Pacific). To eat is good the restored the Galleon, nice and good, not so cheap.
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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)