Central Market (Mercado Central), Santiago
(2.8/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Central market of Santiago is a food court more than a market. I won't deny it, has many restaurants there and good restaurants. But the environment is noisy, hectic and tight. Get ready to be pulled into the restaurants. Worth going to, but to basically and that's it. It has an area of fair even with meat and seafood, but that who lives there.
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  • Hello, market central offers numerous places to eat ... in addition to the fish stalls there are numerous eateries ... small ones, where the locals are a bit hidden but are great and priced
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  • The food is average. I wouldn't eat there, just walk over 10 mins away to Bellavista to find better food 
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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)