Central Market (Mercado Central), Santiago

(2.8/5 based on 4,400+ 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 iron construction of the market is very beautiful, but is somewhat abandoned and too dirty. The food was good is very expensive!
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  • The offer is limited to fish and seafood. No fruits, no vegetables, no bread, etc. The restaurants were not well attended, and were also not very inviting. Even our Chilean guides has discouraged us to eat here. Somehow lacks the flair...
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  • Recommend me this place to buy fresh food and to eat fish. The building is very picturesque, and inside, you can find various qualities of foods, spices and packaged products. At the same time, sold all kinds of souvenirs and gifts, t-shirts of soccer, utensils, textiles, etc. It is worth making the experience of eating there within or surrounding.
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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)