La Vega Central, Santiago

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Browse the stalls of La Vega Central, a landmark of the capital city that dates back to the 18th century. Immerse yourself in the lively, bustling atmosphere of the market, and take part in an authentic Chilean shopping experience. You'll find anything from fresh produce and meat, to spices, tea, homewares, and cosmetics. Best known for its huge variety of fresh fruit, the market offers squash, persimmon, custard apples, quince, and numerous other fragrant, colorful fruits. Purchase meat and vegetables by the kilo, try a freshly squeezed fruit juice, or get a tasty lunch with locals at one of the small, sit-down restaurants. Take a look at our Santiago travel route builder site to schedule your visit to La Vega Central and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • When I travel to foreign countries I try to visit the local markets if I can fit it into my schedule. La Vega Central, In Santiago, was a great market! High energy, colorful, and interesting. It is th...  more »
  • I was in the month of September in La Vega Central Market. I thought you would be surprised by a plethora of colors and flavors. But it's not. I tried a chirimoya juice, a relative of the Atemoya, only bigger, but taste very close, we found a cucumber dulce, which looks like a passion fruit sweet, very smooth flavor, and a very small and rather sweet Tangerine, strawberries, bananas, oranges ...
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  • The place is packed with people and packed with incredible quality fruit and veg, meat, and foodstuffs of every kind. It's 60,000 square metres, or the equivalent of two olympic pools by 12 olympic po...  more »
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  • A great place for typical fresh vegetables, chilean and latin-american food. Recomend not to bring top cameras or big bags. Go just with cell phone and some pesos by daylight!. Enjoy!.
  • If you want to buy the vegitables at santiago, you should visit Vega Central. All of ghem are fresh and price competitive.
  • A lot of people. You can buy fruit, vegetables very very cheap and fresh
  • Local restaurant owners go buying their fruits here. It's very busy and cool to see. It's also not very touristic. Definitely recommended to go in the morning, because there's more going on and the good fresh fruit won't be sold out. The actual market is behind the first building, try to avoid the 'tourist catcher market'
  • Here you can find all sort of fruits, vegetables, cheese and meat to buy at good prices. Also kitchenware, plastic food containers, non perishable items can be found. During the week is usually cheaper than weekends, and prices can vary highly between merchants. Cash is mandatory. Go with time, be prepared to walk a lot and bring a cart of some sort. They sell there too if you don't have one. There are payed restrooms (nothing too fancy) and parking spots, which are usually full.

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