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Central Market (Mercado Central)

Neighbourhood: Santa Lucia
As featured in 3 Days in Santiago and 1 other guide
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Address: Ismael Valdes Vergara 900, Santiago, Chile
Phone Number: 2/696-8327
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Unique architecture and street musicians accompany a plethora of dining...

Unique architecture and street musicians accompany a plethora of dining options, where seafood is abundant in this South American food court.

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A good place for a look and lunch

Walked through the city to have lunch here. A few good seafood and souvenir stalls to look at and a lovely fish lunch. Touting is fairly overwhelming though.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth checking out. As we were new to Chile it was great to see all the stalls, produce and various sauces. I ended up getting a handful of mystery sauces - some for dipping and some for cooking which was great. Outside is a bee hive of traffic and people and it's a great place to people watch.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked through the city to have lunch here. A few good seafood and souvenir stalls to look at and a lovely fish lunch. Touting is fairly overwhelming though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Though a fish market is always interesting, I went there specifically to have a Sunday lunch. Tourists are around, but the place was full of local people, happily eating and also enjoying live music at several places. I find it an authentic place where local eat and not a touristy make up. My fish soup was so substantial that I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A visit to the majestic mercado central snd the fish market is an absolute must, during a visit to Santiago. For a less scenic but cheaper lunch, try the restaurants outside the main square! All fish and seafood is fresh and delicious!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great seafood market for pictures if nothing else. The choice of seafood is huge and some of the fish were so fresh they were still jumping. However, don't go to the restaurants around the market. They are touristy, mediocre and overpriced.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much fresh produce the size of the strawberries! I would have a look round the fish market is interesting. Great for photography loads of colour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The central market has an interesting architecture. It is compact comparing to other central markets in the world but you can see fresh seafood and it has many restaurants. The downside is that when you walk around to have a look, the "meseros" are a little bit too pushy trying to get you inside tin the restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to enjoy the Chilean cousin. Very traditional for the locals. With different restaurants.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for viewing and buying fresh fish and for eating the in the restaurants that in the market. I got to see the Conger eel there; to me, it looked more like a fish.

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