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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
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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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Unless you like eating seafood and seeing what kind of seafood the local waters and the market sell, you not going to miss anything. But if you do come here, please to cross over... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My review might be shaded by the fact that we briefly visited this market in the afternoon of the day we arrived in Santiago, and it was a rather hot day (in January), high 80s, and we were tired. It took us a while to finally find this market and by the time we were there, it was close to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unless you like eating seafood and seeing what kind of seafood the local waters and the market sell, you not going to miss anything. But if you do come here, please to cross over the bridge and check out the fruits and vegetable market.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a long layover in Santiago on our way back to the USA and spent the day exploring. We took a taxi from the airport to La Vega Central, and we later walked across the brdige to Mercado Central (16000 CLP for 4 adults). We were there in late December and it was very hot (high 80's F). We... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was close to the Plaza de Armes. We went there a couple of time to look around and to have seafood. The place was in one building that took up a whole block. It was crowed inside with all the seafoold stands and restaurants; the place smelled because of all the raw seafood around. We ate at one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to explore, shop and savor empanadas and fresh seafood. Avoid the big restaurants. We tried Marisol and it was excellent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Central Market is not for the faint of heart. It is a bustling centre of commerce (mainly in seafood) where vendors try to entice you to buy their fish or enter their restaurants. This is a local market, yet my understanding was that there were less-touristic markets in town. The trade in fish and seafood is bustling. The market... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From our guidebook and from talking to people about Santiago, we expected much more from this market. The first half is really a huge, touristy restaurant called Donde Augusto that dominates the place, with a few other restaurants and stalls. The second half of the building is a traditional fish/seafood market. It was impossible to walk around the first half... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really a bunch of restaurants cobbled together around a small market. ( which is still nice) but the hawkers if the restaurants won't leave you alone and it just became unbearable so we left. Building interesting though

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great to visit and choose any of the rests for great fish (they do offer meat options too). We sat in the central carousel and had some local specialities, one was not our thing but conga eel in batter sure was and the prawns were amazing. We don't speak Spanish and the staff were so helpful and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an OK market, they probably have any kind of seafood you want here and the fruit and veg all looked good... but as tourists there is not so much you want to buy. We bought figs, I've certainly had better. We had lunch at Donde Augusto - which they say is the oldest and original seafood restaurant there.... More 

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