Central Market (Mercado Central), Santiago

2.7
#3 of 276 in Shopping in Chile
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. Plan to visit Central Market (Mercado Central) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santiago attractions using our Santiago journey planner.
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Central Market (Mercado Central) reviews

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  • I know many restaurants will have guys outside trying to hustle customers in the door, but this place was ridiculous. They follow, yell, nag, and try to cajole you non-stop. I couldn't find the...  more »
  • Expected a lot from the Central Market because of the high ratings and the amount of reviews. When I visited twice, it was dead inside and the only things that were open were the fish stalls and...  more »
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  • It was a collection of seafood restaurants. The waiters were super aggressive as they tried to get you to eat at their restaurant. Nice clean places and the architecture of the building is lovely. We didn't eat there
  • This place is JUST seafood markets and seafood restaurants now. Fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) can be found at Vega Central. Really hated how everyone was so high-pressure with their persuasiveness, trying to get us into their restaurants. You can easily get three employees from the same restaurant trying to talk to you. Ugh.
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