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Central Market (Mercado Central)

Open today: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“seafood”(162 reviews)
“fresh fish”(44 reviews)
“king crab”(20 reviews)
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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Ismael Valdes Vergara 900, Santiago 8320009, Chile
Santa Lucia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went here in the late morning to see the fish stalls and then have lunch. Beware that it smells a little but it’s great to see and our lunch was fantastic.

Thank Alexandra M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this place on a Sunday morning and it wasn't really crowded, quite empty. It's a good place to buy fresh sea products, lots of variety and prices. I bought a few pounds of fish and was very fresh. The place is somehow narrow...More

Thank RbnLondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was insane. Be prepared to have so many people coming at you trying to get you to eat at their restaurants. I didn’t eat anywhere so I can’t comment on the food but it was a wonderful place to see!

Thank Shannii
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend this place just for a visit if you really enjoy to know different types of seafood. The prices of the restaurants there were very expensive and people say that they aren't so incredible. There are some souvenirs stores too.

Thank Pamela G
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Don’t waste your time visiting the Mercado Central. The fish stalls are pretty ordinary. There is nothing special about them. The ‘market component’ of the Central Market is relatively small. It is more a restaurant complex than a market. It is not a very appealing...More

Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

It has many restaurants, serving famous marine foods, but is expensive and besides food you will not find other things like spices that are what I was looking forward.

Thank Paulo G
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

Smelly, unattractive, nothing of interest - better ways to waste a few hours in the smog of Santiago.... So disappointing compared to similar places in the likes of Buenos Aries.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Eat like a local, and only here! The food is fresh, the hucksters a bit much, but hey, they gotta work! My swordfish was fabulous! 8 dollars

Thank David B
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

Ok - I don’t know where the sopapilla Italiano was but damn! It was delicious! I had a fabulous time getting totally lost in the markets in Santiago.

Thank eclipse_chasers
Reviewed June 19, 2018

I'm a bit surprised at the reviews here but I thought the fish market was excellent. yes, the waiters can be a bit aggressive, but I didn't think they were any more aggressive than any other touts. Food is good if you know where to...More

Thank Jay J
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Dr. Om. S
February 25, 2018|
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Response from Grahame E | Reviewed this property |
El Galleon was the better of the two. Food good, premises well maintained. Try the spicy garlic prawns .
December 10, 2016|
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Response from Branca2016 | Reviewed this property |
I think some restaurants, located in Mercado Central, will be opened on Xmas Day, for lunch. But you'd better email or call theml