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Central Market (Mercado Central)

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“fish market”(105 reviews)
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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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I love visiting markets when I visit a new city. It's a great way to understand the cuisine, culture and traditions. The Mercado Central in Chile is a market that seems to have been ruined by not keeping quality up and targeting mass tourism. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank BuenosAiresFoodie
Reviewed today

You can take the metro to the Mercado Central. As you approach the building you will probably be approached by several people representing different restaurants within the building. The building contains lots of stalls selling a large selection and variety of seafood. Then you walk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ronald L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s worth a stroll through but it’s become a little touristy in the central food hall (mainly for large prebooked tour groups), better is to hang around the edges for the real market stalls and vendors

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GaryF467
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

To be seen because of the variety of fish! We had lunch in one of the restaurants indide the mercado! Food was good but we realised that we paid more for the place we were than for the food! In Santiago you can eat better...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank marinanew62
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were brought here as part of an organised tour for lunch. Worst meal in Santiago, restaurant was very disorganised and not much to see. Apparently the flower market is much more interesting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KL_CRHunter
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love a good authentic market, so the buying and selling of fish in Mercardo Central is fantastic. Parts of the fish market were definitely not fresh, but that is what you get in a real authentic market, but also why i might be a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TryppAdams
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting place to quickly walk through but a bad choice for a meal. Our city guide had recommended this for lunch but we had the worst, overpriced meal of our trip here. We should have known that it would be a typical...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank heidis323
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had higher hopes for the market. Yes there are a few fish sellers but most of the market is now taken up by the vast Donde Augusto restaurant and tourist info and ticket spots. We were hoping for more of a real market vibe...

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Matvl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would recommend going in the early morning if so nothing else the site of the vendors selling their wares. The displays of fish are impressive. There are booth where you can order all manner of foods. We did not eat there as we were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dickson0202
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely old building with great fish stalls and restaurants. We had expected something like the market in Madrid where there was opportunities for tapas but we didn’t see anything like this. Still an interesting place to visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
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February 25, 2018|
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Response from Jeff_Proulx | Reviewed this property |
We went to "El Rey del Mariscal" located right at the entrance coming in from the main boulevard Ismael Valdes Vergara. Oddly enough, we selected this restaurant because the waiters were not "aggressively" hounding us to go... More
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