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“Amazing fish markets on Good Friday”

Central Market (Mercado Central)
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Owner description: Unique architecture and street musicians accompany a plethora of dining options, where seafood is abundant in this South American food court.
Reviewed 4 April 2015

Absolutely packed with customers buying seafood but what an experience. Half the population of Santiago seemed like they were there for the biggest range of fish I think I've ever seen in one place. Right in the middle was a range of restaurants offering almost any seafood meal you heart could desire.
What and experience

Thank gil w
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Reviewed 31 March 2015

The tourist guides tell you to visit the central market, but this is much more aimed at tourists than the HUGE fruit market not far away. As well as fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs etc there is a mass of meat stalls selling more meat cuts than you will have ever seen. There are many street food stalls where you can get an authentic lunch very cheaply. Not aimed for tourists - see the market that the locals visit. We really enjoyed it.

3  Thank Frissels
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Reviewed 28 March 2015

The fish market in Santiago is an experience. It is very crowded, crazy, colorful, and noisy. Everywhere you look there are stalls with many different kinds of fish. I have no idea what some of the fish were. Also in the building are some stalls that sell handicrafts and assorted junk. The place is very crowded which is also some of the appeal. The market reminded me of Pike Street Market in Seattle although this market wasn't quite as nice. It can be hard to walk around since there are so many people in the aisles. We went on a weekend when it was probably more crowded than usual. Also in the building are several restaurants. This is not a place that you would make a major effort to see, but if you are in the area it is worth visiting.

Thank Susan U
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Reviewed 27 March 2015

Clean - lots of great looking seafood! Very clean and the choices are amazing. You just want to buy everything.

1  Thank geezegood
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

Whilst I can understand my fellow travellers and reviewers have made comments about Mercado Central being a tourist trap it should be noted that there are many locals who buy their produce here and also dine here. Yes there are plenty of restaurants and yes a lot cater to tourists but there are plenty of smaller restaurants with many locals enjoying some great food. The larger restaurants will have menus in English whilst the smaller will not so if you do not have a good understanding of Spanish you will struggle to order what you want or to understand the menu. I got by and ended up with an interesting blend of seafood that is not for the fainthearted.
Overall this market is a must see and i appreciated the country/city/location I was in.

3  Thank Paul N
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