Santiago’s Mercado Central

Santiago’s Mercado Central is a mecca for fresh seafood. And a series of restaurants in the center of the market serve up delicious market-fresh meals.

Statue in Mercado Central de Santiago
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Chile has an extraordinarily long coastline. The country is very long and very narrow, and runs along over half of the eastern coastline of South America.

All that coastline, from the tropics to its wintry southern tip, means a staggering variety of seafood is part of Chile’s cuisine. And not just fish, but a huge variety of shellfish. Oysters, scallops, mussels, razor clams, and a bunch of other types that only have local names.

Many of them are for sale in Santiago’s Mercado Central, a mecca for fresh, local seafood. And if you’re not in a position to cook up your own meal, a series of bustling restaurants in the center of the market will cook up delicious market-fresh meals for very reasonable prices.

And it’s all housed in a charming old wrought-iron building within an easy walk of the Plaza de Armas. It’s well worth a visit.

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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Mercado Central de Santiago Interior
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Mercado Central de Santiago Entrance
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Restaurant Meals at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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La Vega Fruit Market in Santiago de Chile Roof
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Fruit and Vegetables for Sale at La Vega Central Market in Santiago de Chile
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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Fish Market at Mercado Central de Santiago
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