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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

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  • Location:Santiago, Chile
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Santiago Food and Market Tour Including Mercado Central

Awaken your senses to the enticing aromas and explosive tastes of Chile’s culinary scene on a 4-hour food and market tour of Santiago. Visit the vibrant Mercado Central (Central Market) to browse stalls bursting with exotic local produce; treat your taste buds to Chilean specialties including tender meat casserole and refreshing peach cooler; and gain insight into Chile’s traditional culinary customs, learning about why it’s a prominent gastronomical destination, with a knowledgeable guide. Personalized attention is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to only 12 people.


  • 4-hour food walking tour in Santiago
  • Learn about Santiago’s food culture with your knowledgeable local guide
  • Walk 8 to 10 blocks, stopping at local restaurants to sample native dishes and drinks
  • Wash your delicious samples down with a glass of wine
  • End your tour at Mercado Central, Santiago’s main market and the center of the city’s food scene
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides a more intimate experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Santiago Food and Market Tour Including Mercado Central

Outdoor Market in Santiago

Greet your gastronomical guide at the ambient Plaza de Armas to commence your culinary tour. Admire the central monument of Pedro de Valdevia before set off on a stroll around the city. 

Follow your guide north towards Mercado Central, admiring street art and gorgeous architecture along the way. Stop off at a selection of authentic restaurants along the way, pleasuring your palate with the following local delicacies; pastel de choclo (a rich and meaty stew topped with sweet mashed corn), porotos granados (soft beans and mashed corn), a refreshing mote con huesillo (a delicious drink made from wheat and peaches) and a terremoto (a sublimely sweet Chilean drink whose name translates to ‘earthquake’, made of ice cream mixed with white wine and fernet). Sip on a distinctive glass of Chilean wine as you sample. 

Next, arrive at the Mercado Central (Central Market) to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Santiago’s culinary hub. Declared one of the world’s most impressive markets by National Geographic Magazine, the unique architecture and prime-quality produce of the market is sure to impress. Browse diverse stalls selling seafood, exotic fruits and fresh vegetables alongside your knowledgeable guide then continue to explore the city independently when your tour concludes at the market.

Customer Reviews

Sara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour! Our guide was an American expat who had lived in Santiago for years, so she knew all the best places. The market is so much fun to tour--the fruits and veggies are HUGE and delicious. Our tour guides had a really well defined route with plenty of taste-testing along the way. There were some brief history lessons, but it was really much more of a cultural tour--exactly what we were looking for. All of the food was excellent, and we are definitely considering doing more tours with Foody Chile on our next Chile vacation.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

In the review I sent a few minutes ago, I failed to include a star rating. Could you please link this 5 star rating with that review? Thank you.

Emma B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was great, it was really interesting to see all the markets, we loved this tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This has to be one of the most interesting tours we have had with Viator. Our guide took us right inside the markets of Santiago with a complete and thorough explanation of all that we saw. Food was great too!

Marian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our tour guide made all the difference! She was so knowledgeable about her topics and I certainly got to enjoy all the local delicious Chilean staples. She even brought us to a traditional bar run by a family with their own secret recipe of Cola de Mono.

My favorites were the empanadas and the sopaipillas!

A truly wonderful tour!!!

Harold H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Excellent tour with Fabian who spoke wonderful English and was a most gracious host with superb knowledge of the local food and drink. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Small-group is right, on our tour it was just the two of us, talk about individual attention to detail! Our guide Alviro was a delight and he walked us through the various parts of the market, stopping to sample local foods and he provided stories along the way. As a warning, do not eat before this tour, you get lots of food to enjoy. We made the mistake of having breakfast about an hour and a half before so we only grazed the food. The scallop empanada was amazing at our final stop. This is lots of fun to see a market up-close and personal!!

Andrea P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent overview of the food scene in Santiago. Helen was a wonderful tour guide !

David F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We loved this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Santiago.

Ken R United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Colin was very personable and knowledgeable about the Santiago markets. We first went through the fast food hall at the back of Plaza de Armas and saw a variety of Chilean fast food. We then had a typical drink from a street vendor with peach and barley syrupy--Chilean food tend to be fairly sweet.

Then we walked to the vast Vega market and had freshly fried pumpkin bread that was really good. Colin showed us different parts of the market, described it's history, its inhabitants and the food in detail. He took us to a very good comedor in the market and we each had two small typical plates. One was an excellent corn and bean stew and the other was a chicken soup.

After this, we went around the corner to a fun hole-in-the-wall bar and had a really good seasonal Christmas drink that this place has been making for more than 50 years. This was basically the Chilean version of eggnog. We finished our tour at the fish market where we ate empanadas and drank some white wine.

While Colin was very knowledgeable and did a great job, you could probably do some of this on your own. All in all, we had a lot of fun and learned some new things. Recommended.

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