5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Experience Santiago's vibrant street food scene, including the popular and well-known Mercado Central (Central Market), on this food-filled walking tour! Discover the city’s everyday customs through the meals, recipes and products that make Chile a worthwhile foodie destination. You’ll receive four to five tastings of Chilean specialties such as a meat casserole and a cool peach drink, plus enjoy a glass of wine. More than just a culinary tour, this is an excellent way to experience the local culture of Santiago. It’s a must-do!

Tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a small-group atmosphere with a knowledgeable guide.

Highlights

  • 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

Meet your guide at the Plaza de Armas and check out the Pedro de Valdivia statue – a figure of the first royal governor of Chile on a horse – before heading off on your walking tour of Santiago’s vibrant food scene.

With your knowledgeable guide leading the way, walk north, heading toward Mercado Central. You’ll walk about 8 to 10 blocks in total, stopping at different restaurants to try a variety of local food. Specific dishes vary, but expect to sample home-style cuisine like porotos granados (a bean and corn dish), pastel de choclo (a typically meaty casserole), a refreshing mote con huesillo (a cool, sweet drink made from wheat and peaches) and a terremoto (translates to ‘earthquake,’ but in this instance, it’s a unique Chilean drink made of ice cream mixed with white wine and fernet). You’ll also receive one glass of wine.

Eventually you’ll reach Mercado Central, named the fifth-best food market in the world by National Geographic in 2012. Your tour ends here, where you’ll wrap up your food adventure with a seafood empanada. With your guide, admire the market’s classic wrought-iron architecture – which dates back to 1872 – and browse the many stalls, most of which sell a variety of seafood.

Customer Reviews

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!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

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

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