Mercado Central (Central Market) Tours

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Mercado Central (Central Market)
The interior, wrought-iron construction of the Mercado Central looks like it could contain a greenhouse, but with the masonry outside, this building houses local eateries, a few fruit and vegetable stands, the occasional roaming musician, and just a sampling of souvenir stands, though in total there are more than 200 locales. The building dates back to 1872, and is consistently named as a must-see in Santiago. In fact, in 2012, National Geographic named it as the 5th best market in the world.

Due to its central location, and the fact that it is often visited by tourists, it has also become a hub for pickup and drop off for a number of different tour services. 

Inside the market, there are several restaurants serving local specialties, which mainly revolve around fish. There is the larger-than-life centolla or king crab, which the waiter cracks for you as you wait, or flavorful (raw) sea urchins served with plenty of onion, cilantro, lemon juice and olive oil. Or if you want something hearty, try anything called a budín or chupe, which will be thick, creamy soups and casseroles served in the typical greda (terra cotta) dish. If you’re feeling more austere, try grilled fish with a salad, but don’t pass up on what is probably Chile’s favorite appetizer, machas a la parmesana, which are razor clams served au gratin.

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Most activity in the Mercado Central is focused around lunch, from about noon and on. But if you want a traditional Chilean experience, come here in the wee hours of the morning (best done in a group and on weekends) for a steamy paila marina (brothy fish and seafood soup), when people are just coming out of clubs, and vendors are just starting their long work days.
Address: Mercado Central de Santiago, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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An offbeat walk where the only thing that will be to the beat is the sound of our feet. Together we discover Santiago’s fresh fruit, veg, fish (and everything in between) market. Our feet bounce off the tourist path and we will interact with true Chilenos as they hustle over the capital city, tasting, smelling, bartering and bantering. Are you a wanderer with an inkling for excitement and enthusiasm for culture? This tour will fill your inner desires. This tour’s grand finale is a visit to El Cementerio General (Santiago general cemetery)… We told you this is not your average tour! But we’d be loco not to share this wonder with you. A tour where you should expect the unexpected and discover what it is like to be a Santiago local. Charge your camera and slap on some sunscreen friends! A personal tour for life’s culture seekers!
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