The Central market of Santiago Tourist Attraction

The Central market of Santiago

Native: Mercado Central de Santiago

Your visit to the Central market of Santiago (Mercado Central de Santiago) is the best way to combine the useful with the pleasant, namely to study the capital of Chile and to get acquainted with national cuisine. There is an abundance of all kinds of restaurants and cafes – from Chilean to Peruvian, a huge number of stalls with exotic fruits, seafood in aquariums and on the counter and just many flamboyant people. It is quite difficult to choose a place for lunch, because the prices are low everywhere, and there is a variety of tempting dishes. However, the fish is tastiest here, for example a grilled eel congriо and a glass of white Chilean wine.

The Central Mercado is located in downtown Santiago. The market was built in 1868 to replace the old building destroyed by fire in 1864. The market building is one of the most interesting examples of metal structures built in the XIXth century.

The foundation of the building is the construction of cast-iron columns, surmounted by cast-iron roof of a complex shape. The brick walls forming the facades were erected around the frame. The main feature of the building is a multi-level roof, which has a tower surmounted by a spire in its center. The Mercado silhouette is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

The building places both the market and numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. Locals like to spend their weekends here, and tourists come here for the variety of delicious and inexpensive food as well as authentic local atmosphere.

Open hours

I - VI: 07:00 - 17:00;
VII: 07:00 - 15:00


San Pablo, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
33° 26′ 1.26″ S, 70° 39′ 3.7″ W

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