The Mercado Central is located north of downtown Santiago and it’s only a 10 minute walk from Plaza de Armas. The Mercado Central de Santiago is mainly a fish market for locals and tourists alike. There are restaurants located inside the Mercado Central that cater to tourists. These are known as tourist traps and you will know once the waiter comes up to you and speaks fluent English.
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The Mercado Central is located next to the busy Cal y Canto metro station.
There are multiple entrances to the Mercado Central.
Once inside, you will see a plethora of fish vendors.
Not only are there fish vendors, but there are also vendors that will sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
The main center of the Mercado Central is a tourist trap lined up with expensive restaurants and waiters that speak fluent English.
Avoid those restaurants and go outside along the Mercado Central corridor to find restaurants which are less expensive and provide an authentic experience.