If you’re aiming to see what last night’s catch looked like before it became your supper, head to Santiago’s Mercado Central, where every edible sea creature is up for sale. As boisterous as a stock market, the seafood exchange’s hard-working fishmongers, clad in high rubber boots, hawk a full fishy portfolio including conger, swordfish, and shrimp (peeled for an extra fee). Live sea urchins peek out from rock-like shells and oysters slam shut in as scores of restaurateurs arrive early in search of what will become the chef’s daily special. The market’s loud, bustling, and crowded…and it can be jarring to discover just how ugly in life that delicious reineta you savored really was. Following local tradition, students come here the morning after their proms—fully regaled in tuxedos and gowns—for a bowl of restorative broth.
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San Pablo, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
+56 2 2697 3779
Sun - Thur 6am - 5pm
Fri 6am - 8pm
Sat 6am - 6pm