Santiago is served by three central markets, but fish lovers make a beeline for this one. Alongside the stalls mounded with odor-free fish, caught that morning, are a dozen-or-so little restaurants which turn all that seafood into hearty meals. The classic dish to order here is razor clams broiled with parmesan cheese and cream, but the fish stews are also terrific—and massive (one bowl can easily feed three people). Though you'll be tempted to sit at a restaurant in the center of the market under the handsome cast iron domed ceiling (built in 1872), eat with the locals at one of the stands along the periphery—the food is just as good but half as costly.
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Our Rating Neighborhood Centro Hours Sun–Thurs 6am–5pm, Fri 6am–8pm, Sat 6am–6pm Transportation Metro: Cal y Canto Prices Main dishes CH$3000–CH$5000 Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Mercado Central