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Santiago's Central Market in National Geographic Top 5

The Central Market in Santiago, Chile, has been named as one of National Geographic’s top ten food markets worldwide. Taken from National Geographic’s book Journeys of a Lifetime, the list runs through the best markets in the world for offering fresh local produce alongside a slice of local life.
'Mercado Central' is located in downtown Santiago, in the hustle and bustle of daily city life in Chile’s capital city. The market was built with iron from Glasgow and was designed by Chilean architect Fermín Vivaceta, opening its doors in 1872. A buzzing fish market, the building is home to many restaurants populated with tourists and Chileans alike, as well as fishmongers selling seafood recently arrived from the coast to locals. 
If you can brave walking down the rows of vendors chopping, gutting, weighing and wrapping all kinds of weird and wonderful fish in fast motion and then being ushered in 3 directions by different restaurateurs speaking 4 different languages at you, you definitely deserve your pisco sour with machas a la parmesana (clams au gratin) followed by Centolla (king crab)!  
Cascada’s Santiago de Chile City Day Tour takes visitors through the city’s highlights, starting with the Central Market where they have the chance to experience the bustling interior first hand as they wander past the fishmonger’s stalls. For those staying in Santiago for one night en route to their next destination, a Santiago City Stopover with airport pickup & drop off, hotel and city tour starting with the Central Market is the ideal choice.