The Mercado Central de Santiago is known by everyone as the central market of Santiago de Chile. It was opened in 1872 and Fermín Vivaceta was in charge of its construction. The market replaced the former Plaza del Abasto, which was destroyed by a fire in 1864.
For many years it was the main place where people use to buy all kinds of food, but in recent years it has been converted to a more touristic place.
The market is housed in a building whose main feature is a cast-iron roof and supporting structure. The metal structure stands on a square base and features a vaulted ceiling. Its intricated roof design consists of a central pyramidal roof crowned by a domed tower, which is surrounded by 8 smaller roofs with a two-tier design. The structure is enclosed by a masonry building.
This is a good place if you want to taste some typical Chilean dishes, especially fish and seafood. In here you will also find some handicrafts and some Chilean souvenirs at a fair price.
Subway station (Metro): Cal y Canto (line 2)