Mercado Central in Santiago, Chile brought back visions of the International Boston Seafood Show, at there was so much fresh seafood displayed at the market. And lots of fish heads!
The market contains dozens of stalls selling a diverse selection of local seafood, as well as booths selling produce, souvenirs, wines, and more. It is worth a stop to check out the market, though the strong fishy odor in parts of the market might turn off some people. It can also seem like a bit of a maze, as you wander down narrower side aisles. I picked up some merken, a Chilean spice, and some Yerba Mate, herbs used to make a tea-like hot drink. I'll be talking more about those items in the near future.
You'll also find numerous restaurants, many specializing in seafood, with assertive individuals trying to get you to dine at their restaurant. Walk twenty feet through the market and it will seem as if a dozen people try to harangue you to dine at their place. To avoid that, just keeping looking at all the displayed seafood, making eye contact only with the fish. Yes, that might be unnerving but would you rather deal with the hordes trying to get you to sit in their restaurant?
"Fish heads fish heads
Roly poly fish heads
fish heads fish heads
eat them up, yum!"
--Barnes & Barnes