Landmark n°8. Mercado Tirso de Molina (Tirso de Molina Market)
Another must for lovers of fine cuisine at affordable prices is this traditional market for fruits, vegetables and groceries named in tribute to the baroque XVII century playwright, poet and Spanish narrator, Tirso de Molina, also known as Fray Gabriel Téllez. The origin of the market dates from the mid-50s, when informal traders settled alongside the tramway terminal. Over the years, they established themselves in a more formal manner, fully authorized by the municipality of Recoleta, although in precarious stalls. It was not until 2005, with the construction of the Costanera Norte highway, that these facilities were fully modernized.
Inside you can find the first Mapuche café in Santiago: “Newen lamngen” (Woman Force).
Its architecture represents trees in a row, whose design allows light beams to enter and reflect and draw various forms on the market floors, giving the feeling of being under the shade of trees.
Address : Sta. María 409, Recoleta
Hours : Mondays through Sundays, 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Services: Access for people with reduced mobility and adapted toilets.