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“Most shop were closed”
Review of Bio-Bio Market

Bio-Bio Market
Ranked #162 of 546 things to do in Santiago
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Owner description: This immense open-air market has everything from fresh fish, fruits and vegetables to musical instruments and garments.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I was there the most shops were closed. The area is not very nice and could be dangerous for tourists...

Thank Patrick H
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

There was very little that I actually wanted to buy here, but it was super interesting just to wander around. Very random assortment of wares spread out over several blocks...there is no semblance of organization to it, so if you're looking for anything in a certain vein, you still basically have to wander the whole thing. Everything from knockoff clothing, expired pharmaceuticals, knifes/swords, antiques, cheap bulk socks, lighting, tools, flowers, handicrafts....just about anything you can think of and lots you didn't. This place is chaotic, and definitely a good place to get pick-pocketed, so use common sense/caution. It isn't unsafe, just a place that opportunists are sure to be taking advantage of. The vendors however, were exceptionally kind. If they didn't have what you were looking for, they would try to direct you to someone who would. Not a lot of the hard sale going on, which I like.

A very kind woman from the produce/meat section of Bio Bio, a few blocks from the antiques part gave us directions over there after selling us some dried fruit. She then appeared by my side after about a block out of nowhere, and proceeded to walk us all the way to what we were looking for. She lectured us (kindheartedly) the whole walk there about safety (Mi espaniol no bueno, but it was just clear from tone and hand motions that she was advising us to lock it up, so to speak). Once she delivered us to the right place, she smiled, asked us to come back by and see her sometime, and left without asking for anything. So incredibly kind.

This place is a little out of the way, but worth an hour or two of exploring for sure!

Banyos for a small fee located around the market buildings.

Thank Birdsocks
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

It is called PERSA BIO BIO also FRANKLIN by the locals. This place is like a paradise to find all kinds of stuff, it is like heaven for the antiques hoardes and culinary culture lovers. I go there very often just to find new restaurants and they are all good and not expensive. The service is good, you feel welcomed in all the restaurants, they treat you as family. You can find Thai, Arabic, Japanese and many foods from the world and also Chilean picadas with the traditional drinks from the south like chicha. Now it is a blend of the Latin American culture as well. The only con is that you might need a Chilean friend to show you around so you don't get lost because it is huge and the people there just speak Chilean there is a place where they make lomo sandwiches and you will fall of your chair with the delicious smell of the roasted pork, they make it right in front of you and it is amazing to see it. If you are a geek (of any kind), I'm sure you will go home with some sort of treasure.

1  Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Read the reviews and curiosity got the best of us: we chose a Sunday to visit on our last week in Santiago. Take the metro and get off at the franklin stop- just follow the crowd and yellow brick road of vendors at the start of market with stuff laid out on blankets for sale.
You will love the market if you are a flea market enthusiast, if you wanted to know where all the metal signs, posters or flip phones have landed. If you are looking for high dollar items and fancy settings, you will be disappointed.
I enjoyed the outdoor vendors and bartering for price. There are large warehouses with hundreds of stalls selling items in addition to the outside vendors. This continues for several blocks.
One warehouse on Placer advertises antiques and 16 restaurants. We went in for coffee and elected to order food. The name of the place is Donde Chile. We ordered a churrasco italian style sandwich. Delicious- enough for 2 people and wonderful service including large cups for coffee and tea.

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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Had high hopes for spending a few hours ferreting around the stalls essentially for typical flea market curios. Incredibly disappointing, only a relatively small section with albeit interesting stuff - loved the old school magazines and pac-man games. The bulk of the market was your typical clothes/shoes/furniture stuff. Boring.
Good cheap food and refreshments on both the street and inside the market buildings proper.
Despite having read about pickpockets etc, didn't see anything different here to the rest of Santiago, just be aware and you'll be fine.

1  Thank KarYntravels
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