Persa Biobío

Market in Santiago

Antiques, collectibles and fascinating old junk fill the cluttered stalls at this famous flea market that sprawls across several blocks between Bío Bío and Franklin. Sifting through the jumble of vintage sunglasses, antique brandy snifters, cowboy spurs, old-fashioned swimsuits and discarded books is an experience.

It's also a choice spot to try some Chilean street food, from fried empanadas to anticuchos (meat skewers) to fresh-squeezed juices and the classic mote con huesillo (a sweet local snack made with dried peaches and husked wheat). Just be sure to keep one hand on your valuables while stuffing food into your mouth; pickpockets have been known to prey on unsuspecting shoppers.