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Marche de Fer

Address: Cnr Grand Rue & Rue des Fronts Forts, Port-au-Prince 0000, Haiti
Phone Number: 000-000-0000
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
Owner description: This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this listing and some idiot...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
Owner description: This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this listing and some idiot keeps on sending me a link saying it's been added, linking to the Marche de Fer, PaP.There used to be dozens of these all over Haiti, but now only a few still exist. Jacmel's, similar to the one in Cap Haitian, is hidden away in the central colonial zone. If you don't make your way up the steep, windy and narrow streets, you'll miss it. Unlike the market in Port-au-Prince, there aren't any tourists here, as it is used for the same reason it was built 150 years ago, Haitians selling basic needs, like food and clothing, to other Haitians.
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Istanbul, Turkey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Typical local (African!) market where all kinds of food and produts are sold. A good and not dangerous place to understand the city.

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Done a ton of bargaining in Asian markets, this is a slightly different experience - but very much worthwhile. The guides - just go with it, tip 200 gourdes or so at the end. Paying 50% or lower from the first offer is a pretty general solid rule. Purchased a wonderful Vodou icon of St. Michael the Archangel - huge... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The market is the place to find some nice paitings and handcrafted art. Be aware and bargain in every single item. I know that we may feel like being heartless by bargaining items costing as less as 40 dollars, but I've been there with locals and I was told to always suggest half the price given. And that was true.... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A fun place to go in search of treasures. You can't be timid or "too polite" or you will quickly feel overwhelmed. There are "guides" to help you bargain for a good price from Mr. Cheap while not undermining the sellers trying to eke a living. Don't be in a hurry, enjoy the hunt, the crazy atmosphere and engage with... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Lots of stuff to bargain for -- got a vodou flag of St. Anthony for $35, but didn't bargain very hard because I really wanted it. Handmade, sequins and beads.

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Chichester, New Hampshire
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

A really interesting place if you can fit it in. We were lucky enough to get a parking space in the entry court; not sure where the car would have ended up otherwise! The drill appears to be to engage a guide/protector to show you around, bargain for you, keep more aggressive vendors at bay. We did find several very... More 

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Athens, Greece
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333 reviews 333 reviews
158 attraction reviews
344 helpful votes 344 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Despite the destruction from the 2010 earthquake the people and the vendors make again the Iron Market the most vibrant place in Port au Prince. The iron building has put back in its feet and inside (BUT also outside ) a lot of activity is going on. It is probably the single most impoertant old attraction back in place after... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
9 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

It is an well-organized market surrounded by a chaotic neighborhood. There is a guarded area for taxis to park. Expect to have to accept someone as your guide and tip them afterwards. There are several stalls where all kinds of souvenir merchandise is available. Some stalls sell voodoo items. Your guide can help you to bargain prices down a bit.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

If you visit this market, be ready to bargain. Never accept the first price, and stay primarily in the single digits on your price suggestions. I ended up with a few nice things, but others in the group got better deals. Most stands have similar merchandise, so be on the lookout for unique items. Be aware that a large portion... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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264 reviews 264 reviews
156 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

For any visitor with cultural interests, absolutely not to be missed is a leisurely visit during daylight hours to this century old iron market taking up an entire city block, teeming with vendors, spreads of all sorts of foods and wares, tables & racks brimming with goods, in a well organized and orderly setting. I was the only obvious visitor,... More 

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