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Address: Located on Jose de Diego in the Rio Piedras District of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-723-8022
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Activities: Shopping, Dining
Description: This central market square is not merely home to a number of vendors, but...
This central market square is not merely home to a number of vendors, but this busy plaza also plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year.
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a real look at the people

This isn't a place that is recommended by the hotel. There are all natives in this area, no tourists, and the place is awesome. We met two people who spoke English. The people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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Columbia, Illinois
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63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This isn't a place that is recommended by the hotel. There are all natives in this area, no tourists, and the place is awesome. We met two people who spoke English. The people who didn't speak English, were just as nice as well. A stall owner pulled us behind his counter, peeled and cut an orange for us to taste.... More 

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Albuquerque
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is an square adjoining a historic city market that still houses a produce market within. Ringing the market are numerous small bars and restaurants, most frequented by locals. On Friday evenings, crowds congregate to live music. It's located in the Condado neighborhood, south of the interstate, and is a welcome respite from the tourist scene. Not far from the... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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124 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

While in San Juan you should definitely visit Viejo San Juan for the local experience, good restaurants and shopping, but for the real local nightlife you have to go to Plaza del Mercado. This is about a 4 square block area of local restaurants and bars serving every kind of cocktail you can think of, local Puerto Rican food, comida... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

(My original review wound up under plaza las americas. Sorry about that. ) This place has a lot of reasonably priced goods and local foods. Dislike: the ac was either broken or they didn't have one; which made smells from the fresh fish and butcher places a bit over whelming.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I recently went to Plaza del Mercado last weekend, on a Friday night and from blocks away we could hear the salsa music and what sounded like a mass crowd of people! When we arrived, it was absolutely breathtaking, food carts all around, dancing in the streets, numerous bars with outside sidewalk sitting areas. As this is more of a... More 

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Watersmeet, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Some of the photos on this site are for a different market called la Plaza del Mercado Santurce. The Rio Piedras Market is located on Jose de Diego in the Rio Piedras district of San Juan. It has a food court where you can sample the Puerto Rican foods and enjoy the fresh smoothies. We went on Saturday and the... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

"La Placita" as it is known among islanders, is one of the best hangout spots on the island. During the day it may be a regular market but at night it transforms into a very lively entertainment area. Friday nights are the most popular and it gets really really crowded. Everyone hanging out on the streets and inside the many... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very local crowd. Grate architecture a few little restorants arond it with local flavor at good value. Weekend evenings gets buzzing. Dont expect much and you will have a nice time.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We checked out La Placida to get a bit of salsa dancing and the San Juan night life. We had a blast! In between the typical island brief rain showers where everyone would huddle under awnings, we danced, drank, and laughed the night away. I had locals helping me learn how to salsa dance and generally showed us a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Give yourself plenty of time to check out all the vendors! We loaded up on fresh fruit and then had empanadas which were delicious!

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