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Address: Cuenca, Ecuador
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This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local...

This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local crafts unique to Cuenca.

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Some good buys can be made here. From handicrafts to furniture, rope, handmade straw baskets, and key chains, coin purses and wall hangings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

New to town? Need household goods? Furniture? Lamps? Basketry of any kind? Want a great bargain? This market is one of the most enjoyable experiences n Cuenca. I have shopped here for all manner of household items, from soup spoons to horse blankets, baskets to hold cleaning products , paper products, stacked storage shelves for the kitchen, colorful fruit baskets,... More 

Thank crankymainer
Cuenca, Ecuador
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Some good buys can be made here. From handicrafts to furniture, rope, handmade straw baskets, and key chains, coin purses and wall hangings.

Thank johnfoote
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Nice place to buy souvenirs. The main downside is the locals tend to hawk their goods. You can try to negotiate because you'll find the same items in many stands.

Thank carstllmn
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We came here to check out some of the food and smells and it was very interesting. Of course nothing beats an indigenous market like the ones we saw in the high andes but this was fine and the urban setting made it different. Since there are a lot of tourists in Cuenca you will have to haggle quite a... More 

Thank HelenaGuerra
Tokai, Japan
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146 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I sat in the plaza for an extended time while a friend shopped in the market. Nothing to look at but people passing by -- who are, varied and interesting. I was warned three times by policemen that the plaza was dangerous. One came back for a second warning, and even tried to do it in English on this second... More 

Thank Shizzer
Wildomar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is also known as Rotary Plaza, or Plaza Rotary. On Sunday, the site hosts a large mercado that includes shops along nearby streets. It can take an hour to walk by all the shops, and even more time if you decide to explore the merchandise. This mercado is great for foods, kitchen utensils, and household furniture. The tourist type... More 

Thank mikejuha
Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is one of the busier plazas in Cuenca. While there are lots of little pockets of artisan "squares" around the city, this one has a genuine local feel. You can still pick up souvenirs, but there are a lot of locals buying things here as well. Located not far from Mercado 9 de Octubre, this is a vibrant part... More 

1 Thank danrobe2007
Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Enjoyed to buskers in the evening and sitting and enjoying the atmosphere. Small square but very active and the social hub of the downtown - interesting people watching, reminds me of european piazza's.

1 Thank Lynne1217
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56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A large fruit and veggie market. A large poultry and meat market. A fish market. Handicraft market a block away. Clothing market, central to just about everything. Noisy, bustling, involved kinda reminds me of the sukhumvit night market in Bangkok. Enough to keep ou busy here for several hours.Good fun.

1 Thank Footsac
Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I think the reviews here can be misleading since there are multiple things being reviewed in one area. When looking at the photos for this, the large white building is the food mercado. There you can find hundreds of fruits and vegetables. This is where we shop exclusively when in Cuenca. Upstairs, you need to try the pork. You will... More 

3 Thank BudaBaB

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