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Plaza Civica

Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #14 of 24 attractions in Cuenca
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local crafts unique to Cuenca.
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Santiago, Chile
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The mercado is very good, huge and clean ; the atmosphere is pleasant, even though some vendedores really want you as a customer (if you're a gringo, everything will cost 1$, not less). We bought a lot of vegetables and fruits there, and it was excellent. When you are not familiar with exotic fruits, you can also try a lot... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Cutest place for pottery, woven baskets and bags, simple woodwork furniture and utensils. Really cute kiosks. Everything is already well-priced but easy to negotiate.

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Palo Alto, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
52 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Maybe visiting near Xmas is ill advised? Same stuff in each stall but great people watching that reflects Ecuador's diversity. There are other artisan shops nearby with similar & more varied selection.

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Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

This is great place to pick up local items to take back with you. You have a great advantage if you speak the language. Everything is negotiable.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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107 reviews 107 reviews
48 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is a great, typical Latin America market with a bit of everything. As residents we often return here to buy various household items for the kitchen. They have lots of souvenir items at great prices (be sure to "haggle").

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Houston, TX
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

All that Cuenca is known for is found in the Civic Plaza including great historic buildings, good food and lovely surroundings.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Great place to shop for your local traditional arts and crafts! This is also located next to the 9 de Octubre mercado (market). I was glad we visited and did some last minute shopping!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This market serves both tourists and locals alike. You can't help but like the many examples of textiles and woolen blankets, sweaters, and ponchos offered by the many merchants. And if you are a local looking to buy a pair of knock off shoes or some kitchen supplies, you will surely find vendors hocking their wares. Bargain hard for the... More

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Riverside, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Plaza Civica is a little out of the "Gringo Zone". The square itself is quite nice, but the area around is more interesting. From the middle of the square cross the street and go between two buildings (there was a Banos sign when we were there) and you will find the Artisan Market. Here you can get some real bargains... More

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Lots of great streets and night life. Better then the old city of Quito. People are out shopping and enjoying life. It felt safe, there are a lot of American's living in this city. So you'll notice the shops are more fancy and same with the coffee shops. Great Architecture we took tons of photos. Its good to have a... More

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