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Address: Cuenca, Ecuador
Description: 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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heart of the action

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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126 reviews 126 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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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.

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Budapest, Hungary
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114 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
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 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Worst place to visit, would never go back. If we won a free visit to this town, we would decline. The river is more like a stream and all the restaurants are enclosed, nothing with a view of the stream, the only decent part of the town. Not one restaurant on the river had a view or outside seating. Gorgeous... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Barren and nothing but concrete. Nearby farmers market was crowded and nothing new. Noisy traffic, no shade or artwork and uncomfortable benches had me leaving the area after five minutes.

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We really loved this zoo. As others have noted, be ready to climb. We were there to witness lunch for the lions, which was fun to watch.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Livermore, California
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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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26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
52 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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