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Centro de Turismo do Ceara

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Address: Rua Senador Pompeu, 350 | City Center area, Fortaleza, State of Ceara, Brazil
Phone Number: 212-3566
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Good place to shop for local products

This is housed in a former prison. Once inside, it is a sort of relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Most of the stalls sells local handicraft, mainly fabric made... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Rio de Janeiro
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

For those who have been to the Brazilian Northeast a few decades ago, what we see now in this handcrafts market seem to be always the same thing, no matter where you are. It is disappointing.

Thank NelsonFJobim
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is housed in a former prison. Once inside, it is a sort of relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Most of the stalls sells local handicraft, mainly fabric made products. Prices are more or less the same even compared to the Mercado Centro. You can basically get everything you want here without going to the Mercado... More 

Thank nldogbert
Johannesburg, South Africa
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111 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It was ok... But same as the Central Market, same as the Night market. All sell very similar goods. But nice enough for a quick visit OR if you are looking for something in particular.

Thank Riëtte B
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Amazing! And beautiful handmade everything stuff possible! Support the local and buy there! The lace is one of the most famous in the world. It take hours and days to be finished by local lady. The price is a bit salty, but is something you are going to have forever

Thank vvdantas
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We walked over to the Centro de Turismo do Ceará after wandering through the few floors of Mercado Central. While the grounds and architecture of the former prison were mildly interesting, I guess I was expecting more craftsmanship or local flavor to the shops in the state tourism center. Instead, it was basically the same kinds of things on sale... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 468 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We were taken to the Centro de Turismo do Ceara for our shopping stop. The place had variety of shops and tried to sell different merchandise for tourist. Much to our surprise, there were limitation of Brazilian products that attract the attention of visitors. However toward the very end of the shopping complex, my wife found a white dress she... More 

1 Thank Charn P
Fortaleza, CE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Go there, park inside the place, and walk around to buy some handcrafts, cashew nuts and tipical clothing from this part of the country.

Thank ljonata
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

All to attract the shopper's. You have all you are looking for. Nice clothes, a lot of white with lace an embroidery. All small individual shops. On the same spot you will find the tourist office (closed on lunch hours)

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you are going to tour downtown Fortaleza you should make a stop here. There isn't that much to see, but it is pretty and there are some shops worth checking out.

1 Thank Freddie M
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The concept that this place was a prison and now is a tourist destination is interesting, and it is free so the price is right. However, there isn't much to see. The shops are similar to what you'd find elsewhere in the city. If you are in the area, check it out, but don't go out of your way to... More 

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