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Address: Fortaleza, State of Ceara, Brazil
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Browse the boutiques, but make your purchases at this central market...
Browse the boutiques, but make your purchases at this central market, where the prices are better and you’ll find just about every souvenir imaginable.
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Flip flops

If in Fortaleza you have to go to the Mercado Central, which is a circular building and you wind your self up over about three floors. It is full of bikinis, T shirts, flip flops... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2013
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I always try to visit the local market when I am traveling. This one was kinda frustrating: either I was expecting too much or it is just a regular market. It was boring and all looked the same. Local people claim top level has better prices! ;)

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Nothing exceptional. Just another regular popular market. You will find another option on the beach. Special prices for tourists.

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168 reviews 168 reviews
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Our Cruise ship provided free shuttles to the Mercado Central. This is a 3 story circular building, 500 stores inside, size of a cubby hole. Although the prices were cheap, but they all sell the same thing; T shirt, bikinis, sandals and nuts. Nothing interesting. We what to buy a soccer jersey for my son, we asked around a few... More 

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vilamoura
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

If in Fortaleza you have to go to the Mercado Central, which is a circular building and you wind your self up over about three floors. It is full of bikinis, T shirts, flip flops and various other stuff. As a European, fill your suitcases with bikinis and flip flops (havainas brand) they are silly cheap compared to European prices.

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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

When you're on a cruise, you can choose your itinerary, sure. But sometimes they'll throw a port that makes sense for the ship, but not for you. Fortaleza is one of these places. It's pretty clear that for the tourist, Fortaleza is a place to stretch your legs and hold onto your purse (or wallet) and your reales. Our ship... More 

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Caxias do Sul - RS - Brazil
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212 reviews 212 reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

The Mercado Central (Central market) sure is a place to see. A place to spend a few ours checking the biggest variety of Fortaleza’s handicrafts, lots of things to buy from an incredible variety of clothes, shoes, leather bags and foods, as cashews and Brazilian nuts, plus the cocadas (coconut candy) are awesome . But what I consider a find... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2009

Mercado Central is a good place to go in Fortaleza if you want to see most of what is available in Fortaleza all in one place. But, atmosphere wise I prefer to shop at the booths down by the beach on Beira Mar. As far as I could tell the prices weren't very different, if at all, between the two... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2006

A big circular market with four floors crammed with small shops that offers very good prices on mostly Brazil-made goods. Clothes dominates - T-shirts, shorts, dresses, bikinis, shirts, shoes, bags, towels... you name it. All to very reasonable prices and still margins for haggle! Normal price for a T-shirt here is about 3 US dollars and beautiful tulle dresses for... More 

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