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Mercado Central

Address: Fortaleza, State of Ceara, Brazil
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Ranked #6 of 17 Shopping in Fortaleza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Owner description: Browse the boutiques, but make your purchases at this central market, where the prices are better...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Chicago, IL
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52 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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210 reviews 210 reviews
45 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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Salt Lake City, Utah
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Varnhem, Sweden
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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