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La Recova Municipal Market

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Address: La Serena, Chile
Activities: Shopping
Description: The Municipal Market offers tastes of La Serena's pawpaw products and a...
The Municipal Market offers tastes of La Serena's pawpaw products and a variety of craft vendors.
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After visiting 3 of the stone colonial churches in La Serena, it was time to change our mood. We went into the market right next to San Agustín Church. Inside and outside of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This not an artisan market. Just about every stall has the same touristy stuff--and very little of quality. There are a few stands selling fruit and a few stand on the perimeter selling so called hand made jewelry. There is nothing here worth going out of your way for.

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

After visiting 3 of the stone colonial churches in La Serena, it was time to change our mood. We went into the market right next to San Agustín Church. Inside and outside of the court yard was full of craft vendors and shops. It was very colourful, some unique crafts there. One place made customized jewelry with your name on... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Come here for handcrafts. But do not expect them to be that nice. Also, everyone in the market has the same products. Not really that many options. Lots and lots of papayas (a nice local fruit) in so many different preparations. Many local restaurants on the second floor. A mandatory visit, fun for the kids. You may find a nice... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Don't expect to be blown away at La Recova. Things are pretty simple with the same ol' crafts that are scattered across Chile. If you want something original, I would advise to go outside the market to the artisanal tables scattered around the outside courtyard. Here you will find hadmade jewelry, pottery, baskets, paintings, etc. La Recova has food upstairs... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Small place to find souvenirs and food/snacks unique to the area. The day I visited, there were people performing the Chilean cueca folk dance.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Fruit and veg downstairs selling by the kilo only (don't ask for a half kilo). Open in the centre, there was a quartet of minstrel musicians and performers there. Another space had a Paraguayan harpist and a third space had a 'free' piano at which a young student practiced. Upstairs are shops selling clothes and a number of restaurants vying... More 

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Recife, Brazil
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

this os probably the biggest handicraft market in La Serena. You can find all of the usual handicraft but there are also quite a few different things to be seen and bought in the stalls on the square in from of the building. There are some reasonable restaurants on the second floor varanda.

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