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Mercado Central

Lake and Bloomington Streets, Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)
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Ranked #16 of 31 Shopping in Minneapolis
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Description: Mexican-style market selling food, crafts, Spanish books and music.
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English first
Bloomington, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

All the reviews made me think this was a lively market place with music and people selling wares. In my head I thought it would be more market style. We found it to be a building with small shops specializing in Mexican items. I will say the food was very authentic but we were not wowed like others.

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Iowa City, IA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

I love this place. They serve Al Pastor pork tacos that are worth the 30 minute drive every time I find myself craving them. I really recommend this place, the culture is wonderful, the people are kind, the food is delicious. They even humor me when I do my best to speak spanish with them. Check it out!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

I was so glad to discover this great place last year! The order-at-counter restaurants and stores are all together in this wonderful indoor market. It's fun to bring the kids during the homeschool day for a little cultural experience. We love to try new foods together and practice our Spanish a bit.

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new jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2007

The mercado was much smaller than I'd expected, but still had much to offer. Shoppers can buy books, crafts, jewelry, and even spices. There are also several food booths. The mercado is located within their Mexican district, which is home to a strip of good restaurants and shops. The people are all very friendly. I recommend also stopping in one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2006

I would like to say that there is a nice atmospher at Mercado Central, very family oriented. What I order when I go to the Central Market is 2 Tamales de Pollo en salsa verde (chicken tamales in a green sauce) at the cafe and 2 tacos alpastor (marinated pork tacos) and agua fresca horchata (a tasty rice beveerage) at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2004

Mercado Central has a great variety of food, clothing, services and authentic Mexican gifts. I love the different foods,people watch and desserts I am able to find. It is like a little Mercado straight from Mexico. It is worth a visit for lunch or just snacking, the kids will also enjoy it! :-)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2003

Que onda? Yes, mercado central is a very fun place to go! There are a lot of nice people there! And cute muchochos tambien! If you have the time go and visit it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2002

Hola, My life and I went to Mercado Central after reading a rave review or their tamales. Delicious, inexpensive tamales are very hard to find here or in Arizona. So we arrived at the Mercado Central Lake Street address and expected to find just a nice little restaurant. What an eye-popper! We entered the west-most entrance on Lake street and... More

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