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Mercado Principal

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Venezuelan, South American
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Av. Las Americas, Merida 5101, Venezuela
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cute place

Pretty cute market. There are a lot of local souvenirs and local art. The food in the restaurants are cheap and good. I ate a lasagna ( not very venezuelan ) but still good. Merida in general is a small and beautiful town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2014
Jor D
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Curitiba, PR
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Caracas, Venezuela
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Typical all packed up market place. All kind of local foods, instruments and beverages. Regular for breakfast at Restaurant "Tipico de Douglas" located on the 2nd floor. Not worthy if you have to spend time getting there.

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Most of the goods available for purchase in this 3 story shopping center are relatively the same from booth to booth. The complex itself is PACKED with people and stalls, and a little bit difficult to navigate. When I went to eat at one of the restaurants, the procedure was confusing to say the least... after finally finding a table... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

As an expat living in Puerto la Cruz on the coast, we have nothing like this so it was a treat to us. BIG, CLEAN, SAFE, and lots of choices. FABULOUS Hammocks, artwork, blackberry wine, leather goods, textiles and lots of crap souvenirs too. WORTHWHILE of a few hours if you like craft markets!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Amazing, i could stay there a endless time and still finding new treasures. In the third floor there a village with tends in a totally differente atmosphere, where you can find artists hand made pieces. Moreover, the restaurants are amazing.

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Curitiba, PR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Pretty cute market. There are a lot of local souvenirs and local art. The food in the restaurants are cheap and good. I ate a lasagna ( not very venezuelan ) but still good. Merida in general is a small and beautiful town.

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Caracas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

You can find typical instruments, hammocks, sweets and BlackBerry wines in here. Among lots and lots of stores, there is one that offers product made from local designers... A must ! On another note, breakfast is really good. Grab a bite from kitchens 5 or 6 (my humble opinion).. The cochino frito breakfast is really good!

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It use to be a popular mercado. Is not anymore a venezuelan marquet all and all. The majority of the estall bilong to colombians with cheep satuf. If you loo for food you better go to the other market. Still you can find nice popular products. Spend time and u'll find them

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Merida, Venezuela
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We found it hard to find a nice place to eat during our two week stay in Merida. Even with the cozy setting that could sometimes be found the food tended to be uninteresting. We didn't try any upscale options. Mercado Principal had food that was both good and cheap. You could get the same dish as in a restaurant... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Be sure to try the levanton andino - an odd alcoholic mix of lots of weird ingredients. The 2nd floor restaurants are a good place to get tasty trout (specialty of Merida). Souvenirs are nothing to write home about, but snacks (Catalina, Dulces de guayaba/platano, home made liquors) are great to buy here.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Much of the stuff to buy here was your basic touristy knickknacks and junk. But the place was huge and it was so interesting to see everything! I loved walking through the place and looking at the goods, especially were they sell spices and a bunch of really interesting fruits/vegetables. Also all the places that sell liquor will give you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Las Americas, Merida 5101, Venezuela
  • Location: South America  >  Venezuela  >  Andean Region  >  Merida

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Venezuelan, South American

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