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Address: Cnr Grand Rue & Rue des Fronts Forts, Port-au-Prince 0000, Haiti

This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this...

This is not the Marche de Fer in Port-au-Prince. I've tried to add this listing and some idiot keeps on sending me a link saying it's been added, linking to the Marche de Fer, PaP.There used to be dozens of these all over Haiti, but now only a few still exist. Jacmel's, similar to the one in Cap Haitian, is hidden away in the central colonial zone. If you don't make your way up the steep, windy and narrow streets, you'll miss it. Unlike the market in Port-au-Prince, there aren't any tourists here, as it is used for the same reason it was built 150 years ago, Haitians selling basic needs, like food and clothing, to other Haitians.

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A lot of people

If you don't like being in a lot of people don't go there. Otherwise it's a very beautiful place to know and meet a lot of haitians.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
Elias D
Quebec, Canada
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On its own, this marketplace is but another local market, situated in the capital city of the country that boasts rank more or less 18 in human development (starting from the bottom of the list, of course). Hence this is a place of little interest for tourists. Anyway, the whole country is not really geared towards developing a tourism industry,... More 

Thank 127Fred
Stockholm, Sweden
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting experience, but you need to shop to get out. Be careful in this area, but it is fairly safe

Thank Sture T
Quebec, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

If you don't like being in a lot of people don't go there. Otherwise it's a very beautiful place to know and meet a lot of haitians.

Thank Elias D
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit for souvenirs. Prepare to bargain and lots of people will talk to you in english . Be warned if you park in the private parking lot: you might get trapped in by other people's poor parking choices. But it's nice that it's out of the sun !

Thank Angelaluo
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Rebuilt Iron Market. Located in the rubble strewn centre of the City. Your minibus fights it's way through the spectacular poverty and destruction that is the heart of Port Au Prince. You arrive and your car is let in to park where you are greeted by a hustler who hangs with you as you walk around a market filled with... More 

Thank PeterLHR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Nice market to buy souvenirs and you can also bargain in a sale. Be aware of your surroundings thou, best time are in the morning and early afternoon (my opinion).

Thank Keda S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Persistent & aggressive vendors. This is not really a place for foreigners. Vendors and locals are NOT welcoming and almost all of them refused that I took pictures. Very busy place, a lot going on there... Still happy I went, from seafood, vegetables, meat, shoes and a lot of black magic items, the market has it it all!!!

Thank Philippe M
Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is not a family or tourist experience! you have to be with more than two well trained people here! the vendors will push you and try and force you to buy from them, jealousies get hot here fast and the competion is fierce! nothing you get here is only here! you can find the same items on the roads... More 

Thank mototyacht
Fort McMurray, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went by motor bike that our hotel La Lorraine booked for us. What a great way to get there. So much fun although my husband thought his knees were going to be taken off a couple times. Once we got there we were told by the bike drivers to stay within the gates. Once in there... More 

Thank Paula A
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

I really enjoyed coming here simply for the experience of observing ordinary local Haitians engaging in a very ordinary exploit: bargaining at the local market. This is not a typical tourist landmark, and anyway, no one really comes to Port-au-Prince for typical tourist landmarks, but rather, an opportunity to immerse oneself in an unfiltered aspect of urban Haitian culture. Friendly... More 

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