Mercado Central
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Sandy Q
Malibu, CA362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
What a great market with so many stalls to purchase foods or enjoy a good breakfast or lunch among locals! The corvina (fish) lunch was so cheap and simple, yet so fresh and good. I was going to go to Jimmy’s (I saw many good reviews) but didn’t realize it was upstairs and the stall I ordered from was Dona Angelita and the stall next door to it on the left had fantastic fresh juice for $1 – no regrets missing Jimmy’s.
Written March 18, 2023
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Brian5900
California434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We came here for lunch. This place has two levels with many food stands to choose from. There were also a few places where you can buy fruits. The food was quite cheap; a $3 fish plate which tasted great.
Written April 14, 2022
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Rodney B
Waukesha, WI1,161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
My wife and I walked here since it was really close to our hotel. It is a local food market with three floors of fruits, meats, flowers, vegetables and many other foods. Many locals were eating here and this is the place to buy fresh and cooked foods. This is not a tourist market, but was a fun look into the local culture.
Written November 1, 2021
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Rachel N
USA232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
One of the best meals we had in Ecuador! Tons of homemade, friendly food vendors for insanely cheap prices. A definite must-do for foodies. No, it's not beautiful (as some reviewers have complained), but that's completely not the point of coming here. Come hungry so you can try multiple dishes.
Written March 4, 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Since 1952 there is this market building in central Quito. At the time it must have been quite an improvement as the old place was not sheltered. There are eateries on the ground and first floors. Many close at 3PM. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, cheese, nuts, herbs, flowers and groceries are for sale at different sections of the building.

Locals from nearby neighborhoods come here to buy daily necessities, but the vendors are very much aware of foreigners and eager to attract them. Some of the stalls in the food court have menues in English! A few vendors increase their prices when dealing with tourists. I ended up cheaper at the uptown Supermaxi with fixed prices for groceries.
Written January 14, 2020
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mikerutherford
Toronto, Canada199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited as part of a Free Walking Tour. Our guide Ivan pointed out the specific local products available in the market and their importance as export products or their place in Ecuadorean cuisine and culture.
Written November 4, 2019
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Pat P
Cork, Ireland296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Not the biggest or best market you will ever see but worth a visit. If you are travelling around the region on a budget this is the place to go for your main daily meal. I ate here most days mainly as I really liked the food. As it happens it is also cheap. 2 dollars. 1 dollar for an amazing freshly made juice. Many locals go here so there is a good turnover with the food.
Written October 6, 2019
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sndovale
Lincoln, CA1,144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We enjoyed seeing the variety of goods and sampled the food which was good and reasonably priced. It is not a "must" but a fun way to spend an hour.
Written September 28, 2019
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betty l
Brampton, Canada10,554 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Mercado Central is a place you can buy almost anything you want from dry goods to the famous Ecuadorian roses. On the ground floor are some eateries and second floor are also eateries as well as fruits , veggies and the beautiful and famous Ecuadorian rose.

Must try the Juices made from tropical fruits you could only see in Ecuador and would you believe that the long stemmed Ecuadorian rose are just $2 for a dozen.
Written August 1, 2019
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,084 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
My title really gives it all. You can find anything you want here, from dry goods to pigs feet. I saw the latter hanging on hooks and OMG! It made my stomach churned. I came here on a Sunday and was not very crowded. They close early, 3:00 pm. On the ground floor are some eateries and second floor as fruits and veggies. I came to buy flowers. It was raining and made the floors really filthy. If you are just used to comfort, come here only if you need to. My last sentence may not set to some. I am just saying, I am well traveled and perhaps it was the rain that did not settle with me. I did not see the place appealing at the time.
Written May 19, 2019
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