Mercado Central

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Mercado Central
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,128 contributions
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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Rodney B
Waukesha, WI1,106 contributions
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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Brian5900
California419 contributions
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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Rachel N
USA127 contributions
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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uclastarr
Cusco, Peru51 contributions
The title says it all. Nothing flashy here, but cheap traditional food. You can find soups (mostly shellfish), chicken and rice, and juices. Almost everything is about $5.

Guanabana juice is delicious!
Written March 5, 2017
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goodmigrations
Pine Mountain, GA107 contributions
Every time I go to Quito, I have lunch here. The Corvina (Sea Bass) is fantastic, and for about $6, you get a big fried chunk of it, ceviche, slaw, fries .. and probably something else that I am forgetting. Really really wonderful. There's a liquado stand right in the middle of the building, and you can have a liquado made from whatever fruits you choose ... or even add alfalfa. The ladies can recommend combinations that are tried and true. Absolutely delicious! You can buy a dozen roses for about $4 to take back to your room, as well as fresh fruit for your breakfast. I love to eat "locally" ... this place has never disappointed myself or any of my friends!
Written April 29, 2015
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rapha_y_nici
Zurich, Switzerland5,970 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Our walking tour ended at this food market and we were happy with these meal options at great prices. They had vegetarian plates for about usd 2.50 and with meat about 3.50. Additionally they serve tasty juices for usd 1 which are filling as well. The food was delicious and all of us didn't have any issues with the stomach afterwards, so it was on of the better food market experiences (seemed also more clean than other markets we've seen). Definitely recommended for tasty budget options.
Written September 28, 2017
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NeilPike
St. Albans, UK390 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Swung through for lunch after a walking tour. Can't speak to the non-food part of market but the food section works just like similar markets in Peru, Singapore etc. Just go up to whatever stall you fancy and order their food and take back to a table in the middle. Pick and mix from several as you desire - separate stalls for juices etc. Everything we had was hot, fresh and tasty. And pretty cheap - even if you go for an "expensive" fish dish, then it will still only cost about $6 and be plenty of grub to fill you up. Add an extra $1 for a fresh fruit shake
Written April 29, 2019
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Adele
7 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you want to taste fresh and inexpensive fruits and vegetables, this is the place. Two pineapples for $1.00. Roses- 2 dozen for $2.00. The food stalls downstairs are reasonable and there is a smoothie stall upstairs which makes great fresh drinks for $1.00. Be sure to ask for a taste of some of the fresh produce we do not usually see in the USA (like tree tomato which is a fruit).
Written February 28, 2019
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Brian B
Leek, UK83 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The market is nice, and in the basement there are lots of food stalls offering huge combination plates.

Our Spanish is not great, but the friendliness of the stall holders and the other customers meant that this was no problem. Watch what other people are ordering and order what you fancy.
Written February 12, 2019
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