Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal

Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal

Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
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8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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  • Mobile15184291692
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Real Artisans and better than over hyped Otovalo
    This market was much better than Otovalo which is really just full of cheap china stuff. The Mariscal market has a variety with some actual artisans spread throughout. It’s covered so don’t worry about rain. Bought glass earrings, a pillow cover and the usual tshirts. Would recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • USMA1986
    93 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Uninspiring Souvenir Shops
    About 100 stalls selling identical, mass-produced blankets and trinkets. There is no indication that any of the stuff is Ecuadorian in origin. If you are looking for cheapish souvenirs, then worth a visit. But if you are looking for quality, handcrafted, authentic goods, then stay away.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • 4grlsmom
    Pewaukee, Wisconsin267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gifts for everyone on our list
    This compact market has hundreds of small craft stalls arranged in rows, with fair prices which are negotiable, as always. Souvenirs and artisanal crafts include shirts, blankets, scarves, jewelry, dolls, soccer jerseys, hats and all the usual things you see, but this is a really convenient set-up. For example, a Panama hat was offered at $10 and quickly dropped to $8 (these same hats were going for $100 in Puerto Rico!) A colorful table runner was $5. There was always security present, and the market is open-air but covered, so it's fine in the rain. Sales were in cash. We walked from our hotel in the New Town on one visit, but the streets, while safe, weren't all that busy, a cab might be wiser. Definitely worth the trip, better than what we found at vendors in the Old Town, and other areas frequented by tourists. This market is also included as a stop on the Quito hop on hop off bus tour.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
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Mobile15184291692
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This market was much better than Otovalo which is really just full of cheap china stuff. The Mariscal market has a variety with some actual artisans spread throughout. It’s covered so don’t worry about rain. Bought glass earrings, a pillow cover and the usual tshirts. Would recommend.
Written June 16, 2023
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4grlsmom
Pewaukee, WI267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This compact market has hundreds of small craft stalls arranged in rows, with fair prices which are negotiable, as always. Souvenirs and artisanal crafts include shirts, blankets, scarves, jewelry, dolls, soccer jerseys, hats and all the usual things you see, but this is a really convenient set-up. For example, a Panama hat was offered at $10 and quickly dropped to $8 (these same hats were going for $100 in Puerto Rico!) A colorful table runner was $5. There was always security present, and the market is open-air but covered, so it's fine in the rain. Sales were in cash. We walked from our hotel in the New Town on one visit, but the streets, while safe, weren't all that busy, a cab might be wiser. Definitely worth the trip, better than what we found at vendors in the Old Town, and other areas frequented by tourists. This market is also included as a stop on the Quito hop on hop off bus tour.
Written March 27, 2024
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Bernard W
Dallas, TX1,905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Fun place to shop for souvenirs. Some people say it is small, but any larger and I wouldn’t be able to remember where I was. Lots of local (not China) souvenirs from shirts to tagua. Prices are good; limited bargaining as we found prices were pretty low to start with. Many stalls had similar products, but we did find differences. I am not much of a shopper, but this was fun and did offer products for us to buy for others.
Written April 7, 2022
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USMA1986
Albany, NY93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
About 100 stalls selling identical, mass-produced blankets and trinkets. There is no indication that any of the stuff is Ecuadorian in origin. If you are looking for cheapish souvenirs, then worth a visit. But if you are looking for quality, handcrafted, authentic goods, then stay away.
Written October 14, 2023
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s a fun place to visit for cheap souvenirs, but it sure seems like the same merchandise in every stall. How much is really made in Ecuador vs China is debatable. Still, wander through and stock up on inexpensive stuff for family and friends.
Written February 4, 2020
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
All the things you don’t really need! Fun to shop, inexpensive gifts, trinkets, and whatnots! Never accept the first price, it’s a game for the merchants. Just don’t be mercenary in bargaining, this is how the merchants make a living. If you really don’t want it say thank you and walk on by.
Written February 2, 2020
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SteJenny
23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
We have just visited and it is a collection of several stalls selling tacky tourist souvenirs. Most of the stalls are selling the same items and nothing is original or authentic. We expected a lot more but have visited he whole place in 15 minutes.
Written August 30, 2013
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marcos m
Phoenix7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
Wow, a grand collection of truely artesanal craftsmanship. Save making your purchases until you've walked through the whole place. Note the things you might want, and kindly inquire the base price from the vendor. There are many vendors selling the same thing, the farther in from the main entrance the better your negociating power is. After having established a range of prices from various vendors, for the same objects, your now ready to negociate price ... a key phrase to learn is, "Que es su mejor precio" [what is your best price]. Normally I start at 40% less than asking price for things which many of the vendors display in common. In general, you should be able to secure the object you want, at 30% less than the first price quoted!! You may even chose to tell the vendor that you saw the same item at a different vendors space for a lessor price ... this is a great motivator for them to be the one who makes the final sale.
One last thing, as this market is open during the week days also, I would suggest that you do not go on the crowded weekends to buy, but rather to brouse and find things that you might be interested in buying during low volume weekday hours. Returning during the week when the number/volume of potential buyers is significantly smaller, and vendors much more eager to make a sale for the day, results in better prices. My experience in many similar artesanal markets has been, that the vendor who is located farther away from the main entrances, the better their prices will be .... to many people mistakenly buy the first thing they see from the first vendor displaying the desired article when first entering a market, not realizing that they will also pay the highest prices for an object widely displayed by numerous vendors throughout the market ... You can reasonably expect lto negociate ower pricing the further in from the main entrances you go.
Written April 21, 2012
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Dutremblel
Rochester, NY358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
I love local art and visiting these markets in every city we visit. The variety of local art is overwhelming. You will see a lot of repeat items and haggling is not too challenging. Scarves, silver (priced by weight-not much room to haggle), clothing and paintings! It was a wonderland. Do Not Miss.
Written November 12, 2015
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2morrows
Port Coquitlam, Canada422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
The Mercado Artesanal is an interesting place to visit and shop but once you have finished bargaining for all the scarves and blankets look for stall #165 Arte Sin Fin. They sell beautiful hand made glass jewellery at very reasonable prices.
Written June 22, 2015
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