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Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local...

This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local crafts unique to Cuenca.

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Some good buys can be made here. From handicrafts to furniture, rope, handmade straw baskets, and key chains, coin purses and wall hangings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
Cuenca, Ecuador
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We shopped for handcrafts when we noticed some type of ritual. We noticed all types of people doing this. It is called the Limpesa and at the end they crack an egg and tell you what they see. I was told not to say thank you and donate $ or your Limpesa will not come true.As far as the handcratfs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Plaza is located in Cuenca, in this place you can find a lot of variety of beautiful handicrafts, like hats, bags, wooden sphinxes, keychains, and other wooden crafts and rubber. Inside the Civic Plaza will also find a small market, full of variety of typical food, in my opinion, it is a good place to go to eat because... More 

Thank Ivonne M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

this plaza is located very close to the produce market, at this place you can find the usual things made for tourists and at another sector houseware and textil stuff for the locals, next blocks are covered for different kind of street vendors, vegetables, milk, food, etc, the produce market is the perfect place to get lunch and tasting a... More 

Thank cultrevolutioner
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Centrally located in the wonderful old part of Cuenca, this market is super for finding stuff to bring home to friends, loved ones and your own home.

Thank Lorne G
Ashland, Oregon
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12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

The custom tables, etc of Dona Piedad: just excellent! I've take in measurements to her combo restaurant/carpentry shop/furniture showroom (not making this up). She faithfully got her carpenter to make my 3 tables on 3 separate occasions for around $20 each. They are smallish but super-solidly built and decent looking. One for a row of three pots outside, one for... More 

Thank TerryDarc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

New to town? Need household goods? Furniture? Lamps? Basketry of any kind? Want a great bargain? This market is one of the most enjoyable experiences n Cuenca. I have shopped here for all manner of household items, from soup spoons to horse blankets, baskets to hold cleaning products , paper products, stacked storage shelves for the kitchen, colorful fruit baskets,... More 

Thank crankymainer
Cuenca, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Some good buys can be made here. From handicrafts to furniture, rope, handmade straw baskets, and key chains, coin purses and wall hangings.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Nice place to buy souvenirs. The main downside is the locals tend to hawk their goods. You can try to negotiate because you'll find the same items in many stands.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We came here to check out some of the food and smells and it was very interesting. Of course nothing beats an indigenous market like the ones we saw in the high andes but this was fine and the urban setting made it different. Since there are a lot of tourists in Cuenca you will have to haggle quite a... More 

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Tokai, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I sat in the plaza for an extended time while a friend shopped in the market. Nothing to look at but people passing by -- who are, varied and interesting. I was warned three times by policemen that the plaza was dangerous. One came back for a second warning, and even tried to do it in English on this second... More 

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