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Mercado Central (Central Market)

146 Reviews

Mercado Central (Central Market)

146 Reviews
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1234texas wrote a review Mar 2020
Dripping Springs, Texas1,606 contributions2,255 helpful votes
If you are like us, we think of markets in terms of the big and wonderful european food markets--incredible destinations in spectacular buildings/settings. In Lima, you need to "check that concept/thought at the door" and be prepared for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. The markets are so much smaller and less formal. The structures are nothing special--not an architectural gem and fairly small. The vendors are more focused on the fruits and vegetables of the region--as well as the local seafood products. The displays in the stalls are more focused on selling products than on fancy eye catching displays. The whole market is less "formal" and very busy with customers actually buying goods instead of taking pictures. They have no tourist feel at all; however, they do put on a good show of the unusual (many of which we had never seen) products they have to offer. They are particularly proud of the 5,000 potatoes they grow in the country. We were able to taste a number of the fruits and vegetables--which was helpful when eating meals we had later on the tour. Actually, a number of them are really good! All in all, this is an interesting experience. For some, the lack of "western sanitation" will be more than a bit disturbing, but you get used to it. Whatever you do, however, do not drink any of the water (other than from a bottle) offered to you ANYWHERE in Peru or Ecuador. I made the mistake of using hotel water from the tap when brushing my teeth upon arrival in country an paid a price for the error! Once I switched to bottled water (the hotels give you 2 complimentary bottles a day) and the intestinal problems went away after I took a course of medications. Final note, just about everywhere you go, you will see "souvenirs" that are purported to be made by the locals. Be aware of the "made in China" knockoffs! If you see exactly the same "watercolor" painting (as well as many other trinkets) more than once, that's a real indicator of the situation!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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KR94087 wrote a review Dec 2019
Sunnyvale, California48 contributions13 helpful votes
I think this is the best mercado in Lima. It's huge, and it's clean. Different sections of the market have different vendors selling the same things grouped together. Overall it's worth a trip, I'll just warn you that downtown is a bit run-down.
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Date of experience: November 2019
JEG wrote a review Sep 2019
63 contributions7 helpful votes
This market is large and very interesting. The perfect view into the real Lima and definitely not a tourist destination. If you are adventurous and want to see the city’s commerce in action, hold onto your valuables and buckle in for a look under the hood.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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CarolineRebicki wrote a review May 2019
Curitiba, PR63 contributions28 helpful votes
It is a place where locals buy produce and proteins. We loved to see the exotic fruits and different cuts of meat. We arrived before the outside stores were open, before the heat and the crowds, and just in time for the first batch of the day of ceviche, the local breakfast. (Note: One must keep a closed eye for selected sanitary norms)
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Date of experience: May 2019
Glen U wrote a review Feb 2019
West Palm Beach, Florida1,589 contributions365 helpful votes
This is a great market which attracts many people and nice to purchase things and people-watching is fun.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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