Street market

Street market, Antigua: Address, Phone Number, Street market Reviews: 4.5/5

Street market
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You'll find textiles, jewelry, clothes and Mayan crafts for reasonable prices at this permanent outdoor marketplace.
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
These markets are huge and you can find almost anything you could want to buy here. We needed an adaptor and a USB stick to be able to save photos from our phone and we found many electronics vendors selling what we needed here. There is also a huge section with fresh fruit and vegetables at great prices.
This is the price to come when looking to get some retail therapy in Antigua.
Written February 27, 2020
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Apr 2021
A clean and well-organized local market that spans two or three blocks on the western end of town off Avenida de Santa Lucia. Like many Latin American markets, this one features everything from food and produce, clothes, shoes to tourist trinkets and artisanal products. A large proportion of the market is covered but there are also many stalls out in the open forming a kind of a maze. Fairly safe for a tourist, though as usual, I'd be careful with my wallet. Prices are a bit cheaper than in the center of town, but not always. Haggling is recommended.
Written April 15, 2021
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GoodValueTraveler
Brookline, MA31 contributions
No need to take the 3-hour (each way) bus trip to the Chichicastenango market. In Antigua's west side (near the bus terminal, to the left) is the Mercado de Artesanias that is open every day. The Mercado de Artesania is a contrentration of over 100 colorful vendors/stalls selling souveniors, paintings, wood carvings, hand woven bags, jade/silver jewelry, ceramics, t-shirts, woven blankets/ponchos, etc at low prices (remember to haggle). To the right is a local market selling household items that you can skip, but at the very end, there is a farmer's market selling fresh fruits (pineapple, papaya, red bananas) and vegetables (ripe tomatoes, avocados), etc.
Written January 30, 2010
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Kirstin H
Stuttgart, Germany192 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is one of my favorite markets. BUT...note that it is known as a "tourist market" to the locals, so don't buy anything at face value. If you want to go to the non-tourist market, head to the one called just Mercado. But the textiles are fantastic at this market and makes for a one stop for local gifts to take home.
Written June 24, 2018
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HappyCruisers10
Salt Lake City, UT44 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
This market has a little bit of everything. It is especially good on Saturday. There is every type of vegetable and fruit imaginable. There are different sections of the market with shoes, clothing, fabric, grocery items, and tourist items. Especially nice is the Artisans Market just to the south in the gold colored buildings. It has items from all over Guatemala, including hand woven items, leather items, jewelry, jade, bags and much more. All dealers are willing to negotiate prices. Probably the best shopping in Antigua for bargains.
Written February 12, 2013
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scottie552
Calgary, Canada285 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Old Market, Antigua

If you are in Antigua, Guatemala you need to go to the old market near the bus stalls. This is the market the locals frequent. It is a real experience to walk through. There is almost everything to see and buy. There are clothes, watches, shoes, vegetables, fruits, spices, eggs, meats and fish and pet food. There is also garlic from China.

Essentially, if you need it, you will likely find it here. However, you may need to be conversant in Spanish to negotiate a good deal. At the back, are the flower stalls. To a Canadian, the flowers are very cheap, and fresh cut. There is also a food court and many individual cooked food outlets. We didn't eat here but the locals do.

It can be pretty crowded and the isles are narrow. The smells can also be quite strong where the foods are sold.
Written May 6, 2018
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Nikaela B
Las Vegas, NV70 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
Market is the best on Sundays, be prepared to look for places to sit (grasses, ground, etc) Cash only, Bring small bills, Most food & drinks are only a few Quetzals each. Don't be afraid of anything. Be prepared to speak a bit of Spanish, great to have a translator/guide. Even broken Spanish will get you by.
BEST pupusas ANYWHERE. Make sure to get the "cabbage slaw" that goes on top - or skip it if you want to walk with it and have it easier to eat). Try the chicharron, beans, and cheese. Great hand-made smoothies and agua frescas. An "enchilada" in Guatemala seems to be more like a US tostadas (a crispy fried corn tortilla topped high with meats and toppings).
Written May 25, 2016
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,723 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
just beside the Municipal market, here you will find all the souvenirs you never wanted, handicrafts from all over Guatemala, textiles, woodcarving... a nice market, closed within walls, so safe to walk through, with little restaurants and nice places to rest. with some good luck and a good eye, you will for sure spot your souvenir.
Written December 17, 2017
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Muhaned A
35 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
If you visit Antigua, you cannot avoid shopping at the street markets even if you want to. Antigua is full of stores and street vendors. The vendors will approach nonstop to sell you their products. Most of them have the same products as if they all buy form the same source. Haggling is part of the experience and you should not pay for an item from the first price that you're told. Some of their products are not what they claim them to be. For example, we bought mugs that were supposed to be hand painted but when we washed them the first time, the so called hand paint peeled off and it was a sticker rather than hand paint. Also clothes sizes are different. Make sure to try the clothes that you buy because they might be wrongly labeled or you might be given the wrong size. We bought a hooded knitted sweater for our son and we asked for a large size, but when we arrived to the states and our son tried it on it was too small and didn't even fit our younger son. We couldn't even find the label to see what size it was. Just make sure you get the size that you think is right and don't rely on the label or the vendor. If you use a credit card to purchase from some of the stores that accept credit cards, they will add some percentage between 5 and 10% to the purchase price to pass on the CC company charges to you. We found out that our visa card gave us the best exchange rate. However they charged us 3% for each foreign transaction. So you will need to do the math and weigh the benefits. There are some credit cards that do not foreign transaction fees that you might want to check them out before you travel. I felt it was worth it for me not to carry the cash and deal with CC as much as I can. I made sure to inform my CC company of my travel plans. Have fun and take breaks between shopping.
Written September 5, 2017
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Peeker00
158 contributions
Apr 2017
if they are bothering you too much and you want to leave just say...Esta Linda por que no. This phrase will let you leave without anymore talk. know what you want to pay. They usually come down by half of first price they say. You can try for more but this will take lots of time. If you are willing to buy more than one of each item you can get better prices so take a friend. The men love a pretty face and can be very affectionate but you can work this to your advantage if you don't mind and really want a good price. The older woman drive a hard bargain. younger girls give better prices. Bring candy for their kids.
Written May 24, 2017
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