Mercado el Carmen

Mercado el Carmen, Antigua: Hours, Address, Mercado el Carmen Reviews: 4/5

Mercado el Carmen
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Flea & Street Markets
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,212 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this market to shop for Guatemalan made items. It covers a large area indoors and has many sellers side by side. We purchased table runners and a purse from two different sellers. Both were fun to bargain with and we felt we got nice items for a fair price. Fun to walk around and just look at all of the brightly colored merchandise.
Written January 30, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Nov 2019
While visiting the historic center of the old town of "Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala" - the actual "Antigua", you will certainly pass in front of the ruins of the "Iglesia del Carmen" and its awesome baroque facade ("3ª Avenida Norte" - between "2ª y 3ª Calles Oriente"). Right in front of the ruins, on the sidewalks, the "Mercado El Carmen". A typical market where the local population sells the beautiful and colorful Guatemalan / Mayan traditional handicrafts, such as wooden masks and textiles - nice souvenirs to take home! A little bargaining is expected and even welcomed by local merchants. Enjoy!
Written August 17, 2020
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Bunty8
North Ayrshire, UK513 contributions
Jan 2020
They have loads of stalls selling all kind of Guatemalan handcrafts, it is very crowded but they have some lovely goods on offer but be sure to bargain.
Written February 4, 2020
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krobbins722
Wilmington, NC31 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Lots of shops inside (over 100) with all of the typical (and not so typical) Mayan and Guatemalan goods. We got a nice woven hammock here for around $28US. The shop owners are helpful, not too pushy and some speak good English. It seemed like the quality was good on most things and there are several women making the items while you walk around, which is always nice to see.
Written November 5, 2015
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sherrydk_2000
Huffman, TX124 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a MUST stop place! Tons of wares from all different vendors! Loved getting to visit with the people and shop!
Written February 4, 2020
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Heguang Z
1,365 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Relatively small market right in front of the El Carmen ruins. Colorful items on display in front of the beautiful old church ruins.
Written September 4, 2019
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Deb C
Antigua, Guatemala143 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This is a lesser known artisan market in Antigua, with many of the typical items and some unique finds as well. We've haggled some great prices here for excellent quality textiles. You won't find as many huipils in this market, but textiles for the home like blankets are better prices than the more famous Artisan Market by the Mercado. We were able to get a handwoven, beautifully patterned king-size cotton blanket for Q315 (down from the original Q650 asking price). It was a unique pattern we hadn't seen anywhere else in Antigua before.

A few tips:

1) There are additional vendors outside, weather permitting, on weekends. Some of these vendors will have very nice textile accessories, like native belts and headdresses. Bargain hard and you can get a Nebaj decorated headdress for under Q100.

2) The interior of this market is not uniformly laid out. It's more haphazard like the mercado, with everything close together, making it difficult to tell where you are and where to go next. You'll find yourself randomly moving from one vendor stall to the next, sometimes into dead ends, or pushing through narrow gaps in hanging merchandise, following the yellow arrows on the floor. It's not wheelchair-friendly at all! However, I use a cane to keep my balance on the cobblestones of Antigua and was able to get around fine. (It's also probably not for the claustrophobic shopper either.)

3) There are no food or beverage stalls, no bottled water for sale and no restrooms that we saw. However, the restaurant Epicure is immediately across the street. So after an hour or so of shopping here you can simply escape to Epicure for a refreshing beverage to get re-hydrated and use the facilities.
Written July 26, 2015
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1,115 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Colourful, beautiful and quality. Vendors are friendly. So many nice things to buy. You can bargain too. Worth a browse.
Written March 29, 2022
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hsbvim
Dublin, OH1,194 contributions
Feb 2020
I visited Mercado el Carmen last week (February 2020), and I have visited it several times over the past 15 years. Here are my thoughts from my past visits:
- If it is a really hot day, it's a great place to shop in the shade as it is all covered.
- If it is a busy tourist time of the year, stay away. The hallways are narrow and can get very congested. If you dare go when it is crowded, put your wallet in your front pants pocket, or else you may leave without your wallet.
- It feels like a maze of shops, and I am not always certain that we saw all of the shops.
- If you see something you like, but they don't have it in your size, ask. We had one vendor go elsewhere (to a fellow vendor, perhaps?) on more than one occasion to find the size we wanted.
- Haggle, and don't give up. One can routinely get the price for 25% less than what they initially offer. If they say 100 quetzales, offer 50 and then go up very slowly.
Written February 17, 2020
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Barbara K
4 contributions
Mar 2019
I like going to this market because it is inside out of the sun, and a little less hectic. The merchandise is the same great quality and prices.
Written April 13, 2019
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