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Mercado Principal

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Av. Las Americas, Merida 5101, Venezuela
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Caracas, Venezuela
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Nice local market full of art and food stands. A good place to eat in the third floor. Try restaurant # 6, Los Frailejones. Good trout and other local fares.

Thank wanderlustdude
San Cristobal, Venezuela
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

Anywhere you go in Venezuela of you want to taste the real tupí al food you should go To the Mercados Libres ( local markets). Not the case in the most tourist (supposedly) oriented city of the country, Mérida. We ordered the campesino breakfast and it was as poor, could and scarce as the Service.

Thank Negruro
Maracaibo, Venezuela
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The place is very clean and safe. You can find all kinds of souvenirs at a very good price, even cheaper than other places in Merida. You can also find vegetables, coffee, seasonings, grains, traditional drinks,etc. There are ATMs nearby although most of the sellers accept card payment. Even though we didn't lunch there, there are many traditional food options... More 

Thank Inga_Brauneis
Caracas, Venezuela
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Typical all packed up market place. All kind of local foods, instruments and beverages. Regular for breakfast at Restaurant "Tipico de Douglas" located on the 2nd floor. Not worthy if you have to spend time getting there.

Thank Alfredo D
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Most of the goods available for purchase in this 3 story shopping center are relatively the same from booth to booth. The complex itself is PACKED with people and stalls, and a little bit difficult to navigate. When I went to eat at one of the restaurants, the procedure was confusing to say the least... after finally finding a table... More 

Thank ElizabethR_22
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

As an expat living in Puerto la Cruz on the coast, we have nothing like this so it was a treat to us. BIG, CLEAN, SAFE, and lots of choices. FABULOUS Hammocks, artwork, blackberry wine, leather goods, textiles and lots of crap souvenirs too. WORTHWHILE of a few hours if you like craft markets!

Thank Lisa M
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517 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Amazing, i could stay there a endless time and still finding new treasures. In the third floor there a village with tends in a totally differente atmosphere, where you can find artists hand made pieces. Moreover, the restaurants are amazing.

Thank AssahiraShiro
Curitiba, PR
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Pretty cute market. There are a lot of local souvenirs and local art. The food in the restaurants are cheap and good. I ate a lasagna ( not very venezuelan ) but still good. Merida in general is a small and beautiful town.

Thank Jor D
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101 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

You can find typical instruments, hammocks, sweets and BlackBerry wines in here. Among lots and lots of stores, there is one that offers product made from local designers... A must ! On another note, breakfast is really good. Grab a bite from kitchens 5 or 6 (my humble opinion).. The cochino frito breakfast is really good!

Thank MemoKalen
Barcelona, Spain
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87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It use to be a popular mercado. Is not anymore a venezuelan marquet all and all. The majority of the estall bilong to colombians with cheep satuf. If you loo for food you better go to the other market. Still you can find nice popular products. Spend time and u'll find them

Thank EmiliaR50

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Venezuelan, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av. Las Americas, Merida 5101, Venezuela
  • Location: South America  >  Venezuela  >  Andean Region  >  Merida
  • Phone Number: 02742660821

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?