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“A Good Market, But Just Like So Many Others”
Review of Mercado Central

Mercado Central
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Shopping Tour in Guatemala City from Antigua
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Guatemala City Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: For really good deals on Guatemalan handicrafts, especially leather goods, woolen blankets and masks, check out the underground stalls here, where fresh produce is also available.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

The Mercado Central is just a block off the main square in Guatemala City in Zona Uno. If you're already downtown, it's worth stopping into. The underground market is full of both craft sellers as well as stalls of everyday or special items locals might be looking for. Prices are typically better here for crafts than one finds for similar items in Antigua. The food comedores are about as clean looking as any I have seen around the country. They would be an excellent choice for lunch or a snack. From where we got off the city bus, we walked down the main pedestrian street to the central plaza. Shops, government buildings and eateries line the street taking you into the main square. Once there, one can view the cathedral. A large outdoor book fair was going on as we passed through. The market can be found just behind the cathedral. However, as cities go, Guate City is probably not on most people's itineraries when they visit the country. I did not see many tour operators in Antigua advertising tours of or shuttles to the city. It's not really all that attractive and it's a bit difficult to get around using local buses unless you are there with someone who knows the system. As pleasant as the market is, you can find exactly the same things in Antigua. When you consider the time and energy it takes to find your way there, you would have been better off to have shopped locally and had a nice lunch outside the city. The city can be dangerous, so exercise caution when visiting there.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

If you are claustrophobic, don't go down there. It's pretty much your standard market, but it's underground. The aisles are very narrow. The stalls are piled high with all kinds of goods. There is fresh food on one level, and the rest are filled with flowers or touristy gift things. If you're in the market for them, the prices are much better than your hotel, or especially the airport. Cheap and colorful textiles and shoes are plentiful. Unfortunately, most everything else has "Guatemala" stamped on it.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is equivalent to our malls, but nothing like it at all. everything can be found here. A large bazaar, from perishables, to textiles, to appliance, to a food court, to souvenirs. Narrow halls over barring with wears. Again exciting, adventure like, safe.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

If you really want to immerse yourself in a purely Guatemalan experience then this one of the best venues for it.

If you are not into shopping, or just want to take a break from wandering the endless, but fascinating, maze of vendor stalls, then venture down into the food court level, an explosion of produce and food. Lots of tasty very local food.

1  Thank BZ_Sailor
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Great market, colorful local feel, lovely items for sale. You'll get better deals if you pay in quetzales (not dollars) and bargain with the vendors. And you'll get the BEST deals if you speak Spanish. But even if you're green at market shopping, you'll enjoy this experience. Highly recommended.

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