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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