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Great place to eat

This is an interesting market located on the fringe of the historic district. It is a particularly... read more

Reviewed February 18, 2018
alaskantravelnut
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Tasty and affordable meals

Our walking tour ended at this food market and we were happy with these meal options at great... read more

Reviewed September 28, 2017
rapha_y_nici
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

This has to be one of the most organised market I've ever visited in central and South America. The produce is beautifully fresh and cheap. Head there if you're in need of some greens!

Thank Olivia S
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Reviewed June 19, 2017

We stopped for handmade juice drinks on the second level while on a walking tour. Very delicious, no digestive problems to follow for either of us. Area is well-maintained. There are also inexpensive places to eat on the ground floor.

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Reviewed May 30, 2017

Having visited markets in SE Asia, visiting Mercado Central was a cleaner, though perhaps smaller, version of what I had experienced. Step away from the tourist spots and get a feel for the real Quito. From the flower to fruit to meat vendors, you will see everything one would need for any meal of the day. It would have been wonderful to have someone describe all the different fruits that were there and be able to taste them all. The flowers are a sight to behold - so many different colored roses. Be brave and try some of the offerings at the many food and juice stalls. We did and we loved the food. One day we tried the deep-fried corvina from Don Jimmy's and on another the hornados (roasted whole pig) from Elineta. Each time we got a got a glass of fresh juice to go with the meal. Sharing tables in the food court with the locals was a wonderful experience and a delight for our taste buds - we did not suffer any after effects from doing so. The offerings are large and inexpensive - less than $10 for two people.

When you've had your fill of local architecture in Old Town and are ready for authentic sights and tastes, head over to the Mercado Central - it will be a visit you will surely remember.

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Reviewed April 10, 2017

As you wander through Old Town Quito, Mercado Central is not to be missed. Its a real market and a fascinating collection of vendors ranging from natural heals, to butchers, to vegetable stalls and most anything else you can imagine. Two of our group were treated for headaches and altitude...they were delighted with the result despite being gently flogged with herbs and special oils. This is a clean and safe market with cheerful vendors. You could easily spend two hours exploring, sampling and maybe buying a special treat.

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Reviewed March 9, 2017

Quito's Central Market is knows for it's cleanliness, friendliness of the stall owners, and for the excellent food available throughout the market. The water piped into the market is sanitized, so you need not have any fear at all of eating from the stalls. This is a GREAT place to get Almuerzo, or lunch, for between $2-$3. "Fresh fruit and vegetables are of very high quality and it is a feast for all of the senses. A great way to spend a long lunch hour!

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