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Mercado Central

8 Calle and 8 Ave., Guatemala City, Guatemala
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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.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
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“prepared food” (3 reviews)
“food stalls” (3 reviews)
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8 Calle and 8 Ave., Guatemala City, Guatemala
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"prepared food"
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"experience real"
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"food stalls"
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"great market"
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"great place to shop"
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"guatemalan culture"
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"handicrafts"
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"mercado"
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"maze"
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"cathedral"
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"souvenir"
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"sellers"
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"browse"
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"antigua"
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

As you can see at the picture, the market is under ground and behind that is the Cathedral. So you can go a hang around, but don’t expect to have a blast like restaurants or so, I saw two Mc Donald’s *Yucky, in the plaza...More

Thank Marco P
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Great market with lots of food options. Vegetable selection was not as big as I had hoped. If you are looking for real exotic stuff probably won’t see it here. But overall a fun place and great way to experience real native foods.

Thank 56003Richard
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We went mid-morning on a Saturday as a stop on a private full day tour of the City. It was lively, especially downstairs by the food and plants, but what I appreciated most was that it was organized and has lots of space to move...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

This is definitely Da place to shop for classic Guatemalan style items. You will pay a third of what you would pay in Antigua or any other place. The people are very nice and will not pressure you to buy anything. If you plan to...More

1  Thank jsosa196
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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

To me, mercados are the heartbeat of a city. I love to explore them and look at the fruits and veggies. The herbs and spices. The food stalls. The tchotchkes. The kids and people. Well, when in Guatemala City, this is no different. When in...More

Thank IamDaenerys
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We like to take our American visitors to the Mercado central to give them a taste of the Guatemalan culture. It is so different from their culture and they get to se so many new and different things and try many different things.

2  Thank 517beth
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

It is better to buy here than at the airport, always negotiate better prices, offer to pay less, in Guatemala everything is handled like that. A 70Q souvenir you can pay 40Q.

Thank LuacoC
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

I was suprised to see there was a lower level below the level of Guatemalan fare where produce was sold. There was allot of goods there for last minute shopping.

Thank Engineergal
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Our group went there to eat lunch (a local beef stew with rice and potato) along with trying various kinds of candy and fruits. There are some strange looking fruits here. We also got free time to browse the upper floor with its crafts. I...More

Thank fuzzyfred
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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Right behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Mercado Central is a must. You can get lost in it. Wonderful crafts to delight your eyes and a great place to shop. Prices are incredible, but never pay what the sellers are asking for. Bargain, bargain and bargain....More

3  Thank tg0mide
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Lunes 8:00 - 18:00 Martes 8:00 - 18:00 Miércoles 8:00 - 18:00 Jueves 8:00 - 18:00 Viernes 8:00 - 18:00 Sábado 8:00 - 18:00 Domingo 8:30 - 14:00
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