Mercado Bazurto, Cartagena

(2.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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  • We've been to local markets all over the world--we love 'em--and this ranks up there with the "best." It's a given that these places are earthy--most countries eat ALL of their animals, not just the c...  more »
  • It was great! Love to know the reality of the cities and their people. We went with someone local and walked us all: the area of meat and fish is huge and that of fruits and vegetables. The preciosson incredibly low. We had breakfast in the area of fried fish, there are seafood casserole, stew of fish, rice with mariacos, all types of fish, egg arepa and an aguapanela with delicious iced lemon! I recommend it to those who risk to get into the popular Centre of the city.
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  • The Bazurte market is so large that is like a single city by itself. I had the feeling to which the people of Cartagena will buy not only fruit and vegetables, meat, fish... but all kinds of items from toys, kitchen utensils, furniture, birds... go there is a special experience. Around market selling juices and fast food such as arepas with cheese. There are about 100 different places to eat which offer very complete lunch at a great price (7000 COP per person). On some comments I've read that they refer to the dirt, hygiene and endangerment of the place, I think that is well taken into account but not to let go. Personally I didn't feel that was dangerous. I suppose that if you just leave your hotel all inclusive if you can have that feeling. And if it is true that probably most of the sites that give food there does not appear to be very clean, and it's very hot... But it is a good opportunity to try food authentic and share table with local people.
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  • Here's the truth: This is poorly advertised as a cool spot. It's irresponsible for people to be giving this market a 3-5 star rating. This is a potentially dangerous activity. This is still Colombia we're talking about. Be smart. It's not a cute, hip bazaar. Tourists be advised. (I'm Colombian, by the way.)
  • Amazing food. This place has some very mixed reviews and while I can understand where some are coming from I don't necessarily agree. Safety: One should be cognizant of their safety anywhere they go in the world, and yes, Colombia too. Markets in general can be great target points. Narrow alleys, dim lighting, and ignorant tourists holding expensive items, showing off lots of COP isn't advised. The Food & Goods: Most non-locals won't be buying anything here as its more industrial in its realm (non-food that is). The cooked food is amazing in quality and even ingredients (although you might not suspect that from the visual setting). Try things, order and sample, be sure to pay appropriately. I had some great fried yucca, fried fish, crab stews, and more. While the visual setting is one that some tourists might not be used to don't judge a book by its cover; at the same time be smart & savvy. Recognize that some here are working very hard and not quite making a living wage. Consider how you appear in the market.
  • Adventure Time: When you search for Cartagena's Mercado de Bazurto market, you get comments like "dangerous, dirty and not useful," "watch out for pickpockets," "deafening music," "muddy paths stinking with fish juice—do NOT wear flip flops," and "es feo y malo! (it's ugly and bad)". So obviously, I went there this morning. I figured I've been in Chinatown and an Époisse cheese factory; I'm a veteran at olfactory assault. The market was indeed a maze of dark, pungent alleys, filled with wagons full of cow hooves, hubcaps, baggies of sauces, Spiderman outfits, mills grinding fresh corn into masa, glistening fish, ragged puppies, and every tropical fruit you could want in Colombia. I made it out having learned some new Spanish vocab and with my pockets intact, and only two people hollered "Mi amor!" at me.
  • Not touristy at at all, off the beaten path but really great place.
  • The Bazurto market is a place in Cartagena where they sell products of various types, located in kiosks, hives, chasas or tables of hawkers and shops within a radius of one kilometer approximately on an informal basis. You can get products at a great price thanks imitation and original.
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