Mercado Central, Guatemala City

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Hidden behind the magnificent cathedral, Mercado Central spreads over three underground levels. Your senses will be overwhelmed by exotic scents, bright colors, and the vibrant atmosphere as you wander through the market. Choose from various plain and exotic fruits and vegetables huddled on the tables, or hunt for a bargain at the handicrafts section. Find woven blouses, native huipiles, bracelets, purses, shoes, soft leather, candles, jewelry, and many more trinkets hiding in the stalls. Don’t hesitate to bargain as you sift through the souvenirs on offer. Plan to see Mercado Central and other attractions that appeal to you using our Guatemala City online road trip planner .
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  • 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 Guatem...  more »
  • It is an excellent place to buy crafts and typical local products. It is best to buy in the basement since they handle better value than the first floor. Bargain always
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  • Here in converging the cultures of the country for sale of souvenirs, souvenirs, there are even cafeterias where you can taste the typical food of the country at a low cost with an exquisite, unique flavor of each region.
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  • Mercado central is located in the very heart of Guatemala. You can find all kind of tropical and seasonal produce as well as a variety of beautiful and colorful hand crafted souvenirs from all regions of Guatemala
  • I love this market. All is really good and cheap. Best crafts, food, fruits in Guatemala city
  • Amazing market, much choice, good prices. You should have food there. It is good and cheap. The ambiance is very refreshing and friendly.
  • For those who will travel to Guatemala, O highly recommend you visit famous Market. Has variety of food, candy for you to take home.
  • Awesome they got alot stuff. Amo a mi gente Linda!!!

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Where to stay in Guatemala City

For easy access to the historical highlights of Guatemala City, many travelers choose to stay in the old, central district of Zona 1. While plenty of budget hostels and hotels in this area offer decent rooms, some visitors refrain from this part of the city due to its unfortunate reputation for theft and gun crime, especially at night. You'll find safer areas farther south--in Zona 9 and 10--where you can choose from a much wider selection of high-end hotels, while also enjoying proximity to the airport, the metro, and Guatemala City's best nightlife.
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