Masaya Crafts Market, Masaya

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Get your souvenir shopping fix as you meander through Masaya Crafts Market, a colorful tourist spot with an array of handicrafts. Set around the 19th-century Spanish stone fortress of the “mercado viejo,” the renovated market showcases a wide selection of Nicaraguan crafts, from hammocks to leather crafts, woven accessories, and handmade jewelry. Weave your way through the bustling stalls, many of which sell similar items. Haggle the perfect price for the gift that has caught your eye. Put Masaya Crafts Market into our Masaya travel route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Good for souvenirs. Nice bags, wood bowls, art. Good prices. Not cheap but good for the quality. Bring a lot of 1$, 5$, 10$ in American dollars. They take Cordoba but it is easier to bargain and to ke...  more »
  • If you want to shop in Nicaragua then best place shopping for souvenirs at this craft market.When you shopping in there just be more careful about price because every shop have different price but whe...  more »
  • Beautiful architecture for this market. It's a market for tourists and there are all kinds of gifts at prices that are unfortunately excessive and not always made to the Nicaragua. Must enter through the main entrance, with its beautiful façade, and now there is a booth where you can taste the speciality of Masaya: the v consisting of yucca, banana, plantain and beef. It is very good as the juice House where they ate cocoa and flaxseed. All for a very moderate price.
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  • This market will give you a taste of some of the goods Nica has to offer. There are lots of shops with all of them featuring a lot of the same items. (Hammocks, pottery, jewelry, etc.) It's a good place to get souvenirs. It is geared for tourists though and the prices of the products will reflect that. You can negotiate with them and they'll give a new price that's "just for you". There is a market about 4 blocks from this market that has prices for locals. This place is nice for a visit at least.
  • Many interesting things to see. Browse local products and handcrafted items and bargain for deals if need be. I purchased a wonderful, colorful hammock for $15 US.
  • As Nicaraguan, I highly recommend this place to tourists. It is really nice as it has a different array of souvenirs and stuff to buy as a reminder of my beautiful country. Be aware though that sometimes the prices are high so make sure to check many with vendors as possible to get the best price ( I mean the price you are willing to pay). Remember that these people live form selling all thus handcrafted souvenirs. It takes time, effort, and creativity to make them. Hand-made products are not cheap! However, if you are looking for cheaper options, then you have go to the other local market lacated about 6 blocks from this one. It is not nicer but it is cheaper. It all depends on your budget and the type of shopping experience your are looking for. Hope anyone who visits Nicaragua, enjoy it as much as possible. :)
  • It's a good opportunity to wander and purchase souvenirs. Please walk through to assess the goods and prices first. Negotiation is key. It would be helpful to have the local currency vs the US dollar.
  • nice market for souvenir shopping. some of the sellers make prices which are way to high. you can also get some stuff at the airport. for example the bags... mostly they even look better than those at the market.

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Masaya offers the perfect range of accommodations to cater to young, budget-conscious travelers, with a host of affordable places to stay spread throughout town. The neighborhood of La Estacion offers the best selection, as well as proximity to the best sightseeing in Masaya. If you want easier access to the nearby volcano, stay northeast of town, along Route 4.
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