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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  • We went there while on a day trip with our guide. While many of the shops were not opened over 50% were in they had a good selection of souvenirs, cigars trinkets etc. tourism is down somewhat because...  more »
  • The crafts market in Masaya is a nice place to get your Nicaraguan souvenirs. A friendly setting and lots of small stands with souvenirs that are not very different but that do offer enough variety to...  more »
  • We did this as part of the one Day Nicaragua tour. Most of the shop owners are nice, however if you do not know the current exchange rate, some may try to take advantage of you so like anywhere else, ...  more »
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  • Endless local market for trinkets and native art. Go EARLY! The aisles get tight as the place gets more crowded. You'll find lots of 'booths' carry very similar goods, so do a walk-through first before buying anything. Ask for prices to get a feel for how low you can haggle later. Some vendors take credit, but all prefer cash. US dollars are fine- they'll calculate the conversion for you in front of you.
  • Very limited products, small not too many choices. The market is very small. It was close to our hotel Royal. But they have reasonably priced big portion food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed on Sunday.
  • 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. :)
  • Excellent restaurant really enjoyed my lunch. The craft market not as much as there were lots of pushy private vendors trying to make a buck.
  • 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.
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