This massive indoor market takes up several floors, covering a square city block. Guatemala’s Central Market is located behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Tabernacle Plaza. The place is a riot of color. Visitors can buy a variety of art and handicrafts from all over the country; ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, silver, flowers, as well as everyday consumer goods.
It also boasts an incredible array of fruit and vegetable displays, and native food stands, where you can buy a great assortment of food items to take with you. Or, if you are the more adventurous type, you can sit and enjoy a meal in any of its variety of eateries or food courts, and taste some of the traditional Guatemalan dishes amongst a predominantly local crowd.
Open every day from 6:00 to 18:00.
Location - How to get there? The Mercado Central spreads out underground, beneath of one of Zone 1's parking lots, east of the Metropolitan Cathedral between 8 and 9 avenues, and 6 and 8 streets. (See location map below for directions).
Suitability: This massive indoor market is a great off-the beaten path opportunity to experience a real Guatemalan market (you will rarely find tourists). It is also located near the Central Park (Greater Constitution Plaza) which makes it ideal to visit other attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, and more! It is a great opportunity to add this experience to a guided tour if needed.
Note that the market is crowded and beware of pick-pockets. Take little or no valuables.
Contact: If you have any questions about this experience, or request transportation and/or guided tours, please contact Gofolklore. We will be delighted to assist you!
Did you Know? The Central Market origin dates back to mid nineteenth century when the city moved from Antigua Guatemala to what is know the Valley de la Hermita in Gautemala City, to facilitate purchases (as it still happens in many inland villages).