Coronation Market

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SheilaW34
Corralejo, Spain7,868 contributions
A bewildering sea of stalls - a real culture shock for us
Dec 2019
This is a real experience on a Saturday, which is when I believe it's busiest. It was just gigantic, and so packed! There were areas given over to various foods more or less in the centre -- not just a hall or two but acres! Then you get to the clothing, textiles, and other areas. There's even one area where people are having their feet, nails, hair, etc done and getting massages. Some areas get so full you have to weave your way through. It goes without saying that you need to be careful of your possessions (I noticed everyone, even the locals, were carrying backpacks in front of them), but you also need to beware of the heat re sunburn, heat-stroke and dehydration. You also need to watch where you're going as some areas are concreted but others are dirt and potholes, there are banana skins and sometimes other rotting things on the ground, and porters with trolleys are always in a rush to get by. You don't have to worry about traffic though as you'll be able to walk faster! The only thing that really distressed us was that we couldn't find anywhere at all to sit down. We'd expected to be able to sit and watch the life of the market over a beer and lunch but we literally didn't find anywhere, not even a perch. Plenty of places to buy water, but we needed seats too. In the end we hailed a taxi and the driver very slowly took us out of the area.
Written 9 January 2020
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Maria W
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Loved the great fresh foods.
Mar 2016 • Couples
Coronation market was a great walk, long but so much to see on the way. Early in the morning it is a very good time to visit when the venders are not setting up for the day. Freshly peeled sugar cane, June plum, so many more it's hard to remember all. The venders were very helpful and accommodating. The prices were much cheaper here too. Take a cab back, if you did like me and over shopped.
Written 16 March 2016
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h2ou8n4
Austin, TX6 contributions
Sights, smells and sounds of Kingston's most amazing market!
Aug 2015 • Couples
A must visit giant complex of stockyard type sheds housing every imaginable vendor. Fresh fruit and vegetables, cuts of meat, car parts, clothing, toys, electronics, prepared street foods, music, toiletries, games of chance and even building materials...it is all here in this astounding warren of people and produce. It is a combination farmer's market, swap meet, and food court full of engaging, friendly people remarkably unlike the annoying touts of tourist area straw markets. Escape the sanitized "all inclusive" resort experience...embrace the real Jamaica!
Written 26 February 2016
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stushie
kin, jamaica18 contributions
Only the best of the freshest is here
Sep 2014 • Solo
I look forward to getting the most beautiful and fresh produce in the market and the smell of the st. Andrew eskellion and thyme from miss janice right nex to d digicel store in d market.
It csnt get any fresher than this.
Written 22 May 2015
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AlegreVancouverBC
North Vancouver, Canada12,279 contributions
Why rated down the list of things to do?
This huge and crowded market should be up near the top of things to do. This is where you'll meet the people, ask revealing questions, walk a lot and be quite hot. If you're buying any quantity you can hire a cart and have its operator follow or guide. The place is huge. It is packed, especially on weekends. It might be intimidating and chaotic , but it shouldn't be. It's a social destination for locals and many will spend the day finding their favourite vendors.
Written 13 March 2015
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cristofa
Penzance, UK71 contributions
the essence of real Jamaica
Oct 2014 • Friends
Markets are generally fun and the huge Coronation Market is a wonderful feast of sights, smells and sounds. So many different fruits and vegetables to see and buy - don't be afraid to ask the vendors (known as higglers) what they are, and to try them. The place has a great atmosphere and you get to hear real Jamaica talk.
Written 5 December 2014
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Michael T
Albany, California4 contributions
Coronation Market tour on a Saturday
Apr 2012 • Solo
This is one of the best things to experience while in Kingston. Our guide MaryAngela was excellent at winding us through the vast market to sample exotic fruits, local food and other goods. From the tour we were able to gain insight as our guide pointed out the micro economy in place as vendors, farmers and retailers come from all over the island to stay for days to prepare to set up business on a Saturday. The market is open everyday, but it is at it's biggest and best on Saturday.
Written 29 April 2012
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