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Plaza del Mercado de Rio Piedras

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Address: Paseo de Diego | Rio Piedras, San Juan 00925, Puerto Rico
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+1 787-763-3438

This central market square is not merely home to a number of vendors, but...

This central market square is not merely home to a number of vendors, but this busy plaza also plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year.

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Great Fruit, Local Open Air Market

Fantastic open air market. It is slightly off the beaten path, so you get local prices, top quality produce and great street food. We were there for the fruit and Batidas and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Culpeper, Virginia

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Culpeper, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic open air market. It is slightly off the beaten path, so you get local prices, top quality produce and great street food. We were there for the fruit and Batidas and were very happy with them. We got there at 6:00am and it took a few minutes to open. Totally worth it!

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This is certainly an excellent place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the culture and get acquainted with the locals. However, the market is certainly in a poorer part of San Juan. I would certainly not recommend that anyone take anything that points them out as a tourist. Parking is minimal but there is a small parking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

More than 30 years have passed since I visited the Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras. It is as authentic as you can imagine years ago and still is. We had lunch at C11-Cafetería Sabor Latino. Food was delicious as as well as customer service. Ladies were so nice and served a lot, I mean A LOT of food. Overall,... More 

Thank Madeline B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Had to have 2 cops give me the correct address here because Trip Advisor has it listed wrong. Upon arriving, we were greeted by an overwhelming odor of urine, expired fruits, and closed shops. Apparently they are mostly closed until Thursday-Sunday, but I cannot imagine that the stench of urine will ever be gotten rid of. $8 for 10 minutes... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Nice place for cheap shopping. It gives you a good idea of what is locally produced: clusters of bananas, pineapples, yams, mangoes... Lot of food kiosks and other shops. Saturday is good day to get there. The main market place is surrounded by many shops and street vendors. A real out off the beaten tracks area, it is not a... More 

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Visited this place while on a cruise stop. I must say, coming from an island life, this was a very welcomed experience. To see the local "Farmers Market" was something i didnt expect as most tours dont carry you into the heart of the city. While there I was able to sample to local meats, pastries, produce and beer. Definitely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Taste local produce, food, or drinks, in this "off-the-beaten-path" market, where all the locals go to shop. Area is safe, day or night, but you know the drill, always beware of your surroundings, wherever you travel. Try a local fruit smoothie (with rum). Tasty! OK, go out and have some fun!

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

The market itself was not that large, but it was fun to walk around and see all of the produce. We bought several items and also had lunch at Miss Batida (it was the kiosk where the locals were purchasing their food). Lunch was very cheap -- $1 for an empanada. My sister had the beef, and I had the... More 

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Richmond, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Plaza del Mercado de Rio Piedras is a larger, more local market - different from La Placita (La Plaza del Mercado de Santurce). This one is near the University, and a bit larger than La Placita. The Rio Piedras market is interesting to visit for very local food, produce, and cheap clothes and shopping items. We barely saw any tourists,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

great everything cheaper then in most mall and was walking from my hotel like 10 minuut i was a little mad because i didn't go there before i went to plaza las americas and san juan mall to expensive i loved plaza del sol and canton mall great cheaper and nice at bayamon

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