Masaya Crafts Market was one of our stops on our tour in Nicaragua. This place is an open market and a great place to buy souvenirs. There were lots of beautiful leather goods and ceramics in this place with very reasonable price. Also, there were beautiful woodcarvings. Do not hesitate to bargain to get a better price. There were several vendors that spoke English. There were several young people (guide) who spoke English that can help you find things you would like to buy. You can give them a little tip afterwards. The coffee mug that my wife bought at a bargain price was well made and sturdy. We bought several souvenirs at this place. I recommend that you will eat lunch or dinner at the restaurant beside the Masaya Crafts Market. They had the best steak I had ever eaten. It was served in a very hot platter with all the herbs and spices. It was very delicious. Our tour guide said that Nicaragua got the best steak. It was a wise choice for me even I stopped eating red meat for a long time already to control my blood pressure. Everybody in our tour ordered steak and was the best conversation in the tour bus. Also, make sure to order a fruit drink at the stand beside the restaurant. They served real fruit drink and cost very reasonable. In addition, the fresh roasted cashew nuts were very good but a little pricey. The vendors accept US dollars. Bring lots of small change like $5, $10 and not more than $20 since you cannot use your Cordova once you left Nicaragua. Happy shopping in Nicaragua.
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