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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

Reviewed 9 February 2017
Culpeper, Virginia
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Nashville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Plaza Del Mercado during our stay in San Juan. It was a fun evening of restaurants & music.

Thank Haley R
McMurdo Station Antarctica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The majority of the reviews and pictures are from Placita del Mercado in Santurce. This is a listing for the market in Rio Piedras. Rio Piedras Market has a long street of shops selling all sort of items. The main market hall has a food court and stalls with common grocery goods such as meats, fish and fruits/vegetables.

Thank Christopher F
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is my husband's first stop on every visit to PR. The market consists of blocks of shops where items can be found for pennies on the dollar. This is usually where the locals are so there is no tourist mark up. The central plaza is filled with vendors selling fresh produce and meats. There is even a food court... More 

Thank RC-RC07
Culpeper, Virginia
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

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!

Thank gibsongirl104
Houston, Texas
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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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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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Reviewed 22 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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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 

Thank BenParis_France
Nassau, New Providence Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 6 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!

Thank FLworldwanderer

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