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Biggest market of Latin-America?!!

As mentioned by local tour operator this seems to be the biggest market in Latin-America and indeed when you walk the interior you can easily get lost. This is where local... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Barendrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

As with many South American markets interesting but rather grubby and chaotic. Prices low and large range of fruit vegetables and spices. Outside the market I was mugged and had my property stollen and my wrist bruised in a struggle. We were on a cruise ship and sadly I was not alone in being robbed, some other people did actually... More 

Thank Maureen K
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

That is raw Bahia as you can only see in Pierre Verger's pictures or in Jorge Amado's books. This is where baianos go for shopping. It's very cheap but don't expect to find a clean market. This one is dirty. And still beautiful. You can try all sorts of tropical fruits and vegetables that Brazil has. Absolutely worth it!

Thank Adriano M
Barendrecht, The Netherlands
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

As mentioned by local tour operator this seems to be the biggest market in Latin-America and indeed when you walk the interior you can easily get lost. This is where local restaurants go and buy their needs- spices, vegetables, fruit, fish, life stock, clothes any thing you need! Prices lower than in town of course but also be aware of... More 

Thank peterww2013
Chicago, IL
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

If you're like me, and you seek out markets wherever you go, I'm sure you'll like it. It definitely is an assault on the senses in ever way. An endless network with something surprising around every corner. Stay alert though, people are pushing carts and carrying things in all directions so stopping to take photos isn't always the best idea.... More 

Thank nobo
Woodstock, New Hampshire
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2015

In addition to the usual fruits, vegetables, meat and fish....this market offered relics and animals for Candomble religious beliefs and ceremonies. Very interesting.

Thank KathyNH
Houston, Texas, United States
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

This is not really a fair review because we we only drove slowly by a couple of times in a taxi, and temporarily stopped a couple of times, once while the taxi driver ask the policeman where he could park (which there was no where nearby for the taxi to park, so that we could go in for 15 minutes... More 

Thank ClayF2
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Great place to take pictures, recommended by my b&b owners. They sell mostly fruit, vegs and meat here. The colours are amazing but the smells can be intrusive and if you are a strict vegetarian you may wish to avoid this

2 Thank Henrice A
San Diego, California, USA
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

The Sao Joaquim Market is a place you can go for just about anything, ranging from vegetables, fruits, seafood, and meats to fabrics and jewelry to diverse religious items, particularly for Candomble. Parts are open air, and most are covered. If you are looking for polished floors and neatly stacked shelves of packaged merchandise, this is not the place for... More 

Thank SanDiego_MK
Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

Get the bus at the bottom of the Lacerda elevator. It's about 3kms, I think. Ask the ticket guy to tell you when it's near. Market Sao Joaquim has fruits, veggies, souvenirs, odds and ends, including Candomble spiritual items, mystical concoctions and remedies, home bottled jungle juices and many grades of dende oil! Very exciting for all. of your senses!

Thank Tami D
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Reviewed 17 May 2015 via mobile

Who is into markets that are a little bit different than the average one will love this place. Tiny little streets, sometimes quite dark with thousands of different smells (not always pleasant) and as many people are covering a large area with fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, life stock, souvenirs, household stuff, etc. Not many tourists around and a real Salvador/Bahia... More 

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