Mercado Municipal de Santa Tecla

Mercado Municipal de Santa Tecla

Mercado Municipal de Santa Tecla
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Tanya90M
Phoenix, AZ32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
You know those open air markets you always see on the Travel Channel but never around the regular tourist spots? Well hold on to your hat (and purse) because this is it! Bring sure to have a Spanish speaker in your group and try not to act too much like a tourist! Go in the morning because it gets hot inside the market, but plan to enjoy some freshly made pupusas and coffee too. There are people to sit and eat.

The vendors are crammed along the street as well as inside the market. It gets hot in there, so go in the morning. The people are friendly but somewhat assertive in selling especially because me and my kids stand out ethnically. Try some of the fruits you do not know - just ask for a sample. It's wonderfully fresh. We came home with fruits, vegetables, fresh fish & shrimp, hot pupusas and tortillas and enjoyed a wonderful meal at our apartment (after rinsing the raw stuff with bottled water).

Supposedly, the French people really like this market because of all the fresh food and I believe it. You can also buy clothes, DVDs (pirated probably), housewares or whatever. It's absolutely sensory overload. I would have liked to stay longer, but did not want to have to find a bathroom because it was not exactly pretty around there. Hopefully, we'll get to go back.
Written 5 July 2015
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