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Address: Lake and Bloomington Streets, Minneapolis, MN
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08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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Mexican-style market selling food, crafts, Spanish books and music.

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A Delicious Sort of Grail

Years ago, in some fancypants culinary periodical, I saw an image of a tamale wrapped in a banana leaf. It became a sort of grail for me until I found La Loma's Oaxaqueno- pulled... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
Forrest P
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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fine place to find and consume the foods of the Mexicans made by actual Mexican people. A treat.

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Thank Alzor S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I've been looking for mexican charms and thought this might be the place. It was similar to shopping in Mexico , finding hidden shops at every turn but when you're looking for a specific item, it would save time if everything was in a specific area. I also thought the food items were a little high in price. Interesting but... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Years ago, in some fancypants culinary periodical, I saw an image of a tamale wrapped in a banana leaf. It became a sort of grail for me until I found La Loma's Oaxaqueno- pulled chicken in red chili sauce wrapped in a rustic crust of rough hewn masa, then folded into a banana leaf slick with fat. With a cup... More 

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Thank Forrest P
Burnsville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

I love this place! Mercado Central is a cultural wonderland with shops and grocers and restaurants. The Milanese Torta at Manny's rocked my little world and Taqueria La Hacienda has a location here. From tamales to fish tacos and al pastor, everyone's favorites make an appearance. What a happy place this is, particularly on Cinco de Mayo.

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1 Thank Dita D
Bloomington, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

All the reviews made me think this was a lively market place with music and people selling wares. In my head I thought it would be more market style. We found it to be a building with small shops specializing in Mexican items. I will say the food was very authentic but we were not wowed like others.

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1 Thank Bfire012002
Iowa City, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2010

I love this place. They serve Al Pastor pork tacos that are worth the 30 minute drive every time I find myself craving them. I really recommend this place, the culture is wonderful, the people are kind, the food is delicious. They even humor me when I do my best to speak spanish with them. Check it out!

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1 Thank dharma19
MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2009

I was so glad to discover this great place last year! The order-at-counter restaurants and stores are all together in this wonderful indoor market. It's fun to bring the kids during the homeschool day for a little cultural experience. We love to try new foods together and practice our Spanish a bit.

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3 Thank zagole
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2007

The mercado was much smaller than I'd expected, but still had much to offer. Shoppers can buy books, crafts, jewelry, and even spices. There are also several food booths. The mercado is located within their Mexican district, which is home to a strip of good restaurants and shops. The people are all very friendly. I recommend also stopping in one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2006

I would like to say that there is a nice atmospher at Mercado Central, very family oriented. What I order when I go to the Central Market is 2 Tamales de Pollo en salsa verde (chicken tamales in a green sauce) at the cafe and 2 tacos alpastor (marinated pork tacos) and agua fresca horchata (a tasty rice beveerage) at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2004

Mercado Central has a great variety of food, clothing, services and authentic Mexican gifts. I love the different foods,people watch and desserts I am able to find. It is like a little Mercado straight from Mexico. It is worth a visit for lunch or just snacking, the kids will also enjoy it! :-)

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