Guatemala City’s central market (8a Avenida and 6a Calle, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–noon Sun.) is located behind the Catedral Metropolitana. The basement harbors produce, while the top two floors have a varied assortment of textiles, leather goods, and various handicrafts.
It’s a bit dark and bunkerlike, with the stalls packed to the ceiling with all kinds of goodies. It’s a bit overwhelming. The current market replaced the one destroyed by the 1976 earthquake.
Be wary of pickpockets here.
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