A must: you'll love the flowers, juices and ceviches.

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Mercado Central

Trading for seventy years

Despite being remodelled on several occasions, Quito's central market, the Mercado Central, has remained a gastronomical point of reference for over seventy years and still feels like a traditional, local market. Three key products stand out from the huge range on offer here: the flowers, juices and colourful ceviches. The market has a long tradition of selling top quality flowers, with people coming from all over the city to buy from the best of the bunch. The juices here are another star product; all freshly squeezed and packed with vitamins, they are a true celebration of the region's native fruits and colours. And last but not least, its famous ceviches: on the top floor you'll find an area with tables that opens first thing in the morning, serving countless variations of this unusual way of preparing fish. It goes without saying that this is one of Quito's star dishes.

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