Variety of goods at the market © 98489045@N00
The Central Market spills out of the shabby yet beautiful old building in which it is housed, and is a hub of activity where all kinds of goods can be bought, from handicrafts, basket ware and carvings, to fruit and vegetables, a variety of seafood and many household items needed for everyday use. It is primarily a food market, but some interesting souvenirs and trinkets can usually be found. This is a market designed to serve local needs, not tourists, which makes it an authentic experience and a good opportunity for meeting some locals and seeing how people in Maputo shop and eat. Vendors are ready to haggle, and you can often negotiate yourself big discounts, though knowing a little Portuguese will be a real help in this respect. Bear in mind that the merchants will usually charge foreigners exorbitant prices and don't be afraid to walk away and compare prices at other stalls to make sure you aren't being taken advantage of. It is a good idea to have small change. Unfortunately, the market is a haven for pickpockets and thieves and visitors should ensure that all valuables are concealed from view and be very vigilant about their surroundings and possessions.
Address: Av. 25 de Setembro