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Central Market

In many ways, a visit to Paramaribo's Central Market is the easiest way to experience the wonderful multi-culturalism of this fascinating city. The Central Market, which sprawls along the pretty Waterkant (waterfront) area of the city, is a busy, frenetic place, with three distinct sections all boasting their own unique sights, smells and sounds. For foreign visitors, the most culturally interesting section of the market must be the Maroon area, with its bones and feathers, caged monkeys and assortment of traditional medicines and tonics for sale. Even if you don't end up buying anything, this area is certainly worth a look (and in all likelihood, a photograph or two). The Asian and Indian section of the market sells cheap goods and clothing, and - more appetisingly - a heady selection of spicy snacks and beverages. The last section of the market is the clamorous outdoor fish market, where fisherman unload their boats in the centre of the action and fresh catches can be picked up for extremely reasonable prices.