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Centro de Turismo do Ceara

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Address: Rua Senador Pompeu 350 | City Center area, Fortaleza, State of Ceara 60025-000, Brazil
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212-3566
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Old Public Jail is now a Tourism Center

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Plenty of small artisan shops offering plenty of things for the tourist. Lots of embroidery and lace. There were some wood carvings and also a stall offering cashews which were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Plenty of small artisan shops offering plenty of things for the tourist. Lots of embroidery and lace. There were some wood carvings and also a stall offering cashews which were excellent. Located in an old jail it is an interesting building set up, in a not too pleasant neighbourhood.

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Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is near to the cathedral and fort so worth a visit if you are in the area but not worth making a special trip to get there. The small shops offering too much of the same type of tourist souveniers are situated off two parallel hallways and there is a cheap but uninspiring cafe. Pleasant to sit in the... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very traditional place where you can see a huge variety of clothes, lining sheets for beds and tables, hats, sandals etc...it is quite interesting to see. Worth value the visit, which is free by the way.

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Rio de Janeiro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

For those who have been to the Brazilian Northeast a few decades ago, what we see now in this handcrafts market seem to be always the same thing, no matter where you are. It is disappointing.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

This is housed in a former prison. Once inside, it is a sort of relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Most of the stalls sells local handicraft, mainly fabric made products. Prices are more or less the same even compared to the Mercado Centro. You can basically get everything you want here without going to the Mercado... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

It was ok... But same as the Central Market, same as the Night market. All sell very similar goods. But nice enough for a quick visit OR if you are looking for something in particular.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

Amazing! And beautiful handmade everything stuff possible! Support the local and buy there! The lace is one of the most famous in the world. It take hours and days to be finished by local lady. The price is a bit salty, but is something you are going to have forever

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We walked over to the Centro de Turismo do Ceará after wandering through the few floors of Mercado Central. While the grounds and architecture of the former prison were mildly interesting, I guess I was expecting more craftsmanship or local flavor to the shops in the state tourism center. Instead, it was basically the same kinds of things on sale... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We were taken to the Centro de Turismo do Ceara for our shopping stop. The place had variety of shops and tried to sell different merchandise for tourist. Much to our surprise, there were limitation of Brazilian products that attract the attention of visitors. However toward the very end of the shopping complex, my wife found a white dress she... More 

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Fortaleza, CE
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Go there, park inside the place, and walk around to buy some handcrafts, cashew nuts and tipical clothing from this part of the country.

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