Carbon Market
Carbon Market
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uzmelissa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates173 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Carbon market may be most important and popular street market if you like Asian night markets. You would go and see locals traditions but it must be improved at hygenical and various about textiles and gifts options. It should be at thai Street markets standards at least. There were so many bad reviews about thieves or security problems, bu I didn't feel anything like these problems
Written 9 January 2023
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oldtraveller110
Singapore, Singapore87 contributions
Jan 2021
I have been coming to Carbon market for about 25 years and though I have seen it change, it is still a place that is worthwhile visiting. The open air market in down town Cebu is mainly a market for filipino's and you probably will not see many tourists there. You can buy a lot of stuff there varying from food such as fresh fruit and tools such as bolo's. prices are low compared to the supermarkets but you can be sure there is a white surcharge the moment you are spotted.
Your hotel will probably tell you not to go there, because it is dangerous and various reviews here will say the same. Yet, I never had problems there, but......just some tips: Do not wear jewelry, leave your watch at home/hotel, do not bring a lot of money, if you have an expensive phone, do not flash it around.
As said I have been coming there for 25 years and never had any problems, not even when I walked all the way down to the river which means going into some slums there. It is just one of those places you need to have seen before it may disappear. It is tempting to stay at the outside of the market but be brave and dive in. It is dirty, filthy, but really worthwhile to visit, I mean if you want to visit clean places you could have stayed home and go the the mall there.
Written 19 December 2021
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John S
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Carbon Market is the oldest and largest farmer's market in Cebu City, and worth checking out if you are in Cebu. You will see a lot of outdoor vendors, but make sure and look for the area inside as well. I've found the best prices are often inside. See the video below as an example, where mangoes outside were 90 pesos or more a kilio, but inside as low as 30 pesos a kilo.
Written 9 August 2021
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ybo7000
Zamboanga City, Philippines233 contributions
Feb 2020
the fruits and vegetables are fresh and cheap. its better and cheaper to buy from wholesale vendors tending their products along the street. its wise to check the prices first before buying. prices are usually more than 50% or 100% less than in the supermarket. pineapple and melon cost only 20 per kilo, while in supermarket its 50 to 60 per kilo.
Written 27 February 2020
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Haronalazraq
London, UK53 contributions
Dec 2019
if you like shopping this will be the write place , endless shops both sides , you can find everything there at cheap price . open early morning at 7am and not sure what times closes . it could be dangerous if you not careful enough , i have not gone through any bad experience although i went there almost everyday for 2 weeks . i was told not to take my mobile out of my pocket to take picture , because its not safe . i also keep my hand inside my pocket holding my cash most of the time . its very good if you cook yourself as you can get fresh veg + fish +meet+ chicken. fresh coconut to drink is only 30 pps . if you walk to the church the shops start , streets full of shops most of the prices are fixed but if you shop around you can find same cloth or shows been sold cheaper than others metro mall is very good to get at kitchen or tools stuff .western union is also cheaper to exchange money than cebu city centre . general the best is to take us dollars the commission is almost nothing , brit-pounds is the worst so is the euro , one last thing , its easy to get lost there
Written 8 January 2020
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gracie61
Melbourne5 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Carbon Market not for Tourist very dangerous My friend was mugged during the day, they tried to take her bangle did not succeed then ripped her necklace off 😩😩😩
Written 13 October 2019
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HeyItsNicNic
Brisbane, Australia103 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Not a tourist market by any stretch but a good experience to see how the locals live. The produce seems fresh but we weren’t game to buy any. Be prepared for everyone to stare at you as you walk past. Nothing was stolen but I didn’t feel particular safe, especially with lots of small kids running past us in the narrow laneways.
Written 4 April 2019
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nub n
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
I went there with my aunt and this market is the most dirty market I ever seen. Naked kids playing on the crowded street, mostly selling used clothes,vegetables,fish and fruits We are the only foreigner walking on the street. This market mainly for their local peoples only. After walking a few street with my aunt suddenly someone snatched my necklace from behind and ran away. I shouted and turn around and saw a kid around 12 years old who snatched my necklace. Warning to all tourists, you will be target if you go there, unless you are in a big group. This place is not safe for tourists.
Written 22 June 2018
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Calle K
Hong Kong, China1,777 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
Went here for a long strill with my 3 years old, 6 months old and wife.
We did not feel very safe...but itw as super interesting to see the peoper real local market.
The fruits and vegetables are amazing in colour and smells
Written 28 May 2018
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John T
Cebu City, Philippines1,068 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Sometimes the Real Thing is not pretty, tastefully designed, skilfully presented, or visually awesome... sometimes it does smell, its crowded, its chaotic, its confusing, yet... in this world of fake things, it is real, and will provide you with a total filipino experience. Pretty much the best prices on food you will find in Cebu. Chock full of everything, and the perimeters continue the sale of various goods besides food. This can be a great visit, or a big mistake depending on your own personal outlook. For me, its a rich, vital, and lively environment and provides the chance to see how so many people earn their daily living and take care of what they will put on the table at night.
Written 8 March 2018
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