Mate Tasting and Flea Market

Montevideo, Uruguay

Experience hosted by María

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Montevideo is famous for its many street markets. Every Sunday, in the district of Cordón, the Tristán Narvaja Street Market takes place and it is one of the most typical outings in the city. You can't imagine what you can find there! There are lots of decorative furniture, vintage watches, coins, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, prints, maps, jewellery and much more!
We will start our tour with an exclusive mate tasting at a cosy restaurant were I will explain you how you prepare it. Mate will be paired with some bizcochos (Uruguayan croissants). This typical Uruguayan drink which is made by infusing “yerba mate” (dehydrated and shredded leaves of the Illex Paraguyensis shrub) and it is one of the most emblematic and common traditions of Uruguayan society. Anybody who has ever seen Uruguayans outside of the country will have noticed that they were not without their thermos and mate, inseparable companions no matter the time of year. After we will walk around Tristan Narvaja and I will take you to the best stores there and If you have any special interest like vinyls, antiquities, vintage clothing or a special book, we will try to find that special treasures.
Other things to note
The tour will be cancelled in case of rain. In this case we will refund you the cost of the tour.
Montevideo is famous for its many street markets. Every Sunday, in the district of Cordón, the Tristán Narvaja Street Market takes place and it is one of the most typical outings in the city. You can't imagine what you can find there! There are lots of decorative furniture, vintage watches, coins, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, prints, maps, jewellery and much more!
We will start our tour with an exclusive mate tasting…

What's included

  • Food
    Bizcochos
  • Drinks
    Mate

Meet your Host, María

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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My name is Maria, I am a native "Montevideana" and I am in love with my city.
I will be more than happy to show you arround and answer all your questions about this South American pearl.
Having worked more than 7 years in an incoming tourism agency , selling and organizing travel itineraries throughout South America to European and U.S. American clients, I have reached the conclusion that I want to go an alternative path and offer more "authentic" and less "touristy" experiences to travelers coming to Uruguay. Getting to know a country is learning about its culture, its customs and of course its important landmarks, but not only the "classic" sights.
I love vintage and I preatty much know every thrift shop in town. I am also a passionate cross stitch embroidered and also the #1 fan of milanesa (greatest uruguayan dish).
My name is Maria, I am a native "Montevideana" and I am in love with my city.
I will be more than happy to show you arround and answer all your questions about this South American pearl.
Having worked more than 7 years in an incoming tourism agency , selling and organizing travel itineraries throughout South America to European and U.S. American clients, I have reached the conclusion that I want to go an alternative path and offer more "authentic" and less "touristy" experiences to tr…
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Where you'll be

We will start our tour at a cosy local restaurant. There, I will explain you everything you need to know about mate and we will prepare one (if you become a mate fan, you can carry it with you to have some mate sips while we walk arount the flea market. We will walk though most of the market, visiting some antiquarians, vinyl stores, mate shops, best vintage clothing places, etc.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Arnell
March 2020
What a fantastic experience! If you love flea markets, and want to know the real deal on drinking mate, this experience is for you! Maria is knowledgeable, speaks great English, knows the market like the back of her hand, and makes sure you have a special experience. I even found some crystal glasses that I had been searching for. I also now understand more of the intricacies of drinking mate. It was a very special day! Maria even helped me deal with a phone tech problem I was having. Barbero!
Sel
February 2020
The experience with María was excellent! She was thoughtful in putting together the mate tasting and very knowledgeable about all things feria and Montevideo. Additionally, she has a lovely and calm personality. Highly recommend!
Rike
February 2020
Die Flohmarkttour hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Was mir besonders gefallen hat, war die Einführung in die Kultur des Mate -Tee-trinkens. Ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Ich habe mehrere Unternehmungen in Montevideo gebucht. Diese Tour mit Maria hat mir am besten gefallen.
Laura
February 2020
Maria’s Mate/Market experience was amazing. A very knowledgeable host, who is equally friendly and willing to share about her culture in a very inviting way. This was one of the best things I did in Montevideo! You see a lot of Uruguayans drinking mate and I loved trying it!! Thanks for a great experience , Maria.
Beth
December 2019
While you can, of course, go to this market on your own. Don't! Let Maria show you around. You will get a much deeper understanding of how it all works and into Uruguayan culture. She will also teach how to properly make and drink Mate, which is a must.
Terina
November 2019
This was such a great experience from start to finish! The mate tasting was the perfect way to start the day. Maria helped me find some really nice things for a good price. These are things I will always remember from my trip!

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.