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The market of Cayenne, a must-see in French Guyana

Discover the market of Cayenne

Visiting Cayenne's bustling market is a great way to discover Guyana and its cultural diversity, as it is an immersion that promises a unique and unforgettable experience.

Locals proudly display an array of fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, and delicious food stands to explore.

You can even witness intriguing performances, with some vendors telling stories, singing or playing traditional music for passersby. A visit to this Southern Caribbean cultural center will certainly make you appreciate the vibrant atmosphere, vibrant music and infectious energy it has to offer.

The different products you can find there

The Cayenne market in Guyana offers a wide variety of products to choose from. There is something for everyone! From locally made souvenirs and traditional foods to colorful fabrics, ocean delicacies and accessories, the Cayenne market is a shopper's paradise. 

The stalls are filled with all the flavors, scents, and colors of the country thanks to the incredible cultural mix of the country. It is an opportunity to discover many local things: yams, sorossi, maripa, parépou, wassaï and smoked chicken, black pudding, Chinese shrimp or chicken soup, or Brazilian specialties. There is something for everyone!

At the Cayenne market you can also discover :

  • exotic fruits (mangoes, awaras, rambutans, guavas, bananas, pineapples, papayas, cytherea plums),

  •   local juices (soursop, avocado, country cherry...), 

  • spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cloves, chili pepper...),

  •   punches (coconut, peanut, comou...)

  • arranged rum: preparation of rum in which various ingredients such as leaves, fruits, seeds, peels or sweets have been macerated.

For those looking for more original items, the market also offers handmade creations such as jewelry, sculptures and handmade musical instruments. If you're looking for an authentic shopping experience while in Guyana, the vibrant and bustling Cayenne market is definitely worth exploring !


How is the market in Guyana organized? 

The Cayenne market is divided into two parts, one outside with lots of small classic stalls and one inside.

The merchants installed outside propose mainly fruits and vegetables such as papaya, mango, pineapple-bottle or yam, dachines, etc..


Inside, a multitude of stalls offer fruits and vegetables grown by the Hmong people in the southeast and west of the country. It is an explosion of colors, scents and fragrances! Inside you will find food stalls, especially Chinese. The stalls are open so you can see how your food is prepared and each stall has tables to eat on the spot. Many visitors come in the morning to have Chinese soup for breakfast.


Useful information

Opening hours

The Cayenne market opens its doors 3 times a week: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, from dawn to early afternoon. You can find advice from merchants brimming with energy.


The market of Cayenne is located at the place du coq at the Rue du Lieutenant Brassé, 97300 Cayenne.

List of markets in Guyana

Market days in Kourou :

  • The Fortuna Ringuet market

From Wednesday to Saturday from 7am to 1pm Location : Quartier bourg 97310, Kourou Phone number : 05 94 22 31 31

  • The fish market

From Monday to Saturday from 8am to 12pm Location : Avenue General de Gaulle, Kourou 97310, Guyane  Phone number : 05 94 22 31 31

  • Market of the place condamine

Every tuesday from 7am to 1pm Location : Quartier Simarouba 97310, Kourou Phone number : 05 94 22 31 31

Days of markets in Saint-Laurent Du Maroni :

  • Fruit and vegetable market

Open on Wednesday and Saturday from 5am to 1:30pm Location: Avenue Félix Eboué 97320, SAINT-LAURENT-DU-MARONI Phone number : 05 94 34 23 98

Market days in Matoury :

  • Municipal market

Open Thursday and Sunday from 6am to 2pm Shopping Center Matoury 97351, Matoury Phone : 05 94 35 60 05


Rent a car in Guyana to visit the markets

Exploring Guyana's bustling markets is a must on your vacation checklist. The exotic goods and unique treats will entice you to delve deeper into the culture, giving you a real sense of what it's like to be in Guyana.

Book your rental car in Guyana today and discover the countless hidden treasures that await you among the colorful stalls and bustling vendors.

Find everything from local produce to handmade crafts; let the delicious food and street music fill your day with an unforgettable experience !

Have you stocked up on ingredients and spices? Set out to discover sport fishing in Guyana and try to catch a fish!

With all your tasty herbs and spices you will be able to enjoy your catch in various ways. Smoked, grilled, traditional fish curry, you decide!

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