Woman holding little girl in pool

Handmade items at market

Shop Local at the Comité Artisanal Haitien

08/01/2016

The most exciting part of any vacation is when you get the chance to meet the locals outside of tourist zones and get the inside scoop on less-visited locales. When it comes to shopping, escaping the cheap tourist souvenirs is a tall order, unless you go to the Comité Artisanal Haitïen near The Plaza Hotel.

The Comité Artisanal Haitïen (CAH for short) was founded in 1973 as a way to encourage local economic development in an otherwise stifled economic climate. Since then, the CAH has gained international recognition for its showcase of local artisans selling unique crafts of all sorts. The crafts you can expect to find range from metal drum art and stone carvings to papier-mâché and baskets. Due to the unique nature of the market, hours are limited, so make sure to plan your day accordingly so you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and the CAH is less than a ten-minute drive from the Plaza Hotel.

Once you have had a full day of shopping and meeting/buying from local artisans, make sure to take a dip in the Plaza Hotel Pool or have a bite to eat at La Terrassa and sample classic Haitian dishes.


Address: 29 Rue 3 Pacot Port-au-Prince

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  • “Great Haitian atmosphere”

    We really enjoyed this property. The staff was very friendly and even went out of their way to accommodate us, by letting us check in early after flying all night. The atmosphere was very laid back just as most Haitians are.

    – Gregory C

  • “Highly Recommended”

    A very pleasant atmosphere and helpful staff greeted me upon arrival. Vladimir, who quickly handled my special requests, was especially helpful. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend this hotel for all travelers, whether on business or vacation.

    – Matthew W

  • “PG from Florida”

    I really enjoyed the family atmosphere at Leplaza hotel . Every single staff was very nice courteous, helpful , professional from the security guards to the receptionists , the staffs at the bar and restaurant . I had the greatest times of my life because everyone make feels at home especially at the reception and the bar- restaurant . I strongly recommend Leplaza Hotel . My rooms were nicely cleaned daily . I want to go back soon because they made me feel special . I want to thank all the staff about their warm welcome .

    – PPGedeon

  • “Oasis”

    Located off the central town square it has good security and is the obvious expat place to stay. Nice garden breakfast area near a well received pool. Tranquil after the huddle and bustle outside. Rooms are clean, beds are very comfortable and the hot showers a blessing.

    – Harlequin_dreaming

  • “Great Stay”

    Great experience. All the staff was very helpful and the rooms were very clean. Vladimir and James were very supportive and helpful as well. The front desk and restaurant was high class. We will definitely be back.

    – Tyler S