Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

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Filling up an entire city block, Central Market (Mercado Central) has become the largest market in the city--it sees tens of thousands of visitors every day. The circular shape of the market contains more than 200 shops and stalls of butchers, fish merchants, farmers, and more. After over 130 years, the market still offers locally grown and locally made products such as coffee and snakeskin goods. Tourists and locals both use the market; merchants do not pressure customers to buy as much as in similar markets. Arrange to visit Central Market (Mercado Central) and other attractions in San Jose using our San Jose road trip planning tool .
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  • After the freeway walking tours, recommended dining here for lunch was! Quite simple and delicious! I ate the seafood paella! They sell souvenirs, such as in the Mercado, it is better to pass the time!
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  • Very cool blend of real Costa Rican’s buying their items like meat and fruit and neat souvenir shops all blended together with little restaurants all mixed in as well. I found the prices on souvenirs ...  more »
  • a great local attraction where you can eat drink and be happy. lots of fresh fruit, souvenirs local bakers are there as well.  more »
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  • Can't miss this place if you're in San Jose. Very historic. Crazy variety of things to see, eat and buy. Don't miss the ice cream shop that's been there over 100 years. Amazing lunch options. And you can even buy spices or live animals!
  • This is a super cool market! Though many go to buy souvenirs, the best thing to do is grab a really cheap meal. So many small spots to check out!
  • El Mercado Central is a busy, active place. If you're looking for an amazing deal on souvenirs this might not be your place, but for an experience this is excellent. Be sure to keep your valuables close (or better yet, completely out of sight), and be aware of your surroundings. The ability to speak Spanish is not critical, but it is very helpful.
  • IF you're looking for"IT"... You will find "IT" in this fascinating maze of everything!!! You will be lost in wonderment while being swept up in the Tico lifestyle!!! #PuraVida
  • I go to markets like these for the food. An amazing variety from all over Costa Rica. Ok place for souvenirs.

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