Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

(3.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Central Market (Mercado Central) at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Jose vacation planner.
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  • I am a frequent visitor to this city and a trip without spending time in the market would be unthinkable for me. This trip we are staying in a studio apartment and while not cooking per se, we buy pro...  more »
  • not has nothing special in the market, the truth is that I do not understand by that sale as recommendation on this page. Finally, do not lose your time there is nothing to do.
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  • Go to the Central market is a forced walk. You can find varied shops as souvenirs, t-shirts and sodas. But also you can find fish, animals, dishes, spices, among other things. It is very picturesque.
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  • One of the place you should definitly visit in San Jose, it's full of things, souvenirs, food, everything is nice and also cheap ! It looks and feels like the soukh in Marroco but in a quiet version !
  • Authentic old school seafood if you grew up here you still enjoy that infamous "Sopa de mariscos con guineo acompañado de ketchup y mayonesa con un poco de chile también y nos fuimos".
  • Its good for food. Buy your souvenirs at Mercado Nacional de Artesania next to the Jade Museum.
  • Great place to get your coffee to travel back home with look for the Peabody coffee. Cafe Moka is my favorite place to buy Peabody, Poas or tarrazu
  • Picturesque place par excellence! You will find the authentic costarican experience concentrated and combined over there....flavors, spices, chat, fresh produce, plants, sounds, dresses, typical food served and much more... If you are excited of living the real "tico" hawking and bargaining in Costa Rica, this place is a not to lose!