Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

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Flea Market
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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  • Picturesque and the closest that you can see downtown San Jose to what was expected on the day typical day in Costa Rica. Establishments, food and personal authentically Costa Rican
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  • Soak up the culture and idiosyncrasy tica! A must in Costa Rica in all ways. Cheapest q most of places and if you want souvenirs is best in price q the artisan market
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  • If you want to know a place. The market is a place that you can't miss. You can enjoy the food of the place and get to know the cuisine of Costa Rica
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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!