Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

(3.8/5 based on 380 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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  • Just only nice to stroll through, exploring the offer for colorful impressions of daily life in a Central American city. Everything is on offer: flowers, fruit vegetables, fish, meat, nature medicine, clothes, souvenirs, household goods... and in the middle of the market is sold also ready prepared meals in small snack shops. Worth a visit!
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  • So far Café Central and Marisquería La Ribera are excellent establishments with high quality sourced ingredients. Try the seafood soup with the "viagra" (a separate condiment that enhances the flavor)...  more »
  • I thought it was quite a lost time visit to the market. In all the jobs "crafts" stayed exactly the same and not only that, if that also is missing total hygiene with respect to positions of gastronomy. A fiasco.
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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!