Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose
(3.8/5 based on 320+ 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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  • Imperative of coffee roasted on the spot! Bring a few limes for the ceviche and find the typical gifts for the family.
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  • was walking at the main street and saw alot of people going in and out, so we went in and you can find all kinda stuff in there, worth a visit 
  • I've been to markets all over the world and this one is by far one of the worst. This has nothing to do with the locals or their entrepreneurship as everyone has to do what they have to do to make a l...  more »
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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!