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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  • Large indoor market in central San Jose where you can buy all kinds of trinkets. Food places are scattered throughout and you can find really good and relatively authentic Costa Rican fare. I was init...  more »
  • I've been before and it is still a noisy, crowded place of people, uncomfortable, oloroso and sometimes dirty corridors. It is not a good idea to eat here because hygiene is debatable. It is dangerous above all for tourists because they can steal the bag, wallets or cameras. Not to visit at night. The truth is that if what you want is an experience of the raw reality that exists in this country can justify the visit. I've been to similar markets in Central America and have to be very careful. The truth if I asked a friend tourist would say to find better else to do.
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  • Lots of vendors.. Some sale the same things.. It you take your time you can find some unique items.. I had some jewelry made. My friend and I went on Sunday it wasn't very crowded be enjoyed our time ...  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!