Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

3.8
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. Arrange to visit Central Market (Mercado Central) and other attractions in San Jose using our San Jose road trip planning tool.
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Central Market (Mercado Central) Reviews

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  • This was one of the stops during a guided tour of the city. We walked through the market, sampled some ice cream, and bought some souvenirs. I've been to many different types of markets in other.....  more »
  • We were fortunate to have a personal guide, an old friend and high school mate of mine to spend an afternoon showing us the market. Junk, food, souvenirs, breads, fish, meats, about anything you...  more »
  • We have been in Costa Rica now for a week, today was out last day. Decided to go to San Jose and tour the Mercado area. Came out of the Cathedral, we’re we’re quickly accosted by beggars. Then...  more »
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  • One of those don't miss places. Crowded, colorful, fun spot. Eat lunch like a local at a small sit down restaurant but make sure it specializes in seafood.
  • Yes handicapped access. Yes restrooms. Places for food are good and sheap. Customer service good. Among other things you can find vegetables, fruits, traditional clothes, leather products as backpacks and sandals. Plastic products and even products for cooking. I saw one pet store and a couple of watch stores so. If you're around don't miss the chance to pay a visit.
  • Great experience. Lots of sights and sounds of a busy market. Worth checking out.
  • Municipal market for San Jose. Shopping old style. The place to buy flowers, fish, meat and eat Tico style lunch. Live the experience, you will like it. The only thing is bathrooms are not so great.
  • The Central Market has a wide variety of Costa Rican products including coffee for those who want to bring some back to their homes. It has a very nice environment but try not to get lost in there!

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