Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

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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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  • We were in last April, it seems is the market most ancient area and warmly went to know! There is everything a little, some very expensive things, other not so much. Not much space to move. Area of meals and bars, with really important scents. There is everything a bit.
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  • Girls trips with a friend we went to the central market via a guided tour. But we really enjoyed the experience so much we returned the next day just for another walk around! The ice cream shop is a m...  more »
  • We wandered around the market with the locals. They were shopping and we were looking. We had lunch inside at one of the many choices. Some of us had Casado which is rice, beans, veggie, plantain and ...  more »
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  • Great historlc market right in the middle of downtown San Jose. It is a must visit if you are staying in the city. Make sure you haggle and never accept the first price. Some of the best organic coffee is sold near the southwest exit of the market. Once you get close enough, the smell of fresh roasted coffee will take you the rest of the way. It takes me back to a time when I'd visit the market with my grandmother. It holds great memories. I hope you enjoy your visit.
  • Very large place full of produce and restaurants. The place is very tidy, clean and most safe. It is administered by the Municipality of San Jose. The visitor will find from medicinal herbs to souvenirs and handicrafts. If visiting Costa Rica the Mercado Central is a must to flavor the essence of Costa Rica life.
  • Worth a visit. Just to look. Interesting stuff even tourist stores
  • One can find almost anything there, but it seems easy to lose directions. Great place to roam around, be careful not to have your wallet swollen as usually it can be tight between people..
  • Historic market with a lot of eateries packed with locals. Very delicious food at local price. There are many seafood stalls, coffee sellers and others inside. A very interesting place. Definitely a must visit for tourist.
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