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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  • Typical markets love us and I have to say that it is the only one who has been nasty and dirty. It would not pose me eat anything here. People's posts quite antipatica. Nothing rrcomendable
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  • Only had a few early morning hours in San Jose and was so glad that we chose to spend them in the market. Not all the stall are open early but got a good feel of the culture and people from the stall ...  more »
  • I think to get the best from the market it is best taken as part of a walking tour. Our guide took us to various stands. First there was the explanation of the symbol outside above the market entrance...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great place to get a delicious, inexpensive local meal ... many individual diner type places to choose from, all crowded with locals eating there.
  • Very crowded, blackboard menus are only in Spanish, for those of us it was difficult to know what to order. Vendors are nice who want the businesses. But we later found "Caniceria El Registro" was much better: dishes in photos marked w/ price; different venders all under same rows to view, you can pick or choose. Plus a good fruits n vegetable market in display...Just several blocks down the street.
  • 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.
  • great place to eat cheaply..is not worse or the best market in San Jose....once time visit.

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