Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

3.6
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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  • This historic market is filled with fresh, organic Costa Rican fruit, vegetables, spices, and their legendary coffee grown in volcanic soil. There are many small cafes in the market that specialize in...  more »
  • My son and I visited this marketplace with very narrow shopping and walking lanes with small stores/shops on both sides. You can find souvenirs, daily needs, clothing, hats, dresses. You also find fre...  more »
  • This place is not for those who are claustrophobic. The aisles are narrow and crowded with all kinds of items from souvenirs to clothing to meat. You can even sit and have a meal at one of the many ea...  more »
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  • We went here on a saturday. I was of course very very crowded. Made it very hard to move around. I also thought most of the food places were over priced. Apart from this it seemed like we were seeing the same 4-5 stores cloned over and over again. You got your dry kitchen goods and spices, your souvenir store,meat and veggie stores, restaurant with costa rican dishes ... pretty much it. maybe a couple of other unique stores. I probably wouldn't visit again unless I wanted to buy some meats and fresh veggies perhaps.
  • Because of its location, this is a rather overlooked market. I like it because sometimes they have vegetables and things that you can't find anywhere else. There is a very good seafood market there with good prices. It is almost like a rabbit warren there and can be confusing to find your way around. It is also not in the best part of town so hang on to your personal belongings while you are there.
  • Nice place to buy vegetables and fruits, good prices
  • Good topical food and good prices
  • Good for fresh vegetables
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