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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  • A good choice to buy souvenirs of Costa Rica. At a great price. It's big. There is everything. Food clothes etc...
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  • I found this market to be very dirty compared to others I've been to in Mexico and Brazil. The made of does is always fun to walk through but this did seem to be dirtier than others.  more »
  • When we first got to San Jose we were starving. I'd done some research and this is where we decided to eat lunch – our first real meal in Costa Rica. The Central Market is truly an authentic Costa Ric...  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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