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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  • 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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