Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, San Jose

3.7
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Haggle your way through Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, a colorful labyrinth of stalls packed with souvenirs and gifts to take home. Handcrafted jewelry, wood carvings, t-shirts, trinkets, hammocks, and many other items round out the list of goods. Claiming to be the largest collection of artisan crafts in the county and occupying an entire block of the city, the market offers plenty of browsing in the winding corridors of this open-air setting. Many local artists sell their crafts here; talk to the vendors to ensure that what has caught your eye is an authentic product of Costa Rica. Put Mercado Nacional de Artesanias at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Jose travel itinerary maker.
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  • Much like the handicrafts that are sold and of good quality and many variety .me seems a little narrow, but is part of the charm of the place that if very safe and very helpful.
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  • I don't recommend this market to souvenir hunters, whether the last minute or less. I passed several times through the rows of stalls thronging in front of the National Museum and the impression that I learned that of ' authentic ' there is very little impression borne out by the fact that the majority of merchants sell the exact same things. If you are looking for souvenirs best the Mercado Central
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  • If you want run of the mill tourist gifts than come to this market ,some genuine Costa Rican made but predominantly from Equador and elsewhere.Haggling will get you a better price but yo dont get barg...  more »
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  • Nice avenue of tourist tart. Colourful but nothing tempted me. Vendors were friendly and not pushy.
  • This is a fun artisan market. You can find almost anything to fit a variety of tastes. There are all kinds of crafts and beautiful objects. The key is to go through the market before buying anything. It's repetitive and you find that you can get a better bargain if you are patient.
  • This place has everything. It is a good one stop place for souvenirs. Selection is excellent, and lots of artisans outlet here too. Be ready to negotiate prices. Most merchants speak English, so this is a good place for tourists. It is also conveniently located near the National Museum.
  • If you're looking for souvenirs this is the right place to go. Colorful eye-catching fabrics and handmade things everywhere.
  • Excellent choices for all souvenir and gift needs. Shops willing to haggle and authenticate if Costa Rican or not. One artisan took a rink a part and re sized for me daughter on the spot. Both my teenagers, girl and boy enjoyed the experience.

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