Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, San Jose

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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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  • As local residents we routinely have friends visit that want to buy souvenirs or we decide we want to take momentos to friends back in the US. We have bought souvenirs at many places in Costa Rica and...  more »
  • It is a place very downtown where you can buy Costa Rican handicrafts at a great price. There are articles in leather, wood, textile, others
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  • Went with a brazilian friend that was visiting Costa Rica. She found plenty of souvenirs for her and her family. Price was very good compared against other shops, the fact they took credit card was al...  more »
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  • If you are going to buy a souvenir from this area, this is the place to do it at. There are numerous shops here and many of them sell the same or similar items so it is worthwhile to visit several and do some bartering. All in all you will save a considerable amount of money verses picking up these same items at other shops, hotels, or the airport. My favorite item that several of the shops carry is the iron wood statues that have sea creatures carved into a pillar of iron wood.
  • Good selection of tourist souvenirs. Good place if you like to haggle.
  • Many options. However, expensive.
  • If you are looking for better prices for souvenirs, this is the place to find it.
  • Excellent option to buy souvenirs of your trip to Costa Rica. Variety of products and very good service. It is much more economical to buy in the shops of handicrafts from the airport
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