Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, San Jose

3.6
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 into our San Jose day trip website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Some, not all, of the vendors were super friendly at first than as soon as you said no thanks were kind of rude. Good place to go for cheap souvenirs. Not much other than that.  more »
  • In this market, like any other, you will find typical souvenirs from each country. The infrastructure is not good, because you have installed booths on the street. They accept credit cards but there are big discounts for payment in cash.
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  • If you want to silently walk through and look at things, this is not your place. this is a place where the venders make an effort to get you attention and get you into their stall. If you are not into...  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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