Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, San Jose

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • It is a very compact/dense market centrally located in Downtown San Jose with many vendors selling similar products so don't be afraid to Bargain. Lots of options and certainly cheaper than buying fro...  read more »
  • In my opinion, FIRST YOU look AT THE FACE... TEA TALK, AND IF YOU REPLY IN SPANISH ALREADY WIN SOMETHING... NO TE VAS TO FOOLED... IF YOU ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH OR ANOTHER LANGUAGE... ALREADY LEFT... CHARGE WHAT YOU WANT. .. .estas trinkets of this craft market has 3 prices. One threatening him with a piece of paper under a behind the item to buy. Two, the price that say you it is grooved to the slip since. And three, the price that leave you if buy more than three products. In the end. Poor quality T-shirts expensive prices. They traded the dollar you very low.
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  • It is a small market because it occupies a street. Go to see, ask and buy. As in the majority of markets, negotiate a price to leave satisfied with what you buy. Security, should take care and attention, as little as possible. Compare and enjoy for 30 minutes or less, since is small the place.
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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.
  • Igual que en todas las ciudades turísticas, hay artesanías pero lo que más venden son las típicas camisetas y souvernirs de costa rica que tienen todos los puestos los mismos.
  • Good selection of tourist souvenirs. Good place if you like to haggle.
  • Many options. However, expensive.
  • Here you can get the same memory as anywhere in the country - only potentially cheaper. Is best but if you know beforehand what would have cost elsewhere so his memory so that it can negotiate cheaper 50%. Action should you but can, for a good price, and a clear 'No' have, want you not just dragged along if not satisfied to the nearest fellow State are. And are otherwise still insist, with "hola amigo" addressed to be what a bit annoying every 2 m... traders are basically here but all friendly, so only into, in the crates.
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