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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  • If you want souvenirs, then visit here. Better than stuff in stores. We picked up coffee, chocolate, and a few other things to take home.  more »
  • I think that Costa Rica is in General very expensive for tourists, since they have prices for tourists and prices for national.
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  • I ended up buying a few items. I found that some items were more expensive than you would find them elsewhere, some weren't but, due to the competition in the market itself, they were willing to barga...  more »
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  • Fun place as a tourist. Plan on spending a couple hours. Suggested to taxi or Uber. If you Uber, 1 rider must ride in front seat. Safe place during day. Take bottled water. No convenient spot to buy.
  • Mix of vendors selling handmade crafts and mass-produced tourist gifts. Worth a walk through to see what you might find. The vendor in the back selling handmade hammocks is great and will help you select one of the type and colour you like most.
  • Great place to check out. Would have loved to have spent the day wondering around the market and the area but we were parked illegally. We couldn't find a parking lot so not sure I would recommend driving. We bought these leather birds
  • Great place to souvenir shop for anything COSTA RICAN, INCREDIBLE PRICES , most could speak English and even had change for AMERICAN $!! Highly recommend! Good experience, clean, well organized and vendors were not shady or high pressure! DEFINITLY go check it out!!
  • Nice market, with nice tourist souvenirs, that are definitely not handcrafted. The offer is not various and prices are not so low.
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