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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  • This is the place to go to stock up on souveniers to take back home. Prices are only slightly cheaper here than other areas but everything is under one roof. You can bargain for what you want usually....  more »
  • Best place for buying souvenirs in San José. Good prices and variety. The only thing I would improve is the installations: the City of San José should provide better stalls to the people who works her...  more »
  • We were amazed and thrilled when our hotel staff told us about the Mercado Nacional de Artesanias! We had never experienced anything quite like this covered lane of approximately 80 shops and vendors!...  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.