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 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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  • In my personal opinion the handicraft market does not have much variety, additionally stores usually belong to the same owners, and in some cases vary very few products., the prices for my taste are expensive.
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  • We had such a good time shopping here. It was fun checking out the local crafts. It can be a bit overwhelming, but it was definitely worth it. Of course, negotiate! Most of the owners were really nice...  more »
  • The photos are published here, couldn't find the handicrafts market that we visited, but I think that we would be talking about the same thing. The market where we were this in front of a square and descending a staircase, you found with artisans of all, things done in wood very nice, souvenir hats, and others. The wood products are all pretty and cute to take souvenir. It is good to ask the price, and if you buy more than one, ask for a discount. Some are animated, others are not, and to us that we did, we did very well! It is generally nice people who want to sell. And for that are going to look for something in memory, the place is great. If you go out there, visit it!
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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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