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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  • Another place to pick of a couple of souvenirs. Most are similar or the same. Some are more authentic than others and some are better priced than others. There isn't much bargaining going on. We bough...  more »
  • I have compared this place to others offering souvenirs and the prices are not so different. If you are in San Jose you can spend to buy some other souvenir. At the same time is the Museum of Jade and the democracy square (with the National Museum) which has 3 places to visit in 100 meters. The market has several shops, ask prices and compare. It may be that the business that is below provide it best price. Ask for discounts, can haggle. Traders of that place are used, that Yes, if you ask for a very low price, may say you: Goodbye thank you. Do not overdo it asking for a very low price, since it may be without the article you want.
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  • It is a place although it is rather small, you can find an endless number of things that you can take souvenir. You can take different things at good prices and they improve the prices so you take more. Question in all locations and evaluates prices, that while sound economic, you can find even more in the next room; so I recommend you that once you give the full turn, you decide that local buy. In addition, stop and check in that currency should pay more, given that the local offer in Costa Rican Colones or American dollars, but there are times that the currency exchange not favourable to you and you will get more expensive, so I recommend you take very well your accounts to the hor a buy.
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  • and small market but it has everything I will only recommend to pay with colones if you pay with dollars you'll end up paying more
  • Beautiful pieces of Costa Rican art available at reasonable prices. I recommend tourists to check it out.
  • Nice avenue of tourist tart. Colourful but nothing tempted me. Vendors were friendly and not pushy.
  • The best place we found in San Jose to buy arts and crafts. We are only there one day however.
  • 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.

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