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Central Market (Mercado Central): Tours & Tickets

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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
San Jose, Costa Rica
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I enjoy visiting markets when traveling... it is interesting to see what the locals buy and what they think tourists will want. This market did not disappoint... lots of fresh foods, tourist trinkets and booths selling wares for the homes or business. I was really...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Stacy S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I thought the market was going to be a little more artisan. There were a few stalls with local artsy merchandise. Some stalls had herbs, flowers, local foods, cheeses and meats. Then there were the stalls with all the cheap touristy crap. Non the less,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ItsKimagain
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Jose, in general, doesn't have much to see. The market is nice but doesn't have as much variety as I expected. There are sodas inside where you can eat.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank barbierikab
Reviewed 14 September 2019

The exposure on TripAdvisor may have resulted in inflated prices for meals at this charming market. Almost double the price on basic local options. If you want to experience truly authentic food and prices, head over to the neighboring market on Calle 8..see attached picture....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Pmjworld
Reviewed 7 September 2019

YOu can find bargains and great traditional food in the restaurants (sodas) in the market. The merchants have been there for many years and generations and will give you a fair price.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Marcoc019
Reviewed 4 September 2019

Vast ,crowded but frindly , lots of local varied food stalls to try ' some cheap souvinier shops , lots of clothes and travel equipment shops. all at economical prices and dont accept first price quotation. you can always get at least a 10-20% discountfeeling...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 862aries
Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

Meat, fish, vegetables, souvenirs, buckets, clothes.... In fact pretty much everything is available on one of the many market stalls. A great insight into the lives of Costa Rican people can be enjoyed by stopping off at one of the sodas for a natural juice...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank LesD505
Reviewed 13 August 2019 via mobile

It was late in the afternoon when we decided to go downton San Jose and make the central market our first stop. At 4:30 pm traffic was bad and took is nearly an hour to get there. The zone felt unsafe. We saw many prostitutes...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank anibalfigueroa
Reviewed 5 August 2019

If you want souvenirs this is your place for sure. If you want to have a bite to eat of the local cuisine of Costa Rica -- this is your place for sure. There are lots to see and buy if you are into shopping....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 425lisab425
Reviewed 30 July 2019

I love markets so where ever I go in this world I always make it to the markets in the city...This market was very well equipped with lots to see and eat. Yes add this to your list of things to do while in San...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Jessica F
8 December 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth D | Reviewed this property |
Get uber.
11 June 2018|
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Response from tripandtravel | Reviewed this property |
As I remember, the market is closed on Sunday and there is not much to do as not much is open on Sunday.
6 May 2018|
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Response from bobisfun | Reviewed this property |
Yes lots of souvenirs