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Central Market (Mercado Central)

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“locals shop”(7 reviews)
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2223 2515
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a huge market with many vendors selling the same stuff. Was hoping to see local artisan goods but didnt find any. Mostly commercial products. Smell was pretty bad as they have raw chicken and other meat vendors in there also. Not worth the...More

Thank Mpls_Susan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have been to markets in other parts of the world, this one is nothing special. Vendors will try to get your attention and may follow you around for a little bit with their menus/wares. There is, however, a wonderful ice cream shop here...More

Thank Steph C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be careful and keep your eyes open, as we were entering a Uber a thief a grab a neckless and took off!! He only got half of it, but he was gone a second!!!

1  Thank rob h
Reviewed 23 August 2018

This is where to go to actually experience local culture. There is anything you could imagine for sale. We ate at the soda in the center (Cristal) and it was delicious! 2,200 colones for a full meal and it was the best thing I ate...More

Thank LibraSunflower
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Restaurants, shops, and souvenirs, you didn’t know you needed, but you can find them here. A must do San Jose experience. I was surprised at the variety of things available, fun to see everything! It’s a lot of little shops all under one roof, lots...More

Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Ventured along the main pedestrianised street from The National Theatre to find the Central Market. Worth the effort as it gives you a real flavour of this wonderful country. Great ‘street’ food cafes within worth trying.

Thank Paul P
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

This market sprawls across several buildings/blocks with areas themed as in many places; beyond the places tourists go you can find second hand guitars, electrical goods, saddles for horses and pretty much anything you need in life! In the main central area the most interesting...More

1  Thank Ruth K
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

I found this market to be very dirty compared to others I've been to in Mexico and Brazil. The made of does is always fun to walk through but this did seem to be dirtier than others.

3  Thank bbarrs
Reviewed 28 June 2018

When we first got to San Jose we were starving. I'd done some research and this is where we decided to eat lunch – our first real meal in Costa Rica. The Central Market is truly an authentic Costa Rican market. It sells everything from...More

1  Thank Erin L
Reviewed 23 June 2018

On family vacation and we had an interest in seeing CR's San Jose Mercado to see how it compared to others during our travels in and out of the US. Nothing special. Had only a couple of places to purchase souvenirs or CR type merchandize....More

1  Thank 896emiliom
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10 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
6 April 2018|
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Response from Sandy D | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t go directly from the airport but I’m guessing about 15-20 min taxi ride. Take the RED taxis in San Jose and agree on an amount before you get in the cab. We did this and always got a good deal. Met others who... More
6 April 2018|
Response from Sofija I | Reviewed this property |
Not far, but traffic is crazy lol. Maybe 45 min.
Ramesh K
17 December 2017|
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Response from DragonLady90292 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the stalls are open