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Central Market (Mercado Central)

Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good46%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Stopped by as it was fairly close to my hotel and quite enjoyed wandering through the stalls - a fairly small market, but interesting nonetheless. Had some great coffee and a seafood rice dish which I quite enjoyed. Found the staff helpful and friendly.

Thank psintrepid
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Great old fashion market with a charm. We had lunch at a local soda in the market and had the most beautiful seafood soup surrounded by locals and much cheaper than other places in the country. Little shops old style but great to visit.

Thank byakuryu
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a traditional market working since 1880. Is a big place, with entrance in the 4 corners of the block. You can find butchers, fishmongers, groceries, flowers, and tiny stores all around. Is an interesting place to see. You can buy souvernirs. No entrance...More

2  Thank chilis_cr
Reviewed 1 January 2017

A great way to gauge the food and shopping of San Jose, lots of fresh meat and fish shops, local vegetable and fruit stalls and bustling with locals shopping for fresh produce. There's a lot of popular little eating joints in the market and definitely...More

1  Thank Karen D
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Area was much like Times Square. Lots of fast-paced selling, dark and dank bars. Dirty city feel... Don't wander outside of selling area or clutch your purse. Police around but they look to be 12 years old and not well informed about locations and surroundings....More

1  Thank Beverley W
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We visited this market while walking around in downtown San Jose, although much of downtown San Jose feels like a big market because people have their stalls everywhere on the streets. The market was ok but nothing too special. It has a lot of souvenirs...More

Thank Jolie J
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This market its working since the XIX century, there was once of the historic places of trade and commerce and today is solid and working. Inside you can find restaurantes called "sodas", seafood, butchers and spicies in a color full place for tourist and local...More

Thank SivCarvajal
Reviewed 20 December 2016

A bustling place to visit, the Mercado Central is full of buyers and sellers. It's focus is very much for locals, with few show cases of local art and souvenirs. Worth a visit if you're in the city.

1  Thank Fadamos
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I loved coming here :) ate breakfast at a breakfast spot, I cannot spell the name but ask for the favorite place and you will be guided there... Talla? (forgive me!) There are the ladies cooking in the kitchen and the dining room is on...More

1  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 9 December 2016

was walking at the main street and saw alot of people going in and out, so we went in and you can find all kinda stuff in there, worth a visit

1  Thank Nuk L
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Response from chilis_cr | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Just called the main office. Sunday is closed. Officially Rest of the days is open from 6:30am to 6pm
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26 January 2016|
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Response from Kerri P | Reviewed this property |
Because this is a very popular spot it is easier to take a bus or cab rather than find a spot to park. Make sure to take your time and be prepared to haggle with the dealers to get a better price. Pura Vida!
24 July 2015|
Response from SarongGoddess | Reviewed this property |
According to what I believe is their "official" facebook page - Mercado Central de San José, Costa Rica It says - Monday - Friday - 6:30am-5:45pm. Saturday - 6:30am-6pm LOCATION: San Jose - Avenidas Central & 1 between... More