I have been here many times over a 10 year period. This was once a great stop for purchasing bowls, masks and pottery but has changed significantly over the years. Definitely would not consider it a #2 rating on my shopping list! Now more of a farmers market / flea market with lots of food items, produce, meat, flowers, some cafes and a few stores with small tourist trinkets. As other reviewers have indicated, the people are friendly and a good place for people watching and getting a feel for local life. My last 2 visits to the Central Market have been for the purpose of purchasing an inexpensive duffle bag for packing items to take home. Great prices on large duffle bags $10-$15. For items like pottery, art, exotic wood crafts and textiles I now go to the Artists Market which is located several blocks down Central Avenue, past the bus stop and next to the National Museum. There is a huge selection of items focused on arts and crafts at the Mercado Artesanias and good prices.
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