We came to the market on our very first day in San Jose, for non Spanish speaking visitors, it can be daunting in the beginning. It was interesting to order food and asking about items from street vendors was interesting to say the least, LOL. One important thing, you need to know about is money and how they say their prices. Bring a calculator and the street vendors type in the price... Central Market has a wide variety of shops and attractions from a small grocery store, fast food, clothes, museum, church, etc.
One important thing is that, me and my family felt safe during the day; not sure what I would feel during the night though... There are areas that can be sketchy when the sun goes down... During the day, there are tons of police officers on foot, so that was a good thing in my opinion.
Kind of odd though, there was no (real) souvenir shop? We saw maybe one or two, but that was it! For souvenir coffee, buy it at the small grocery store, don't buy the coffee from souvenir shops at the tours, the prices can double or triple!
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