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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
+506 2223 2515
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If you want to eat like a local, then head to the heart of the Central Market and enjoy the fast paced atmosphere and delicious foods! Good prices and great for people watching!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank ActionAdventure1
Reviewed 3 days ago

As much as I detest shopping in the US, this was about the most fun I had in San Jose! Easy to get lost in this convoluted maze of vegetables, hardware, pets, souvenirs, clothing, you name it. Little stalls with independent vendors, lots of personality....More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank tenismagic
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ducked in here to escape some rain and ended up staying all afternoon. It is an interesting maze and mix of stalls with merchandise ranging from touristy souvenirs to local herbal pharmacy products to restaurant supplies to pet store to sodas (casual quick food)...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BanjosKids
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not impressed with the market itself - hoping to see more fresh fruits and vegetables. But, for sure a must see if you like to walk around the locals.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank C8458OGandrean
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 3 October 2019

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
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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