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“Good idea but poor execution” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde

Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde
Santa Elena, Costa Rica
2645-5190
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Ranked #11 of 14 Attractions in Santa Elena
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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“Good idea but poor execution”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

The art was mediocre, hard for me to say that as an artist but some stuff was mass produced mixed in with some local craft. And really expensive. They have a book of artists profiles but it's incomplete and is not possible to match the art with the artist.

Visited April 2013
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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“Many Local artisans”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This may be the best place to look for art in this area, but it is by no means anything special. There was quite a bit of variety (woodwork, jewelry, linens etc) at decent prices but if you are looking for high-quality art, it's not here. I did a separate review on the very average restaurant that is inside this.

Visited April 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Handmade crafts at excellent prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

If you're looking for nice, handmade crafts, then be sure to visit C.A.S.E.M. There's a nice selection (wish there was more) of very nice (but usually not top-notch) arts and crafts. And they have the best prices that we saw in any Costa Rican shops. Usually, the price tag is between a quarter and half of what you'll see elsewhere. We bought two items and later regretted not buying several more.

Visited December 2012
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“Great food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I did not find anything exceptional in crafts here but the cooking out back was extraordinary! The 45 minute wait for lunch was worth every minute. The fresh corn for the tortilla was ground in front of us and then worked into a tortilla----a treat of a lifetime! The roast chicken was one of the most flavorful I have experienced. Do stop and eat!

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Best Shopping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Wish I'd bought all of our souvenirs here. They had a good selection--better than most other places, and prices were better than elsewhere. Didn't eat here, but we bought coffee at the "Whole Foods" shop just behind it--also much cheaper than elsewhere, and locally produced.

Visited May 2012
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