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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,730 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
I felt overwhelmed by the loud “noises” coming from the various stores along the way. Though I enjoy the music they play, their constant calling of customers with their loud microphones was quite irritating. Besides, I am on vacation and not on a shopping trip, so no shopping for me here!
Written November 27, 2022
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kythoro
Lexington, SC822 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
Lots of shops, restaurants, vendors, local culture and history. Nice paved walking area with many things to see and do. Was a cool day and not too crowded so it was a very nice experience. Felt like I was in a safe environment and enjoyed mixing with the locals who were very accommodating when I seemed lost. I am 66 but really enjoyed the long walk. Parking was very difficult so we took a cab from hotel.
Written October 30, 2016
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
The Pedestrian Mall in San Jose is part of Avenida Central (from around 6th street to 9 street with lots of stores and restaurants. I love it because it is the nice commercial section of the town and free of motor vehicles. Good place for eating, seeing and buying. At the end of the mall you can visit Central Park, National Theater and Catedral Metro.
Written March 18, 2018
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,527 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Near Central Park and La Merced Church, sections of Avenida Central (Central Avenue) have been converted to a pedestrian mall, vehicular traffic barred. Along this stretch are many churches, parks, restaurants, and other points of interest. It’s an excellent self-guided walking tour and photo op. At one spot, our tour group posed at a “cow” (depicted in the accompanying photo) made of composite material and painted by local artist. This “vaca” will be auctioned to raise funds for various charities. When walking along this pedestrian mall, I found several works of art, including the bronze “Fat Lady” (Gordita), also depicted in an accompanying photo.

Why not enjoy about 20 of the top TripAdvisor rated attractions/sites when walking along this pedestrian mall? It’s free, educational, and exposes travelers to the people and culture of Costa Rica not seen in modern hotels and buildings.
Written April 15, 2016
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Iaimiam
Ventura, CA204 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
If what you’re looking for is to be dropped center in downtown have San Jose this is the place for you. It goes on for blocks and blocks and in different directions it appears that there are five walk streets and all one contains the central market. The streets that I watch did not have many restaurants but tons and tons of shopping for anything that you could imagine The street said I want did not have many restaurants but tons and tons of shopping for anything that you could imagine . The streets were filled with local looking for bargains . I negoiated taxi both ways. Ask them how much they will charge you and just give them cash .
Written June 23, 2018
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DublinWelcomesAll
Dublin, Ireland2,612 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
I like places that have a lively vibe about them. This open arcade has more recognised brands closer to the National Theatre end with local businesses gathered around the Central Market end. For sure go into the Mercado Central - it’s a joy in Itself.
Written January 5, 2018
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laplantes
redmond, WA102 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
There are actually 5 pedestrian only streets in San Jose. They are interlocked together, so you can walk them all. Avenida Central is the most tourist friendly of the streets. What i think is so interesting how different they each feel from each other.

If you have time, walk more than one and get a feel for what life is like here.
Written November 4, 2017
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LeAnn H
Miami, FL117 contributions
May 2019
If you are looking for stores to find a bargain, this is the place, but it is very crowded and not the safest place. Be sure to not wear jewelry any where downtown, and be sure your purses are zipped up and over your shoulder secured, wallets hidden and secured as there are a lot of pick pockets and crime here.

To be honest, downtown San Jose is not worth the trip. Its not very scenic and there is a lot of traffic to deal with.
Written December 4, 2019
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,895 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
There is a huge variety of shop s, street sellers as well as cafes and restaurants in this pedestrianised area. While walking along there is a fantastic opportunity to people watch.
Written April 7, 2018
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Susan P
Alfreton, UK317 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
There was a great variety of shop.It was great that it was pedestrian. good that is was near other maon sights of the city
Written March 26, 2018
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