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Central Market (Mercado Central)

Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2223 2515
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pet store” (8 reviews)
“locals shop” (7 reviews)
“meat and fish” (6 reviews)
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Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
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+506 2223 2515
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"pet store"
in 8 reviews
"locals shop"
in 7 reviews
"meat and fish"
in 6 reviews
"great market"
in 10 reviews
"local life"
in 9 reviews
"poultry"
in 4 reviews
"for sale"
in 11 reviews
"stalls selling"
in 5 reviews
"costa rica"
in 40 reviews
"tamales"
in 6 reviews
"leather goods"
in 4 reviews
"casado"
in 7 reviews
"beans"
in 6 reviews
"walk around"
in 7 reviews
"great coffee"
in 4 reviews
"sodas"
in 32 reviews
"maze"
in 22 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found this market to be very dirty compared to others I've been to in Mexico and Brazil. The made of does is always fun to walk through but this did seem to be dirtier than others.

1  Thank bbarrs
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we first got to San Jose we were starving. I'd done some research and this is where we decided to eat lunch – our first real meal in Costa Rica. The Central Market is truly an authentic Costa Rican market. It sells everything from...More

1  Thank Erin L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On family vacation and we had an interest in seeing CR's San Jose Mercado to see how it compared to others during our travels in and out of the US. Nothing special. Had only a couple of places to purchase souvenirs or CR type merchandize....More

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

If you want to explore part of San Jose on foot this is a good place to start. Depending on how adventurous you are, it is also a good place for a very inexpensive local meal or just a drink. Don't rush through. Sit down...More

Thank Finallyfree
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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

It's all the same stuff, mostly cheap trinkets you don't need. There are some local food counters but you'll probably enjoy the street restaurants more.

Thank Lee K
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

It has little or no 'arts & crafts', not really a Flea market at all. Quite small, a few very narrow passages. Basically, it just sells low-end cheap street food. Dirty & Hot. You'll be there 10 minutes and wish you hadn't bothered.

Thank 749David
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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

We needed to buy some souvenirs so we headed there, there is mostly food places, there is very few shops , not worth the cab ride

Thank pmickey
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Enjoy this as a local would. See it with their eyes. Very friendly people encouraging you to make a purchase, not angry if you don't, they even recommend their neighbors if they don't have what you need! In and of itself it is a positive...More

Thank Marcel F
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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Girls trips with a friend we went to the central market via a guided tour. But we really enjoyed the experience so much we returned the next day just for another walk around! The ice cream shop is a must! We tried Gallo, Ceviche, Tamale,...More

Thank Campusanoo
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

We wandered around the market with the locals. They were shopping and we were looking. We had lunch inside at one of the many choices. Some of us had Casado which is rice, beans, veggie, plantain and a protein like chicken, pork or fish. I...More

Thank Marilyn A
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soups3
June 10, 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.
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jpc6789
May 6, 2018|
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Response from bobisfun | Reviewed this property |
Yes lots of souvenirs
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travelcrazy1976
April 6, 2018|
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Response from Sandy D | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t go directly from the airport but I’m guessing about 15-20 min taxi ride. Take the RED taxis in San Jose and agree on an amount before you get in the cab. We did this and always got a good deal. Met others who... More
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