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Central Market (Mercado Central)

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“great market”(11 reviews)
“locals shop”(7 reviews)
“meat and fish”(6 reviews)
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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All reviews great market locals shop meat and fish local life for sale stalls selling costa rica tamales cultural experience leather goods under one roof casado beans walk around souvenir shopping buy souvenirs sodas
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We recently went to this market, and highly recommend. I had awesome fish soup at a stall called Carmen. The market has everything you could want. Local produce, food, souvenirs etc. It's massive. Wouldn't recommend being downtown at night as the city is not exactly...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank micaron
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have everything here, food souvenirs, clothes...etc. All the food smells so good and if you are looking for souvenirs i would recommend coming here. Everything here was much cheaper than the other tourist cities. I was glad i left most of my shopping for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 800dash
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of shops in this in door market place in the city central. Had a cup of nice Costarican coffee and a yammy choklate cake at the old Coffe Rostary. Fun to look around all the shops with tourist stuff, diffrent types of fruits, fish,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 340vkms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place to go and buy souvenirs. They have a lot of variety. You must walk around and bargain hard. They will come down. Keep checking and you will find deals. We bought lot of gifts and souvenirs got home. Love that place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 29faheemj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would recommend this market for the following reasons: 1. When you enter the main entrance, there is the BEST cafe with the most amazing coffees there. Wide variety, good cakes, good prices, good service. I had this interesting drink with strawberries and coffee and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank mariaclaraho
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Was a little dissapointed in the food experience I found in there but the souvenir options was worth the while!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank natyoder
Reviewed January 10, 2019

We visited the Central Market with an Urban Adventures tour guide. I think you need a guide to put context into your market visit. We were there early in the day and it was a great time to walk through. It is quite large and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ahmatthewsnc
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

I had the best coffee in Costa Rica here at cafe central and best ceviche at Brigitte’s All very well priced and generous serves

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Justinelh
Reviewed January 5, 2019

Filthy, dirty market. Not recommended for night times. Hardly any good restaurants. We walked from our hotel to this place and side street were full of drunk people and homeless on the street.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bella5000
Reviewed December 22, 2018

I feel like some reviewers are being too harsh on this market. If you go in knowing it’s small and has some stands with tourist items, then you will be pleasantly surprised. It has a lot of color and commotion and authentic stalls selling to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jessica F
December 8, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth D | Reviewed this property |
Get uber.
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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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