Central Market (Mercado Central)

Central Market (Mercado Central)

Central Market (Mercado Central)
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
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Katie P
Dallas, GA176 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This market place is great for cultural exposure in CR. Parking is unavailable on the streets. The streets are very crowded. There are several shops/stands available with fresh produce/food. If you’re sensitive to smells- not a place to visit. If the smell of the raw meat didn’t make you queasy, the dodging of trash on the streets will.
Written September 26, 2022
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Ish B
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
This is not a market place located under one street . It’s a maze in highly congested streets with small shop where English is spoken very little. Yours cost you a hefty price and you cannot take your rental car as parking is impossible. Take an Uber there and back is the best way . Prices are far from cheap .
Written September 23, 2022
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Steve S
Frisco, TX8 contributions
May 2022
The Central Market (Mercado Central) in San Jose needs to be explored to be enjoyed. The narrow corridors, the variety of vendors and the quaint setting combine to peek the senses. You'll find great bargains by themselves, but you can negotiate a little with sellers too. This is a nice stop that's all covered under one roof. A nice break from the museums, churches and other historic landmarks.
Written September 22, 2022
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ebony195
New York City, NY37 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
The central market is a lively, bustling market . You can find everything there, fish, meat, local foods, restaurants, souvenir shops. Lots of locals shop there and it was interesting to watch them go about their day. The aisles are small, it's maze like, crowded and exactly how I pictured a south American market. The locals eat there, so I know the food was good. I had local ice cream la sorbetera de Lolo mora which was very good, try it if you go there. I also found a nice coffee store where I was able to buy fresh peaberry coffee for gifts.
A must see for local culture.
Written September 18, 2022
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CiscoTax
Lexington, SC15 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We visited 5 towns in CR and this market was a favorite. We actually returned 3 weeks later to visit again. The only downside is there is not posted hours online or around building.
Written August 10, 2022
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AnnaHZ
Aurora, CO40 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We didn’t find anything special there - any regular market in Mexico gives better experience I think. The goods were not nicely exposed.
Written August 3, 2022
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Emily T
Chicago, IL32 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We only had a few hours in San Jose, and the Mercado Central was the highlight. It was a pleasant and interesting mix of locals getting lunch or doing their shopping, and tourists like us soaking up the various food options, fresh meat, cheeses, spices being sold, and of course the numerous souvenir shops. Definitely plan to spend an hour here to eat and wander through the skinny aisles. Make a stop at El Sorbetero de Lolo Mora, to get the traditional ice cream. Counter seats allow a break from walking around and the ice cream is delicious!
Written June 29, 2022
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drumprofessor
Starkville, MS9 contributions
Jun 2022
Taking up an entire city block is San Jose's historical central marketplace which consists of all sorts of small businesses from souvenir stalls, a number of restaurants, fruit and spice sellers, et cetera. The market is partly touristy but certainly included many more locals than out-of-towners. We felt completely safe, good typical food was cheap (less than $8 for two full meals), and it was a very great way to spend an hour or two during our visit in June 2022.
Written June 15, 2022
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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY1,010 contributions
May 2022
A wonderful experience to see, taste, smell and touch the many foods, crafts and wares the many vendors have to offer. Whether sunny or rainy this market provides an hour or two of the local culture scene. You can learn a thing or two from the many local merchants of what Costa Ricans use in their daily lives.
Written June 6, 2022
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Terry T
Nashville, TN408 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Loved this place! Very unique market with a large variety of stores and food. Fresh meat, seafood, bread and vegetables along with tons of awesome affordable restaurants makes this place a must see! Definitely a very cool market!
Written May 19, 2022
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