Shopping in Costa Rica

Dave Lauridsen

The best spots for souvenirs and crafts are mostly concentrated in San José: Mercado Central is a one-stop shop for affordable handmade goods, and th... Read More

The best spots for souvenirs and crafts are mostly concentrated in San José: Mercado Central is a one-stop shop for affordable handmade goods, and the Sunday-morning market Feria Verde satisfies breakfast cravings while also selling produce, jewelry, and clothing beneath makeshift tents. Tourists shouldn’t overlook the indigenous crafts and folk art from Costa Rican tribes, though the country has still not cultivated a particularly high-end scene for serious shoppers staying at the country’s exclusive resorts.

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  • Biesanz Woodworks

    Functional, beautiful objects made from rain-forest woods are created on site at this small store and woodshop run by American craftsman Barry Biesanz.... Read More

  • Mercado Central, San Jose

    A buzzing hive of commercial activity, this covered market is as much of a full-immersion experience as a shopping destination. Come here for everything... Read More

  • Feria Verde de Aranjuez

    On Saturdays, the outdoor recreation complex in Barrio Aranjuez hosts Feria Verde, a mostly organic market attended by small-scale farmers from all over... Read More

  • Sarchí Crafts

    The town of Sarchí is Costa Rica's crafts hub, and some 200 individual shops and studios sell every imaginable ware: painted boxes and trays, jewelry,... Read More

  • Luluberlu

    Find this beloved design store on the Caribbean coast in Puerto Viejo. Luluberlu is hidden on a backstreet, halfway between a gallery and a boutique... Read More

  • Galería Namu

    In the artsy Barrio Amón in downtown San José, this gallery showcases the works of indigenous tribes from all over Central America. There are beautiful... Read More

  • Casa del Soñador

    The most famous attraction in the mountain town of Cachí is Casa del Soñador. Inside this log cabin are countless statuettes, all hand-carved in the old... Read More

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