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Mercado Central, San Jose

Between Avenida Central and Avenida 1, Calles 6 and 8
San José, Costa Rica
TEL: No phone

A buzzing hive of commercial activity, this covered market is as much of a full-immersion experience as a shopping destination. The front areas, packed with souvenir T-shirts and plastic schlock, aren’t worth your time; instead, make your way back into the labyrinthine recesses to find local tropical fruits, exotic flowers, rich coffees, fresh juices, handmade leather goods, and a general sense that you are, in fact, in Central America, which is not always apparent in the glitzier beach destinations.

Insider Tip:

Avoid the market on weekends as it is overrun with crowds.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation

Shop Type:: Flea market

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