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. 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.
Avoid the market on weekends as it is overrun with crowds.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
Shop Type:: Flea market