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Central Market (Mercado Central)

Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2223 2515
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pet store” (8 reviews)
“flea market” (11 reviews)
“meat and fish” (6 reviews)
Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2223 2515
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

So far Café Central and Marisquería La Ribera are excellent establishments with high quality sourced ingredients. Try the seafood soup with the "viagra" (a separate condiment that enhances the flavor) boiled bananas, white rice is crack addictive.

2  Thank Pedro D
Reviewed 23 February 2017

From shoes to flowers to supplies for tonight's dinner - it's all here. This is a place for the locals and shows it in it's character. A great place to pick up souvenirs or to people watch. Bring you camera!

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Based on some reviews here and comments of other guests in the hotel I was expecting more. This said, I am not a big shopper, so perhaps people looking for some bargains may find more interesting things than me. For sure, you will find some...More

Thank celge
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Unlike the big supermarkets that sell imported goods, here local produce is dominant. Actually the market consists of a number of different blocks. One of these is called Mercado Central 1880, but locals refer to the whole area as mercado. Most tourists visit the central...More

3  Thank Robert937
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

For a real cultural experience, go here. There's all kinds of shopping from the usual souvenirs to groceries and birds! Vendors also sell their wares on the street. It's crowded but cool to experience!

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 9 February 2017

For an informal experience on local culture, give this place a try. . If you are into cooking the wide assortment of seasonings and spices and local fruits and veggies will amaze you.

Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Central Market gives a flair of Costa Rica. You will find handmade items as well as mass produced folkloric items. Ask questions about it origin. Great woodwork and coconut shell fun items. Masks and framed Butterflies to display in your home. We enjoyed walking through...More

Thank Stinalr
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great lunch for about 18USD at Hermanas Tapia Soda. Clean, tasty and very local food. Is a good place to eat if you are into trying local places.

1  Thank flying_red_ant
Reviewed 4 February 2017

There are so many little shops inside the Central Market, that sell everything from fresh meat, poultry and fish, shoes, clothes, hardware, fruit, vegetables, natural herbs, etc. Walkways are narrow and tight. If you don't go with a guide, it would be easy to get...More

Thank joyful1LasVegas
Reviewed 26 January 2017

well worth a visit bustling and crowded cheap eateries. we eat the sakads and drank the water with no ill effect portions of food enourmous

Thank ceritd
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8 March 2017|
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Response from chilis_cr | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Just called the main office. Sunday is closed. Officially Rest of the days is open from 6:30am to 6pm
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27 January 2016|
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Response from Kerri P | Reviewed this property |
Because this is a very popular spot it is easier to take a bus or cab rather than find a spot to park. Make sure to take your time and be prepared to haggle with the dealers to get a better price. Pura Vida!
24 July 2015|
Response from SarongGoddess | Reviewed this property |
According to what I believe is their "official" facebook page - Mercado Central de San José, Costa Rica It says - Monday - Friday - 6:30am-5:45pm. Saturday - 6:30am-6pm LOCATION: San Jose - Avenidas Central & 1 between... More