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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.
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good47%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 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

Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

It's a small market that offers mostly fresh produce. There are a few side sellers that were selling yard sale type of items and also a few vendors selling trolls with a few mixes items.

Thank Christy K
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Best place for shopping and having delicious cuisine; shops have variety local art and handicraft for souvenir, and restaurants that serve excellent cuisine. Do not miss it.

Thank Parvin S
Reviewed 22 January 2017

nice local market to grab some local food. Clean and filled with anything from food to souvenirs and household items.

Thank GlobalCitizenM
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Besides the usual fresh produce, meats and fish, there are also booths with medicinal herbs, small eateries with real local style, and good prices on souvenir items. The area covered is extensive, including some outside carts. Yes, there is the expected aroma in the fresh...More

Thank Sande24
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

An authentic, uncensored must visit in San Jose. I am an avid market goer so I always make sure to go to markets in every country I visit and this place did not let me down. There are plenty of little stores selling souvenirs for...More

2  Thank Alexventures
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Very messy place, which can be fun sometimes. It has both good scents coming from typical spices and really bad odours coming from fish and some dirty corners. It is probably worth a visit, especially since the city San Jose has very little to offer...More

1  Thank ddd647
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I am a frequent visitor to this city and a trip without spending time in the market would be unthinkable for me. This trip we are staying in a studio apartment and while not cooking per se, we buy provisions for making a salad (we...More

1  Thank TheBlum
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Stopped by as it was fairly close to my hotel and quite enjoyed wandering through the stalls - a fairly small market, but interesting nonetheless. Had some great coffee and a seafood rice dish which I quite enjoyed. Found the staff helpful and friendly.

Thank psintrepid
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9 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