San José Central Market

San José

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San José Central Market

Among the beautiful outdoor markets in San José, Mercado Central stands out as the biggest and the oldest. Established in 1880, this market is formed by countless narrow alleys with over 200 fresh produce shops, stalls, and cheep restaurants.


Carvings from polished coconut wood, colourful bead bracelets, and handmade ceramics are popular souvenirs that you can bring home from Costa Rica. Jewellery and skilfully crafted woven fabrics that will delight your friends and family can be bought at the various markets in the city centre. Hand-carved wooden figures, colourful hammocks and t-shirts with prints are among the most popular souvenirs from Costa Rica. You can pick them up at one of the many markets in the city centre or look for specialty shops in the area.