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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
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good46%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pet store” (7 reviews)
“great market” (8 reviews)
Bordered by Avdas. Central and 1 and Cs. 6 and 8 | Barrio La Merced, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This market its working since the XIX century, there was once of the historic places of trade and commerce and today is solid and working. Inside you can find restaurantes called "sodas", seafood, butchers and spicies in a color full place for tourist and local...More

Thank SivCarvajal
Reviewed 20 December 2016

A bustling place to visit, the Mercado Central is full of buyers and sellers. It's focus is very much for locals, with few show cases of local art and souvenirs. Worth a visit if you're in the city.

1  Thank Fadamos
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I loved coming here :) ate breakfast at a breakfast spot, I cannot spell the name but ask for the favorite place and you will be guided there... Talla? (forgive me!) There are the ladies cooking in the kitchen and the dining room is on...More

1  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 9 December 2016

was walking at the main street and saw alot of people going in and out, so we went in and you can find all kinda stuff in there, worth a visit

1  Thank Nuk L
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I've been to markets all over the world and this one is by far one of the worst. This has nothing to do with the locals or their entrepreneurship as everyone has to do what they have to do to make a living, but I...More

3  Thank romadaro
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

this is the real life of the locals, a city block of hundreds of vendors, all crammed into the tightest of spaces. many fish markets and diners, amongst crafts, herbs, food, clothes, etc. the smells and narrow passageways were unpleasant to me, but this is...More

3  Thank commcomm2
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Large indoor market in central San Jose where you can buy all kinds of trinkets. Food places are scattered throughout and you can find really good and relatively authentic Costa Rican fare. I was initially drawn to visiting because I enjoy these kinds of markets,...More

4  Thank BachmanSF
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of vendors.. Some sale the same things.. It you take your time you can find some unique items.. I had some jewelry made. My friend and I went on Sunday it wasn't very crowded be enjoyed our time there are other stores nearby to...More

Thank Cortesa C
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Very impressed with so many fruits that I have not eaten in so many years since I was a child. Casa Laurin owner had to do some errands in San Jose and invited me and another guest to go with her so we could see...More

Thank Carmen L
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a cool maze of the best foods, meats, cheese, vegetables, and merchandise (both new and traditional) – try no to get lost! Our tour guide said always look for the Jesus statue apparently he points the way to the exit – lol. This...More

3  Thank Gwendolyn G
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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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26 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