Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

3.8
Filling up an entire city block, Central Market (Mercado Central) has become the largest market in the city--it sees tens of thousands of visitors every day. The circular shape of the market contains more than 200 shops and stalls of butchers, fish merchants, farmers, and more. After over 130 years, the market still offers locally grown and locally made products such as coffee and snakeskin goods. Tourists and locals both use the market; merchants do not pressure customers to buy as much as in similar markets. Arrange to visit Central Market (Mercado Central) and other attractions in San Jose using our San Jose road trip planning tool .
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  • We have been to different capitals with large indoor markets. This is definitely the worst. Total lack of hygiene and cleanliness. Souvenirs quite expensive for the quality offered. Perhaps only ideal for locals to buy fresh fish and meat. Discouraged.
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  • This central market is in a part of town that is a little sketchy; but the market itself was safe. There were some interesting stalls with fresh herbs and foods and such, but I did not feel that it wa...  more »
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  • One of those don't miss places. Crowded, colorful, fun spot. Eat lunch like a local at a small sit down restaurant but make sure it specializes in seafood.
  • Yes handicapped access. Yes restrooms. Places for food are good and sheap. Customer service good. Among other things you can find vegetables, fruits, traditional clothes, leather products as backpacks and sandals. Plastic products and even products for cooking. I saw one pet store and a couple of watch stores so. If you're around don't miss the chance to pay a visit.
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