Central Market (Mercado Central)

Central Market (Mercado Central)

Central Market (Mercado Central)
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This collection of stalls and restaurants contains the country's first ice cream vendor.
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN2,142 contributions
Apr. 2022
This is an authentic experience. Indoor bustling market in the center of downtown San Jose with vendors selling all sorts of items including fruits and vegetables, flowers, clothing and electronics. This place is filled with locals and tourists like me are few, but I felt comfortable here. There are several places with a counter and seats to grab some food so make sure you take advantage of trying some local fare while here.
Written January 9, 2023
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,540 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Couples
Large down and dirty market that sells everything. Lots of little eateries here and there, really where the locals go. Very authentic experience to just wander around. I enjoyed it, no one was pushy and not too crowded
Written January 7, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,801 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Solo
Getting hungry while visiting tourist attractions near by , I decided to stop here and look around. They sell lots of stuffs here such as fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, etc. It has small Eateries , Ice Cream Shop ( represented to be the oldest in SJ), etc.

I stopped at one of the Eateries here and ordered their Fish Combination Platter. Seating areas are separated by thick, clear plastic. Foods were delicious and service was fast. Credit cards are accepted at this Eatery.

After lunch, I walked around this market and noted it to be clean and organized. Highly recommended to visit.
Written November 30, 2022
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Katie P
Dallas, GA177 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
This market place is great for cultural exposure in CR. Parking is unavailable on the streets. The streets are very crowded. There are several shops/stands available with fresh produce/food. If you’re sensitive to smells- not a place to visit. If the smell of the raw meat didn’t make you queasy, the dodging of trash on the streets will.
Written September 26, 2022
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Ish B
1 contribution
Sep. 2022 • Couples
This is not a market place located under one street . It’s a maze in highly congested streets with small shop where English is spoken very little. Yours cost you a hefty price and you cannot take your rental car as parking is impossible. Take an Uber there and back is the best way . Prices are far from cheap .
Written September 23, 2022
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Steve S
Frisco, TX8 contributions
May 2022
The Central Market (Mercado Central) in San Jose needs to be explored to be enjoyed. The narrow corridors, the variety of vendors and the quaint setting combine to peek the senses. You'll find great bargains by themselves, but you can negotiate a little with sellers too. This is a nice stop that's all covered under one roof. A nice break from the museums, churches and other historic landmarks.
Written September 22, 2022
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ebony195
New York City, NY37 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Solo
The central market is a lively, bustling market . You can find everything there, fish, meat, local foods, restaurants, souvenir shops. Lots of locals shop there and it was interesting to watch them go about their day. The aisles are small, it's maze like, crowded and exactly how I pictured a south American market. The locals eat there, so I know the food was good. I had local ice cream la sorbetera de Lolo mora which was very good, try it if you go there. I also found a nice coffee store where I was able to buy fresh peaberry coffee for gifts.
A must see for local culture.
Written September 18, 2022
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CiscoTax
Lexington, SC15 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
We visited 5 towns in CR and this market was a favorite. We actually returned 3 weeks later to visit again. The only downside is there is not posted hours online or around building.
Written August 10, 2022
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AnnaHZ
Aurora, CO40 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Couples
We didn’t find anything special there - any regular market in Mexico gives better experience I think. The goods were not nicely exposed.
Written August 3, 2022
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Emily T
Chicago, IL32 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
We only had a few hours in San Jose, and the Mercado Central was the highlight. It was a pleasant and interesting mix of locals getting lunch or doing their shopping, and tourists like us soaking up the various food options, fresh meat, cheeses, spices being sold, and of course the numerous souvenir shops. Definitely plan to spend an hour here to eat and wander through the skinny aisles. Make a stop at El Sorbetero de Lolo Mora, to get the traditional ice cream. Counter seats allow a break from walking around and the ice cream is delicious!
Written June 29, 2022
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