Speciality Shops in San Jose

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Gift & Speciality Shops in San Jose

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  • familyfive
    New York City, NY2 contributions
    I went with an organized group, and we learned how to weave in a traditional style from a brilliant woman named Gulietta (spelling?). A memorable experience, and the store had a great variety of crafts from the various indigenous cultures of Costa Rica. It's a nonprofit that sends the money made from sales directly to the artisan, so you are helping to insure their livelihoods.
    Written July 22, 2022
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  • Tiki1068
    Guadalajara13 contributions
    It turns out Chema's Bodega is in the process of moving to a new location, so the place is not operating daily. Call ahead of time if you're planning a visit! Next time I'm back in San Jose, for sure I will do the workshop. Thanks for the cold beer, Chema!
    Written October 16, 2015
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  • Blair I
    20 contributions
    This store was so cute! I snagged some Christmas cards here. You can get some really cute paper goods- like cards and posters. Reminds me of a local style “Paper Source”
    Written December 9, 2018
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  • Karen S
    Fullerton, CA2 contributions
    This locally-owned shop offers artisanal production of shoes, purses, bags, and belts made of recycled leather. The owner is friendly, environmentally conscious, and will make on-the-spot, custom adjustments. Prices are very reasonable and the quality of her work is exceptional.
    Written September 21, 2016
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  • hugheserm
    San Jose, Costa Rica7 contributions
    Friendly staff. Great selection. Worked with me to make sure I got exactly what I wanted and then made adjustments and delivered my 2 rings to my hotel the same afternoon. Will surely make more purchases in the future.
    Written October 17, 2018
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  • Chad M
    Springdale, AR10 contributions
    Loved this place. We bought multiple items. Such a nice shop. All the goods are made in Costa Rica. Unique finds from clothing to journals to mugs to baby clothes to toys to jewelry. Very nice store host. She did speak English as well. Felt like we bought quality merchandise. Highly recommend this place if you are downtown. Good restaurant just down the street La Criollita. You can reference my review there too.
    Written March 17, 2019
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  • Eli
    Heredia, Costa Rica88 contributions
    yes this is a spanish speaking country, but there are a lot of english speakers here and it would seriously help if the bookstore would bring in more books in english. and most of the books, even in the spanish section, are too run of the mill. and the english section is worse. they do have some good books though.
    Written May 18, 2012
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  • oran g
    Curridabat, Costa Rica3 contributions
    big variety of articles , something for everyone! beautiful hand made art, all imported from the Holy Land!
    Written April 24, 2017
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  • Grace H
    3 contributions
    Went to Mercado Central to do some shopping. While the 1st store we stopped by had the things we were looking for but the ladies there were not too friendly. So we decided to go to another store which had the same things we were looking to buy at the 1st store. Price was a lot different for the exact same thing, and if you pay cash, you get an additional discount. Me on the other hand, didn't have enough cash on me, so I had to pay with my credit card, but I was still happy with the stuff I got at the price I paid...not to mention the owner speaks English and is very friendly.
    Written September 3, 2017
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  • CPhillips
    Barrie, Canada1,068 contributions
    Charming cafe with good variety of pastries and daily specials. I love their chai latte made with almond milk. The attached boutique has a high quality selection of leather goods and other crafts from local artisans. Relaxing place to grab a snack.
    Written February 9, 2019
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  • Alexandra Forero
    Heredia, Costa Rica1 contribution
    It’s a lovely place to buy hemp based products, love the hats and the Tshirts!! It’s the first store that I had found legal CBD made in CR!!
    And at the end i set down to work and eat the best avocado toast and chai latte!!
    Highly recommended 🤍
    Written November 12, 2021
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  • hcarazo
    San Jose, Costa Rica67 contributions
    I had a great time looking at many choices of one of a kind souvenirs to take back from Costa Rica, so if you want to take a very special souvenir for yourself or as a memorable gift for a loved one or to get brownie points with the boss, this is a good place to find it!
    Written August 6, 2018
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  • Bark Meow
    New York City, NY8 contributions
    Aside from coffee, the range of high quality items made in Costa Rica is sadly limited. That’s why this shop is a stand-out. A friend and I, both New Yorkers, spent considerable time trolling San Jose’s streets in search of interesting gifts over the course of two separate trips. Each time, we ended up coming back to Pura Vida Souvenirs for our final choice of items to load into our suitcases.

    They’ve got the tchotchkes, yes, but also a great selection of things we didn’t see anywhere else: colorfully hand-painted wood crafts, fabric unisex purses, framed pictures of native birds, well-made embroidered clothing, and much more. They shop is not huge, but the selection is tastefully winnowed down to items that will not exacerbate a condition I call “tacky goods eye fatigue.”

    My favorite part of the shop is in the rear with a nice selection of goods from Guatemala and other Central or Latin American countries. My friend and I loaded up on embroidered Guatemalan bags from that section. My most appreciated gift from Pura Vida Souvenirs though was a lovely hand-painted coffee stand (definitely made in Costa Rica!) and a matching tray.

    Both times I visited this shop, I dealt with the owner’s son, a charming university student studying computer science. Give Pura Vida Souvenirs a try. You could--and probably will--do a lot worse in downtown San Jose. We’ll be going back.
    Written May 12, 2019
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