What travellers are saying
- 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, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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, 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This beautiful little shop is located in a questionable part of town, but there is nearby parking, and paying the gentleman 2000 colones to watch your car is well worth the money.
The shop was charming, clean, and no high-pressure sales. They offered a wide variety of items to choose from, from jewelry, art, clothing, and children’s items. Everything in the store is made by people that live in Costa Rica, so you get a unique gift, and it benefits the local people. Things are a bit pricey, but we felt it was worth it to support local culture.
I highly recommend this store, but I would only shop there during the daylight hours.Written July 15, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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
- The owner is a really great guy, easy to talk to and has seen a lot of the world, including our small country. :) He tries to work with as many artists as he can, so his shop is really packed with unique and interesting stuff.Written March 24, 2023
- 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
- 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
- big variety of articles , something for everyone! beautiful hand made art, all imported from the Holy Land!Written April 24, 2017
- This is a great store. You can find hemp clothing and it's a CBD dispensary. They have their own brand called Osmosis CBD, a great Costa Rican brand with different natural ingredients. Not only CBD ! Amazing for gifts and wellness. You should definitely check it out!Written December 7, 2022
- 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
- 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
- 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
- It is located in the heart of Downtown San Jose, it is a quaint little kiosk in the park, you can watch the locals going about their daily lives. If you are touring the area it is a nice stop, otherwise it is not worth a trip here just to see this.Written June 10, 2014