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  • Address: Avenida Central, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
  • Hours: Closed Sundays
  • Admission: Free

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San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

The lively San Jose Central Market was founded in 1880. For free entertainment and a real taste of the local atmosphere, there’s no better place in the city!

The market has more than 200 stalls, selling everything under the sun from souvenirs and cowboy boots to herbal remedies and handicrafts.

Inside you’ll also find cafes and bars for a welcome break between browsing. Pick up some coffee beans for a tasty souvenir.

Practical Info

San Jose Market is a block over from the cathedral, between Avenida Central, Avenida 1 and Calles 6 and 8.

The market covers several blocks of alleyways and backstreets next to the Mercado Borbon, which specializes in meat and fresh produce.

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Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour, San Jose, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 170 Reviews

Ready for a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of San Jose? Ride the rails to nearby Cartago and enjoy a bike tour of the historical town! After a ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99
San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour, San Jose, Rail Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

This city tour provides a bird’s eye view of San Jose enhanced with an authentic cultural experience with on-board folkloric music. The tour ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
San Jose Beer Tasting Tour, San Jose, City Tours
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San Jose Beer Tasting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 160 Reviews

Explore San Jose’s Barrio Escalante and its assortment of microbreweries on a 3-hour beer tasting tour. Your informative local guide shares knowledge of Costa ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.99
San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture, San Jose, Beer & Brewery Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Learn about local life in San Jose through its architecture, history and food. This 3-hour walking tour shows you the typical lifestyle of the capital as you ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.99
San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazú, San Jose, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazú

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 122 Reviews

Walk in the shoes of a typical ‘tico,’ or native Costa Rican, on this 4-hour evening tour of San Jose and dinner in Guachipelin. Meander through San Jose’s ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.99
San Jose Hop On Hop Off City Tour, San Jose, Night Tours
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San Jose Hop On Hop Off City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Enjoy San José with this unique Hop On Hop Off city tour. You will be able to discover the city at your own pace and enjoy a great tour on the bus ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $30.00
San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch, San Jose, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

Delve beneath the surface of San Jose on an in-depth walking tour of the city. Experience local life in Costa Rica, visit a popular park and meet an artisan ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.99

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