Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose

3.8
#1 of 23 in Shopping in San Jose
Flea Market · Hidden Gem · Shopping
Create an itinerary including Central Market (Mercado Central)
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Tours to Central Market (Mercado Central)

Central Market (Mercado Central) reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
670 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • 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. 
    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.  more »
  • We didn’t find anything special there - any regular market in Mexico gives better experience I think. The goods were not nicely exposed. 
    We didn’t find anything special there - any regular market in Mexico gives better experience I think. The goods were not nicely exposed.  more »
Google
  • If you are in San Jose, this is a must visit! It can be overwhelming but the sights, sounds and smells completely fill the senses. I loved every moment we were there and got some very beautiful shots of the mounds of spices, herbs, fish markets, pet stores, leather goods, and colorful trinkets displayed, to name just a few. Get your bearings before you go in because it is easy to get lost.
  • Pretty awesome place, winding maze full of vendors and souvenir shops downtown. Reasonable prices if you look in the right places, tons of window shops for food! A mix of locals and tourists. Highly recommend the cafe central for coffee to take home!

Plan your trip to San Jose

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.