Mercado Central - Central market, San José

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    Central Market

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    On our first day in San Jose, we walked through some of the Central Market but did not see anything worth buying.

    Friday morning March 1st we went to the Mercado Artesania. We did our last souvenir shopping here. I was trying to buy a creche but couldn't figure out the Spanish for that. I didn't want a ceramic one because I figured (correctly) that they wouldn't ship well. I did get a wooden puzzle box and I did eventually find a creche.

    Then we took the bus back to the hotel, and flew out that afternoon.

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    Busy, big, Market

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 20, 2008

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    Consists of about 3 blocks and storefronts of market things, fruits, t-shirts, veggies, bakery, etc…. Supposed to be many pick-pockets working the area, but it wasn’t all that crowded and didn’t seem that way to me. Near the Coca-Cola train station, which is supposed to be a bit dangerous too—especially at night.

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  • Mercado Central (central market)

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    test your bargaining skills here

    The central market in the city center is more of my type of market than the craft one. This one is a huge indoor market where vendors sell items catered more towards locals. Buy fresh meats, vegetables, drinks, or meals here. Get cheap clothes, shoes, jewelry, luggage, whatever. Try some olla de carne; apparently it's a special here. The labyrinth market is not as daunting as some I have seen in other countries. It is actually quite manageable. Once again, try your luck with bargaining. It always helps if you know a little bit of Spanish.

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    Mercado Central

    by TempNomad Updated May 29, 2003

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    One entrance to the exciting Mercado Central

    Mercado Central is located at the end of the pedestrian mall in downtown San Jose. It's a truly eclectic experience. You can find knick-knacks, pack-packs, t-shirts, crafts, flowers, and whatever else you never knew you needed.

    There are "sodas" if you want cheap eats and there is the most amazing sorbet/ice cream place nestled somewhere in there. I just kept asking for "los helados" until I was directed to the correct place.

    Mercado Central could probably also go under tourist trap or warnings. Just be smart and watch your back and pockets. Definitely worth the trip!

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    Mercado Central

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    This is San Jose's main market in a colorful building of Av Central. It ranges from souvenirs to fresh meat and fish.

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    Mercado Central

    by boltonian Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Hardly Tommyfield Market

    Listing in the guide books as a 'must see', I disagree.

    A run down market that sells fruit, cheap and tacky tourist goods, and smelly meat. Have a look, but nothing great here to see.

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