San José Central Market

Local nameMercado Central de San José
LocationMerced, San José, Costa Rica

San José Central Market is the largest market of the city of San José, Costa Rica. Established in 1880, it occupies an entire block on Avenida Central, 250m northwest of the Parque Central.

The market contains a complex of narrow alleys with over 200 shops, stalls, and cheap restaurants called sodas. A huge range of meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, coffees, and other products are for sale including snakeskin boots and cowboy saddles, herbal remedies, flowers, cooked meals, souvenirs, and local handcrafts. Tens of thousands of people visit the market daily.Two blocks to the north is the Mercado Borbón, which specialises in food, with numerous butchers, fishmongers, and fruit vendors located there.

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San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch from 64 USD

Opening hours

Daily: 6:30 am - 5:45 pm

More information and contact


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Address Avenida Central San Jose, Costa Rica

Coordinates 9°56'4.994" N -84°4'55.244" E

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San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

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