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For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the baked goods at Musmanni.
A sprawling shop on the north side capped by a giant toucan statue on a pole sells pricey souvenirs and NatureAir tickets; it also cashes traveler’s checks.
Religious & Spiritual
To the west of the church, this place stocks an interesting selection of rosaries, scapulars and ex-votos – and, rather incongruously, soccer paraphernalia and nail polish.
Markets, Streets & Arcades
On the main highway, about 8km west of Cartago in Tres Ríos, you’ll find this massive mall, stocked with everything from a high-end multiplex to brand-name boutiques.
Arts & Crafts
Central Valley & Highlands
This renowned workshop (the country’s oldest) produced the massive oxcart in Sarchí’s main plaza.
Food & Drink
Los Yoses & San Pedro
This smaller, economical spot is across from the Iglesia de San Pedro.
Costa Rica’s best bookstore chain, with an excellent selection of books in English, including natural history, fiction, cooking and guidebooks.
This busy four-story mall is where you'll find the Multicines, a food court, a video arcade and the usual mix of clothing and cell phone retailers.
This hip little design shop across from the Casa Amarilla sells all manner of pieces crafted by Costa Rican designers and artists, including clothing, jewelry, handbags, picture frames, zines and works of graphic art.
With a focus on sustainable design by Latin American artisans, this sleek shop stocks handmade jewelry, hand-tooled leather boots and bags, original photography, artisanal chocolates, fashion and contemporary home de...
A touristy open-air market that sells everything from handcrafted jewelry and Bob Marley T-shirts to elaborate woodwork and Guatemalan sarongs.
This fair-trade gallery run by Aisling French does a great job of bringing together artwork and crafts from a diverse population of regional ethnicities...
Hours here are hit and miss – try hitting it on the weekend. Used books (in English, Spanish, French and German) teeter in precarious towers atop crammed shelves...
Souvenirs & Gifts
You’ll find a wide selection of cigars in this tiny decade-old shop that sells stogies from all over, including brands from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Cuba.
The headquarters of all things English-language; it also carries maps and music.
Good selection of English-language books, guidebooks (including Lonely Planet), as well as topographic and other maps (available upstairs).
This shop has a tiny selection of English-language books on the 2nd floor, as well as a rack devoted to Costa Rican literature.
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