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Has books in several languages as well as US newspapers.
Souvenirs & Gifts
Arts & Crafts
Located in the hills of Bello Horizonte in Escazú, the workshop of Biesanz Woodworks can be difficult to find, but the effort will be well worth it...
This tiny 2nd-story shop is jammed with used, mostly English-language books, for sale and trade (two for one), and displays a collection of vintage bells.
A symphony of brutal-looking steel is home to a small shopping center lined with boutiques, a bookstore, a supermarket and various eateries.
Costa Rica’s most stylish and massive shopping mall has everything you need (or don’t)...
A tiny shop with secondhand books, mostly in Spanish.
A simple corner shop in La Sabana carries fabric from all over the world, including a decent selection of hand-loomed Guatemalan textiles. Prices are reasonable.
Markets, Streets & Arcades
This is the best and cheapest place in the city to buy just about anything you’d want, whether that's a hammock (Hecho en Nicaragua ), a pura vida T-shirt (Made in China), or a vast assortment of forgettable knickkn...
This shop has a tiny selection of English-language books on the 2nd floor, as well as a rack devoted to Costa Rican literature.
Good selection of English-language books, guidebooks (including Lonely Planet), as well as topographic and other maps (available upstairs).
Step right up to the number-one tourist trap in Chepe! What you give up in authenticity you’ll make up for in convenience...
A touristy open-air market that sells everything from handcrafted jewelry and Bob Marley T-shirts to elaborate woodwork and Guatemalan sarongs.
The headquarters of all things English-language; it also carries maps and music.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Food & Drink
Los Yoses & San Pedro
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...
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