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Costa Rica’s most stylish and massive shopping mall has everything you need (or don’t)...
The selection of crafts is crude, but you’re here for one reason, and one reason only: to buy an authentic Tico cowboy hat. Saddle up and ride!
A symphony of brutal-looking steel is home to a small shopping center lined with boutiques, a bookstore, a supermarket and various eateries.
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 renowned workshop (the country’s oldest) produced the massive oxcart in Sarchí’s main plaza.
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.
In Sarchí Norte, 200m west of the soccer field, is this kitsch-filled paradise of carretas, woodwork and painted feathers.
The oldest and best-known factory in Sarchí Sur. In the back, the small studio is a good place for watching artisans emblazon those incredible patterns on the oxcarts by hand.
A great farmers’ market is held on Fridays behind Taller Lalo Alfaro, where you can grab homemade snacks, queso palmito (a local cheese) and lots of produce.
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...
Step right up to the number-one tourist trap in Chepe! What you give up in authenticity you’ll make up for in convenience...
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).
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...
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...
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