Helados de Sorbetera
Though josefinos mainly do their shopping at chain supermarkets, San José’s crowded indoor markets retain an old-world feel. This is...
Mercado Central Annex
The Mercado Central Annex is less touristy than Mercado Central, and is crowded with butchers, fishmongers and informal counters dishing...
The Mercado Borbón is more focused on produce, though it sells a bit of everything. (Be aware: the streets get sketchy around the Borbón.)
Teatro Melico Salazar
The restored 1920s theater has regular fine-arts performances, including music, theater, ballet and other dance.
One of the cheapest places for a good lunch is at the Mercado Central, where you’ll find a variety of sodas serving casados , tamales,...
Lonely Planet review
Head to the main market for dessert at Helados de Sorbetera , a century-old local favorite that serves up fresh sorbet and cinnamon-laced frozen custard. Do as the locals do and order barquillos (cylindrical sugar cookies) to accompany your icy treat.