Mercado Central

restaurants / Market

Mercado Central information

San José , Costa Rica
Avs Central & 1 btwn Calles 6 & 8
Opening hours
6:30am-6pm Mon-Sat
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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, seafood and everything in between. A good spot is Mariscos Poseidon , a narrow, blue-and-yellow seafood joint run by the congenial Doris in the central market’s northern annex, just off Av 1. The ceviche mixto appetizer (fish, shrimp and octopus marinated in lime juice) is tasty and cheap, as are the generous portions of seafood-studded rice. Afterwards, head across the street to the main market for dessert at Helados de Sorbetera , a century-old local favorite that serves up cinnamon-laced frozen custard. Do as the locals do and order barquillos (cylindrical sugar cookies) to accompany your icy treat.