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.
Helados de Sorbetera
Head to the main market for dessert at Helados de Sorbetera , a century-old local favorite that serves up fresh sorbet and...
Avs Central & 1 btwn Calles 6 & 8 · interesting places nearby
Mercado Central information
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.