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,...
Avs Central & 1 btwn Calles 6 & 8 · interesting places nearby
Mercado Central information
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 knickknacks. For something decidedly more Costa Rican, export-quality coffee beans and cigars can be bought at a fraction of the price you’ll pay in tourist shops.