Top Choice Market in San José

Feria Verde de Aranjuez

For a foodie-friendly cultural experience, don't miss this fabulous Saturday farmers market, a weekly meeting place for San José's artists and organic growers since 2010. You'll find organic coffee, artisanal chocol…
Top Choice Art in Portobelo

Galería Casa Congo

A wonderful gallery with museum-quality pieces made by Panamanian photographers, crafts people and artists. Helpful displays explain the cultural background of the groups represented, including Afro-Caribbean and in…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Granada

The Garden Shop

A fantastic new addition to the popular Garden Café, this sustainably minded boutique offers crafts, jewelry, clothing and artwork produced through NGOs and fair-trade organizations throughout Nicaragua. Artisans fr…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Reserva Indígena Boruca

Bisha Cra

Near the entrance to Boruca village if you're taking the road south of Curré, this excellent store stocks a wide range of local crafts, including some superb examples of cedarwood devil masks and intricately carved …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Puerto Jiménez

Jagua Arts & Crafts

A terrific, well-stocked crafts shop, featuring local art and jewelry, a wonderful collection of high-quality, colorful Boruca masks and black-and-ocher Guaitil pottery, as well as woven goods by the Emberá and Woun…
Top Choice Jewelry in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Luna Azul

This super-cute gallery and gift shop is packed to the gills with jewelry, clothing, soaps, sculpture and macramé, among other things. Owner Stephanie's jewelry in particular is stylish and stunning, crafted from si…
Top Choice Art in Panama City


An excellent place to find original Guna embroidery with modern designs and Congo art from Portobelo, with artisans working on site. Karavan commissions local artists and works closely to develop new talent.
Market in Sololá

Sololá Market

Sololá's market is one of the most vivid in the highlands. While an enormous new market building is under construction in front of the cathedral, the sprawling Mercado Mayoreo (wholesale market), 10 blocks north (up…
Arts & Crafts in San José

Biesanz Woodworks

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 shop is one of the finest woodcrafting studios in the nation,…
Books in Alajuela

Goodlight Books

Book-a-holics, rejoice! Alajuela has one of the best English-language bookstores in the country (if not Central America). Managed by Alajuelense Rosa Carballo, Goodlight offers more than 20,000 well-organized used a…