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Central Marketplace
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Central Avenue, Streets 6 and 8.
Schedule: 6:00am to 6:00pm.
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This is the main marketplace of San Jose, located between the Central and First Avenues, and the Streets 6 and 8.

From Monday through Saturday, from 6:00am to 6:00pm, you can go over its narrow aisles, between stands of spices, medicinal herbs, fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and leather and wood handcrafts, all in a dark environment, but full of typical Costa Rican life.

It opened as the first municipal market of the country, in 1880. During the decade of 1940, it was extended and in 1995 was declared national heritage. The first homemade ice cream shop was established here in 1901, which has its doors opened nowadays, and tons of small restaurants (very cheap) give you the option to taste typical Costa Rican dishes, like the “olla de carne” (type of meat soup) and drink a typical “horchata” (beverage made with rice).

In order to live this experience in the safest way, enter and exit through the southern corner of the building. In order to guide yourself, use the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, patron saint and keeper of the marketplace, located almost in the center of the building, which is looking towards the south, right where you should exit.

Central Marketplace
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Seguridad del Mercado Central de San José
La Municipalidad de San José tiene un representativo de la guardia municipal que brinda el servicio de seguridad las 24 horas, sin embargo es un grupo muy reducido que no puede garantizar una seguridad total. Es muy importante informar a los turistas que no porten objetos de valor y cámaras, pues deben portar con cuidado sus objetos personales sin descuidarlos para que no sean víctimas de un robo o un hurto de sus bienes. Es una área visitada por gentes de todo estrato social y criminal.

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