Markets in Costa Rica
Find out about the main daily and weekly markets in Costa Rica and where to go for the freshest local produce...
Farmers’ markets, known as feria in Costa Rica, are usually held weekly in each neighborhood (barrio). These markets sell fruit and vegetable and other edible products. They are usually held either at the local soccer plaza, at the local district public school, or on particular streets chosen by the municipality. Farmers from all over the country bring their produce and sell it at lower prices than the supermarkets. Farmers' markets have no clear schedule; however, they almost always open early in the morning (at around 07:00) and close at around12:00.
There are other markets (mercado) that are open on different days, or that sell other products than the farmers’ markets. Some of these markets are run by the municipalities of each city, and many are housed in enclosed buildings containing different businesses; mostly food-based.
Below are some of the main municipal markets that can be found in addition to the weekly farmers’ fair. All of these markets are open from 06:00-18:00. Some of the businesses within the markets may close earlier, especially the food shops which close at around 16:00.
Mercado Central: One of the most famous enclosed markets of Costa Rica, the market is open every day with fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, herbal remedies, crafts, cowboy boots and other items for sale at low prices. A number of sodas (food stalls) offer cooked meals within the market. At Avenida Central, San José.
Mercado de Mayoreo: Wholesale produce market, which is open every day except Sunday. The market takes place at Avenida 10, San José.
Feria Verde de Aranjuez: Local organic produce market that is open every Saturday from 07:00-12:30. The market also has local vendors selling green and organic art and craft products. Situated in the Aranjuez district, 300m from the Santa Teresita church, San José.
Mercado Borbón: Selling fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and other produce. Open every day, the market takes place at Calle 3 and Calle 8, Borbón, San José.
Mercado Central de Cartago: A large, recently remodeled, enclosed market. A variety of products including food and clothes are sold. Open every day. The market is held on the corner of Avenida 1 and Calle 4, Cartago.
Mercado de Paraiso: Located in Paraiso, this market offers food and other products.
Mercado de Turrialba: Offering produce and food from the farmers of the region. Open every day.
Mercado Municipal de Perez Zeledon: This is a large enclosed market selling fruit, vegetables and meat, with food shops and restaurants. Open every day.
Mercado Central de Alajuela: This enclosed market offers a variety of food products including fruit, vegetables and meat. Additionally, other products such as clothes are sold. On Calles 4 and 6, between Avenida 1 and Central, Alajuela.
Mercado Municipal de Liberia: This is an enclosed market selling local produce and food. Open every day, the market takes place between Avenida 7 and Calle 8, 9 and 10, Liberia, Guanacaste.
Mercado Municipal de Nicoya: This is an enclosed market selling local produce and food. Open every day.