Guided tour

San Jose: Central Market Tour with Food and Coffee Tasting

Activity provider: San José City Striders
Guided tour

San Jose: Central Market Tour with Food and Coffee Tasting

Activity provider: San José City Striders
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From US$ 41 per person

Likely to sell out

Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and daily life with a tour of San Jose's Central Market. Stroll through the many aisles in the company of a local guide, tasting authentic dishes and coffee.

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Live tour guide
French, Portuguese, English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Delight your palate with a variety of authentic Costa Rican specialties
  • Step into the oldest market in San Jose City, the vibrant Central Market
  • Learn about the local culture as you browse through the many aisles and stands
  • Taste authentic dishes, locally-produced coffee, and exotic fruits along the way
  • Enjoy the possibility to shop for handmade crafts and unique souvenirs
Full description

Explore the biggest and oldest market in San Jose City on a guided tour. Founded in 1880, stroll through a site that offers a glimpse into the true Costa Rican way of living, their customs, and traditions. Browse through the intricate aisles and taste unique snacks and sweets.

Join your professional guide for a trip into the heart of Costa Rican culture. Dive into the busy Central Market for an authentic experience of the local lifestyle. Hear about the history of this ancient market and learn about each of the traditional products sold.

Observe and shop for typical handcrafts as you walk around. Sample exotic fruits and dishes that may include empanadas, cheese tortillas, 'chicharrones' (pork rind), and tamales. Sip on artisanal coffee and taste the emblematic 'sorbetera' ice cream.

  • Tour guide
  • Food and coffee tastings
  • Extra food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the main entrance of the Costa Rica National Theater. They will be holding an orange umbrella.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Please keep in mind this activity involves some moderate walking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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January 24, 2023

We had such a great tour with Amaral - he is a lovely guy and a great guide, really knowledgeable and passionate about all things San Jose. We loved learning about the city and trying all sorts of amazing foods, the Granadilla fruit was unbelievable - I would definitely recommend this tour!

January 19, 2023

Our guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Above all, he was passionate, which is plain to see. Amaral gave us a great and thorough tour of San Jose downtown and the marketplace. We learned SO much and tried SO many foods. If you are a foodie, this is a must for you. Great food, great prices and great tour guide. (Come hungry!) 10/10.

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January 2, 2023

Product ID: 432850