By Marina Kuperman
Central America Travel Expert, about.com
San Jose is the capital city of sunny Costa Rica. It is located on the Central Valley and surrounded by gorgeous and lush mountains. This also is where most of the population of the country is concentrated, making it the cultural center of Costa Rica. San Jose is a place that can’t be missed, by any visitor, especially for the shopping.
The city is a great place to shop for anything you might want. If you don’t want to shop, it is always fun to visit these authentic shops and markets just to check out at all of the cool stuff that is being sold.
4 of The Top Places for Shopping in San Jose, Costa Rica:
1. Galeria Namu
If your thing is to visit art galleries you will love this one. This is a pretty unique one, it is a fair-trade gallery that brings together artwork and crafts from pretty much every ethnicity of the country. There are masks from the Boruca people, woven baskets, dolls from the Guaymi, Bribri canoes, ceramis from the Chorotega and many other amazing things.
If you want to visit the populations that create all of these pieces of art the gallery is also known for arranging trips to those remote villages hidden in all corners of Costa Rica to whoever is interested.
[post_ads]2. The Central MarketIf you want to find a good variety of products and great prices go to the central market. There is everything from hammocks, prepared food, clothes, handcrafts, produce, meat, cigars and coffee. You can get all of that for a small fraction of the price that you will find in other more touristy places.
Traditional markets like this one are great places to visit if you want to learn about the local culture and daily life. In it you can get lost for hours looking at everything that it has to offer. All you have to bring is your camera and comfy shoes.
3. Kiosko SJOThis is another art gallery, but it is also quite special. It is a boutique, style gallery that showcases fashion, contemporary art, urban culture and even furniture that integrate sustainable design. Kiosko SJO is a cool place to see and buy the best in Latin American design, where almost everything is eco-friendly.
This is a place that locals visit to find products by well know designers at accessible prices. Kiosko SJO is located in the historic Barrio Amón of San Jose.
4. Multiplaza EscazuIf, on the other hand, you are looking for a large and stylish shopping mall Multiplaza Escazú might be your best choice. Aside from all of the shops that offer everything you might want and more, you will find a large department store with good prices that offers everything from furniture to camping gear and kitchen supplies.
It is really easy to get to the mall from a lot of points of the city because of how popular it is. All you have to do is find a bus that says ‘Escazú Multiplaza’ and tell the driver to let you know once you get there.