Central Valley Shopping

From upscale to bargain bin, from local souvenirs to timeless finds, we’ve culled our favorite shopping locations in Central Valley.

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Biesanz Woodworks

  • Crafts

Expat artist Barry Biesanz creates unique, world-class items from Costa Rican hardwoods, which are turned (a form of woodworking) on-site.

Casa del Soñador

  • Crafts

Stop in at this unique artisan shop, a picturesque wood cottage embellished with monumental carvings by local wood sculptor Macedonio...

Cerámica Las Palomas

  • Ceramics/Glassware

Large glazed pots with ornate decorations that range from traditional patterns to modern motifs are the specialties here. Flowerpots...

Chaverrí Oxcart Factory

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

In the nicest of the many stores south of town, you can wander through the workshops and see the artisans in action. Despite the name,...

Feria del Agricultor

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

An abundance of locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and even livestock is for sale here at San Ramon's farmers' market. The livestock...

Goodlight Books

  • Books/Stationery

One of Costa Rica’s largest used-bookstores weighs in with around 9,000 volumes, and a huge number of those are in English. It’s...

Multiplaza

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

Costa Rica's most upscale mall—think Kenneth Cole, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, and many of their Costa Rican counterparts—looms...

Paseo de Las Flores

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

This airy, pleasant, and huge shopping mall—with 340 stores, it's Costa Rica's largest—is on the main road south of town. It has...

Plaza de la Artesanía

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

Sarchí's answer to a shopping mall gathers a dozen artisan and souvenir shops under one roof. Expect to find oxcarts, the town's signature...

Volcán Poás National Park Visitor Center

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

The park's visitor center has a well-stocked shop that sells nature-themed T-shirts, cards, and posters A portion of the profits goes...

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