San Jose Shopping

Although it might seem more "authentic" to buy your souvenirs at their source, you can find everything in the city, a real bonus if you're pressed for time. If the capital has any real tourist shopping district, it's found loosely in the cluster of streets around Parque Morazán, just north of downtown, an area bounded roughly by Avenidas 1 and 7 and Calles 5 and 9. Stroll and search, because many

other businesses congregate in the area as well.

The northeastern suburb of Moravia has a cluster of high-quality crafts and artisan shops—for good reason very popular with tour groups—in the three blocks heading north from the Colegio María Inmaculada. The street is two blocks behind the city's church.

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Artesanías Zurquí

  • Ceramics/Glassware

You'll find a well-rounded selection of ceramics, wood, and leather at Artesanías Zurquí. ...

Calle Nacional de Artesanía y Pintura

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Some 100 souvenir vendors congregate in a block-long covered walkway on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia. As you approach,...

Casa de las Revistas

  • Books/Stationery

With several locations around the metro area, Casa de las Revistas has San José's best selection of magazines in English. ...


  • Crafts

Congo offers a good selection of wood carvings and ceramic bowls and vases made by local artisans. It's a small chain. ...

Feria Verde

  • Food/Candy

It's a tad out of the way, but just up the street from the Hotel Aranjuez is the city's best Saturday-morning farmers' market. Stock...

Galería Namu

  • Crafts

Downtown San José's must-stop shop is Galería Namu, which sells the best indigenous crafts in town. Its inventory brims with colorful...

Hotel Don Carlos

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

The gift shop at the Hotel Don Carlos has a good selection of popular souvenirs and CDs of Costa Rican music. ...

Hotel Grano de Oro

  • Crafts

The small gift shop at the Hotel Grano de Oro has an impressive selection of carvings and jewelry on hand. ...

Kiosco SJO

  • Crafts

Ensconced inside Barrio Escalante's trendy Kalú restaurant, equally trendy Kiosco SJO proffers a good selection of locally made woodwork,...

La Casona

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Dozens of souvenir vendors set up shop on the two floors of La Casona, in a rickety, old downtown mansion that dates from 1906. It's...


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