Search for "Paris" or "Colosseum"

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

Badge of ExcellenceSan José, Costa Rica

From USD 48.00

Select Date and Travellers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Visit the Central Market in San Jose on this guided tour and learn about its 136-year history. There, sample regional staples like tropical seasonal fruit, tortillas, ice cream, Costa Rican coffee, and other local specialities. Plus, find out how and why San Jose became the capital city of Costa Rica.
  • Learn about the city and its culture through its food market
  • Find out why San Jose became the capital city
  • Morning and afternoon tour times are available
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is included for an additional charge

What's Included

  • Food tasting
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • National Theater of Costa Rica
    Avenida 2, C. 5, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica

    We meet up at the front door of National Theater.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point
Type to search

End point

  • San José Central Market
    WWM9+V5H, Calle 8, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica

    Tour ends at the Central Market, just a few blocks away from meeting point.

Pickup details

We pick up in all hotels located in the Great Metropolitan Area (GAM), PickUp time will be informed based on hotel location.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Traveller Photos

See more
24 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-3 of 24 reviews
Wonderful tour!
lbulmer, Feb 2020
Wow, we loved this tour. Our guide, Ivannia, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was much more comprehensive than we expected it to be, as we got to see some of the main buildings in downtown San Jose as well as going through Central Market and sampling some of the food and drinks. I highly recommend this tour!
TyAyra_W, Dec 2019
I enjoyed every moment of the tour. I learned so much and the food was so good that we were able to taste. Our tour guide was very fun and engagingly with us. He even gave out of his pocket for me.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you so much for leaving a review! :) We are very happy you liked the tour, enjoyed the food and had the opportunity to explore the city! Welcome back anytime
Amazing way to learn about and...
Rosalind J, Apr 2018
Amazing way to learn about and experience the culture of San Jose. The market we visited was truly the heart of the capital so it felt like it really captured the spirit of what the capital is. The food samples were great, we were able to try coffee, tortillas, and ice cream. Also a great way to shop like a local. Tour guide was spirited and passionate it was a very good package.