San José Borbons Market & Central Market Food Tour in Small Groups

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Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour that takes you through the busy streets, bustling markets and tranquil parks. Discover a side to this city only heard from the mouths of locals, while indulging in typical cuisine and one of Costa Rica's most delectable exports - coffee.


  • Explore the city with a local guide, learn insider knowledge and all the local secrets behind San Jose's most famous landmarks

  • Discover the secrets behind handicrafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at Borbon and San Jose Central Market

  • Sample Costa Rican food and its legendary coffee

  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests


Tours in San jose
Departs From:
San Jose
Meeting Point:
Central Market
3 hours
daily except Sunday at 8:30 AM
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Get your cameras ready because you wouldn't want to miss a single moment of this colorful local experience. Get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and the smoothies they can create in the midst of the vibrant city markets. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life. Take a wander through the city with us on this tour that takes typical San Jose and turns it into a local experience you'll never forget.

Start off with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons market where you'll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area. Visit a number of stands, from a coffee stand to learn the Costa Rican chorreado brewing method to a local folk medicine stand and learn about curing everything from a hangover to a broken heart. Coffee and markets play a very important role in the history of San Jose and you'll get the inside scoop on what they mean to the city and its citizens.

Continue along local roads towards the Central Market. Seeing the diverse sites of these markets will help you get to know the country and its rich history and on this tour, you'll be another sense - taste - to get more in tune with San Jose.

Here in San Jose, there's no better place to experience the local cuisine than the Central Market, a 120-year old building full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drinks. A trip to the Central Market is an experience that no visitor should miss, and with a local guide by your side, you'll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, or simply sip on your second smooth and rich Costa Rican coffee of the day.

The Central Market will be the last stop on this tour, and by the end you'll be full of local knowledge (and perhaps even some local lingo!), giving you the full San Jose experience that is sure to be a highlight of your time in this vibrant city.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Food samples


  • Additional food and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please note

  • Children below 6 years old are free of charge.

  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour, and we advise you wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen may need to be worn if the weather is hot.  

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Tour approximately takes 3 hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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