1. Costa Rica
  2. San José Province
  3. San Jose

San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 42299
Experience Costa Rica through its local food and herbal remedies on a food tour of San Jose. Visit markets to get inside knowledge about exotic fruits and vegetables. Stop for a cup of coffee and stroll the streets with a local to learn about daily life.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting times 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the secrets of San Jose's Borbon Market and Central Market
  • Become an expert on more than 30 local exotic fruits and vegetables
  • Savor seasonal foods and organic coffee
  • See a side to San Jose known only to locals
Full description
Join your guide for a morning pick-me-up coffee at a café in Borbon Market, where you'll get to know your guide. From here, stroll through the vibrant market and taste the local fruits. Learn the agricultural history of the area as you stop at stands such as a coffee stall. Hear all about the Costa Rican chorreado method of brewing coffee. Go to a stand that sells folk medicine and learn about cures for everything from a hangover to a broken heart. 

Next, visit Central Market and immerse yourself in the life of the 120-year-old building. Sample local delicacies from Costa Rica at a market full to the brim with food and drinks. Learn more about the herbs used in local medicines or sip on your second coffee of the day. With a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure.

By the time you end your tour at Central Market, you will be full of local knowledge. Perhaps you will have even picked up some of the local lingo along the way!
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Fruits
  • Coffee
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink, other than specified above
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal items
  • Tips for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the Los Presentes Monument in front of the Central Bank of San Jose, in between Avenue 1 and Avenue Central. GPS coordinates: 9.934514, -84.080526

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Important information
Know before you go
• Bring water, sunblock and a hat for the morning tours. It's also useful to bring a camera and some money if you want to buy some souvenirs or take photos. An umbrella or poncho is recommended if rain is forecast
• Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour. Please wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended if the weather is hot
• Children must be 6 to 11 years old inclusive. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
• Tours are conducted in English
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The day flew by so fast. My guide, Angel, was so passionate about his live of Costa Rica, and of San Jose that it was contagious. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat. I recommend Urban Tours very highly. Go early or plan to stay later to do some shopping in Central Market.

October 14, 2019

The tour guy was very professional and the tour was amazing. I highly recommend to go to this tool for the first time been San Jose.

December 16, 2019

November 28, 2019

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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 42299