The funky 2-block stretch of
San Pedro just south of the University of Costa Rica is the closest
thing to Paris's Left Bank or New York's
East Village you'll find here. Bars and cafes are mixed in
with bookstores, malls, and shops.
Central Costa Rica is brimming
with arts and crafts, you'll find enough chioces to fill even the
largest travel bags. Take time to stop at the San Pedro mall where
you can browse for leather goods and fine handicrafts. Visitors
especially enjoy the Plaza de la culture, which every day of the
week fills with colorful stalls selling T-shirts, paintings, trinket
jewelry, and excellent-quality hammocks
Atmosfera, is one of the specilaty
shops where a recently added gallery on the second floor displays
fantastic Indian masks, carved fantasy beasts, and paintings. You
can find brightly painted ceramic buses filled with people. Wooden
and gold-plated brooches and pins are other bargains.
Marie's boutique in the Hotel Don Carlos has a complete array
of souvenirs, handicrafts, and artwork of every description, including
Panamanian Molas and silkscreen
scarves by Banana Republic. The upscale
La Galaria has a fine selection
of quality handicrafts and also features Barry Biesanz woodworks
along with reproduction Pre-Columbian 14-karat gold jewelry. Suraska
Gallery sells top-quality woodcarvings and furniture. The
works of renowned North American artists/carpenters Bary Biesanz
and Jay Morrison are on sale here.
If you want to go home looking
like the locals, check out he Mercado
Central market , where you'll find embroidered shirts and
blouses and cotton campesino hats. La
Choza Folklorica specializes in replicas of national costumes.
Typical Costa Rican dresses can also be bought at Bazaar
Central Souvenir. A good place to find the handmade appliqued
blouses and fabrics-molas-from
the Drakes's Bay region and the San Blas Islands of Panama is Antic,
next door to the Gran hotel.
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