Despite the occasional downpour, Costa Rica's tropical weather makes it an ideal place for outdoor shopping, and pedestrian friendly promenades are favorite shopping destinations for Ticos and tourists. Avenida Escazu is the newest of the outdoor shopping destinations and no expense is spared when it comes to setting a most festive shopping spirit; live entertainment, DJs, and dance performances are among the enhancements to the shopping experience- stroll the long stretch of this pedestrian-only street lined with high-end boutiques, hip eateries, and an IMAX theater. In downtown San Jose proper, Avenida Central is a classic Costa Rican shopping destination with all kinds of shops lining the street that stretches for several blocks through the city. Fill up on souvenirs at the old-school Mercado Central; here vendors proffer everything from Costa Rican coffee and fresh produce to cell phone accessories, souvenirs, and clothing. If you're looking to shop in a traditional mall with department stores, a food court, and a movie theater, head to the Muitiplaza Mall, Mall San Pedro, or Plaza Cariari. Instead of big malls, every small town in Costa Rica has a weekly feria (market), or several, which are the best sources for locally made artisanal food and gifts.
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