Central Market (Mercado Central)The San Juan del Sur market is located in the center of town. It opens early, winds down about 4pm, and is closed on Sundays. There you will find a variety of stalls offering local fruit, vegetables, meat, and prepared food. There are also a number of vendors that sell clothes, sandals, and household goods as well as one that will fix shoes and bags. The market is a great place to stop for a meal. There are three comedors or food stalls where you can sit down and enjoy breakfast or lunch for only a few dollars. Breakfast foods include juices, smoothies, fruit, granola, pancakes, eggs, and gallo pinto. Lunch is traditional Nicaraguan food such as soups, meats, gallo pinto, and cabbage salad.
Buying Groceries (Supermercados)A number of corner stores and pulperias in town sell basic groceries, snacks, beverages, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and alcohol. Fresh produce and meats are available at the market. A Pali grocery store recently opened at the entrance to town, approximately 200 meters east of the Texaco station.
Please do your best to support the local economy and families of San Juan del Sur by shopping at the market and locally owned stores whenever possible. Sanchez grocery, located just to the north of the market with one entrance directly in the market, is a great locally owned option. This small groceria is amazing for it’s variety of goods such as capers, ricotta cheese, brown rice,and dried cranberries, and many other items which can be hard to find in town.
You can also choose to stock up on groceries in Managua, where you will find the largest selections, on your way to San Juan del Sur. We recommend taking the Adelante Exress Shuttle who has a convenient Stop and Shop option. Their knowledgable drivers will take you where you need to go to find the specific foods and goods that you are looking for. Make your online reservation now by visiting their link to the right.